The Special Relationship


The Special Relationship

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Screenwriter Peter Morgan (Frost/Nixon, The Queen) explores the complex relationship that developed between former American President Bill Clinton and former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Tony Blair as the two progressive statesmen strived to unite their countries toward a common goal. The growing bond between President Clinton and Prime Minister Blair is later solidified by the fact that their wives, Hillary Clinton and Cherie Blair, seem to have just as much in common as their powerful husbands.

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Michael Sheen
as Tony Blair
Dennis Quaid
as Bill Clinton
Hope Davis
as Hillary Rodham Clinton
Helen McCrory
as Cherie Blair
Adam Godley
as Jonathan Powell
Mark Bazeley
as Alastair Campbell
Chris Wilson
as Gordon Brown
Matthew Marsh
as Foreign Policy Advisor
Demetri Goritsas
as Strategist
Marc Rioufol
as Jacque Chirac
Nancy Crane
as Protocol Officer
John Schwab
as Reporter
Kerry Shale
as Advisor to the Clintons
Eric Meyers
as American Journalist
Rufus Wright
as British Journalist
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Critic Reviews for The Special Relationship

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The relationship between Blair and Clinton never seems capable, dramatically speaking, of bearing the weight the film assigns to it.

Aug 6, 2010 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

The film is immensely entertaining, whether fair or not. Sheen is brilliant, as we have come to expect, but Quaid's Clinton is perhaps the greater surprise because he gets well beyond the charm.

Aug 6, 2010 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Very astute.

Jun 1, 2010

It's smart and believable and very well-acted.

Jun 1, 2010

The Special Relationship does indeed focus on a friendship between two (admittedly powerful) dudes, but this is more than a mere episode of Entourage. For one thing, stuff happens.

Oct 21, 2010 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

[The] glimpse of the real Blair was far more interesting than the clichéd version we saw throughout the film.

Aug 16, 2010 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Special Relationship


Michael Sheen steals the show, and turns in another excellent performance. The movie itself was a little under whelming for me...decent, but nothing overly exciting.

Cynthia S.
Cynthia S.

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Could have been better I think but interesting. Wasn't as into Quaid's Clinton as I was the other main three actors - great performaces from them.

Sunil Jawahir
Sunil Jawahir

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Michael Sheen reprises his role as Tony Blair from The Queen. This time we have more insight to Blair as presented through his relationship will US President Bill Clinton. Dennis Quaid is believable as Clinton, but Hope Davis shines as Hillary. Doesn't shy away from controversy and paints an even picture of Blair as an idealist, but ultimately a politician through and through.

Anthony Valletta
Anthony Valletta

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If you wander about the name of the movie, it comes from a phrase used to describe the close political, diplomatic, cultural and historical relations between the United Kingdom and the United States, following its use in a 1946 speech by British statesman Winston Churchill. The first drafts of the film dealt with Blair's special relationships with U.S. Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. However, screenwriter Peter Morgan excluded the Bush scenes from subsequent drafts (thus ending the narrative on January 20, 2001) because he found the Blair/Clinton dynamic more interesting. Morgan intended to make his directorial debut with the film but backed out a month before filming began and was replaced by Richard Loncraine. It is well executed movie with a real PR success... it managed to present two real war criminals as some kind of "liberators" with high moral standards...

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