The Special Relationship (2010)




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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.
Art House & International , Drama
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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
Lara Pulver
as Intern
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

All Critics (21) | Top Critics (2)

Very astute.

June 1, 2010
At the Movies
Top Critic

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

June 1, 2010
At the Movies
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | October 21, 2010

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

Full Review… | August 16, 2010
ABC Radio Brisbane

The third act in the chronicles of Tony Blair features Michael Sheen and scribe Peter Morgan in fine form, but a shaky turn by Dennis Quaid mars The Special Relationship from reaching its full potential.

Full Review… | August 10, 2010
Matt's Movie Reviews

A dramatically flat exploration of the friendship between British Prime Minister Tony Blair and US President Bill Clinton, as they navigate the personal and national challenges of high office.

Full Review… | August 7, 2010

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

Super Reviewer

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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