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The Special Relationship (2010)

The Special Relationship is a TV movie starring Michael Sheen, Demetri Goritsas, and Adam Godley. A dramatization that traces former UK prime minister Tony Blair's relationships with Bill Clinton and George W. Bush.

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  • Genre: Biography | Drama
  • Quality: 720p
  • Size: 1.11G
  • Resolution: / fps
  • Language: English
  • Run Time: 93
  • IMDB Rating: 6.8/10 
  • MPR: Normal
  • Peers/Seeds: 1 / 2

The Synopsis for The Special Relationship (2010) 720p

In 1992, Labour leader goes to America and is impressed by the policies of President , which he uses to reshape his party. Two years later, he is invited back for an audience with Clinton, who, rightly, predicts that he will be Britain's next Prime Minister. Thus begins the 'special relationship' between the two, though Clinton is clearly the senior partner with Blair seeking his advice on Northern Ireland. The situation in Kosovo however reverses the roles as Blair forces American intervention by a reluctant president and is seen in the American media as the hero of the hour. As Clinton accuses his ally of stabbing him in the back the special relationship starts to sour and, with Clinton ultimately out of the White House, Blair takes his first photo call with the next incumbent, .


The Director and Players for The Special Relationship (2010) 720p

[Director]Richard Loncraine
[Role:]Michael Sheen
[Role:]Marc Rioufol
[Role:]Adam Godley
[Role:]Demetri Goritsas


The Reviews for The Special Relationship (2010) 720p


Michael Sheen great in reasonable TV movieReviewed bySnoopyStyleVote: 7/10

The movie starts with Tony Blair (Michael Sheen) coming over to America to learn from their experiences and try to reinvigorate the Labour Party. He develops a close relationship with Bill Clinton (Dennis Quaid). Then the relationships get more complex, and the movie ends with a press briefing from the real George W and Blair.

The movie is looking at this mostly from the point of view of Tony Blair. He starts off as an almost giddy schoolboy in awe of the great Bill Clinton. Michael Sheen is the best thing in this movie. He is probably the best person for the role. His superior acting skills is on full display. Dennis Quaid is not as good. He comes off as mimicking the president. Hope Davis is quite effective as Hillary. It's a pretty good recitation of the Clinton-Blair years concentrating on Northern Ireland, Lewinsky, and Kosovo from a 90 minutes HBO TV movie.

Missed opportunityReviewed byborwi00Vote: 3/10

What was surprising about Blair's relationship with Clinton? This film was a missed opportunity to explore the far more surprising 'special relationship' between Blair and Bush. The film has some great production and sets, but apart from a stand-out superb performance by Hope Davis as Hilary Clinton (a role that she will play again), everybody else come over as slightly out of sync. Michael Sheen spent the whole movie playing the new boy at boarding school, where he was much less convincing than in The Queen. Dennis Quaid was the least convincing, particularly when playing a scene next to Hope Davis. Is there a better Clinton out there? You must think so. All in all it seemed like a wasted 90 minutes, showing very little of the corridors of power, touching lightly on the events of the day. This seemed to be more an issue with the lightness of the events than with the writing as Peter Morgan did a much more convincing job on The Queen. If this is the precursor to Special Relationship 2 - The Gulf War, I would suggest skipping this and finding out why Blair got along so well with someone who was not like him.

The story of a beautiful friendshipReviewed byMaxBorg89Vote: 8/10

Following the "secret" story of his election (The Deal) and his first major crisis (The Queen), writer Peter Morgan ends his unofficial Tony Blair trilogy with one of the most famous aspects of the man's political career: his friendship with US President Bill Clinton, and the hopes and problems that came with it.

The film, made as a co-production between BBC and HBO (where it premiered in May 2010, though it has been picked up for theatrical release in other countries), starts in slightly familiar territory, showing us Blair (played, once again, by Michael Sheen) before he was elected, and the same goes for Clinton (Dennis Quaid), who immediately befriends the British politician on the grounds that they have a lot in common: young (politically speaking), ambitious and eager to make a difference in their respective governments. Once both men are in office, the cooperation goes very smoothly, prompting the media - and the two friends themselves - to talk about a "special relationship" between America and Great Britain. However, like most relationships, it has to face some hard times, most notably the conflict in the former Jugoslavia and, on a more private front, the Lewinsky scandal, which drives a wedge between Bill and Hillary (Leslie Hope) and Tony and Cherie (Helen McCrory, reprising her role from The Queen).

Like most of Morgan's work, The Special Relationship puts a lot of emphasis on character and performance, especially Sheen who, by now, wears Blair's clothes and mannerisms like they were a second skin, a fact that becomes more evident when archive footage is used to show the man's first encounter with a very different Commander in Chief (one George W. Bush), and he's ably assisted by the excellent Quaid who, having already played a President in American Dreamz, gets past the not-so-perfect physical resemblance between himself and the real Clinton to deliver a fully formed portrayal of a flawed, but very charismatic individual. On the female side, Hope is the usual guarantee of quality, while McCrory is a bit of a revelation, taking advantage of the increase in screen-time she has been granted compared to The Queen.

That said, the film is probably the least dramatically poignant of the trilogy. Maybe it has to do with the change in the director's chair (goodbye Stephen Frears, hello Richard Loncraine), but the real reason is the excessive familiarity of the material: whereas The Deal and The Queen dealt with the unseen (and largely fictionalized) side of their respective stories, The Special Relationship centers around a piece of Anglo-American history that has been widely covered multiple times, meaning there's very little on screen, no matter how entertaining, that people haven't heard of before.

Overall, a slightly underwhelming but consistently amusing look at the workings of English and US politics, propelled by a flawless double act and some Aaron Sorkin-like writing. If this is the last we'll see of Michael Sheen as Tony Blair, one thing is clear: it's been a very pleasant experience.

7,5/10

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