6.8/10
3,788
24 user 34 critic

The Special Relationship (2010)

A dramatization that traces former UK prime minister Tony Blair's relationships with Bill Clinton and George W. Bush.

Director:

Writer:

Reviews
Popularity
3,972 ( 2,914)

Watch Now

With Prime Video

WATCH NOW
Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 2 wins & 22 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

The Deal (TV Movie 2003)
Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Follows the rise to power of Tony Blair, and his friendship and rivalry with his contemporary, Gordon Brown.

Director: Stephen Frears
Stars: David Morrissey, Matt Blair, Michael Sheen
The Queen (2006)
Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

After the death of Princess Diana, Queen Elizabeth II struggles with her reaction to a sequence of events nobody could have predicted.

Director: Stephen Frears
Stars: Helen Mirren, Michael Sheen, James Cromwell
Recount (TV Movie 2008)
Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A chronicle of the weeks after the 2000 U.S. Presidential election, and the subsequent recounts in Florida.

Director: Jay Roach
Stars: Kevin Spacey, Bob Balaban, Denis Leary
Into the Storm (TV Movie 2009)
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Continuing the storyline of The Gathering Storm (2002), Churchill at War is a look at the former British prime minister's life and career at the end of WWII.

Director: Thaddeus O'Sullivan
Stars: Brendan Gleeson, Clive Mantle, Adrian Scarborough
Path to War (TV Movie 2002)
Biography | Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

In the mid-1960s, President Johnson and his foreign-policy team debate the decision to withdraw from or escalate the war in Vietnam.

Director: John Frankenheimer
Stars: Michael Gambon, Donald Sutherland, Alec Baldwin
Longford (TV Movie 2006)
Biography | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A portrait of Lord Longford, a tireless British campaigner whose controversial beliefs often resulted in furious political debate and personal conflict.

Director: Tom Hooper
Stars: Lee Boardman, Jim Broadbent, Tam Dean Burn
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
...
Strategist
...
...
...
...
...
Protocol Officer
...
...
...
...
Advisor to the Clintons
...
Intern
...
American Journalist
...
British Journalist
...
Foreign Policy Advisor
Edit

Storyline

In 1992, Labour leader Tony Blair goes to America and is impressed by the policies of President Bill Clinton, 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, George W. Bush. Written by don @ minifie-1

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

From the writer of The Queen and Frost/Nixon. See more »


Certificate:

TV-14 | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

| |  »

Country:

|

Language:

|

Release Date:

29 May 2010 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Untitled Peter Morgan Project  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

| (archive footage)| (archive footage)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

David Morrissey was asked to reprise his role of Gordon Brown, however he left before filming because his character only had one scene. In the end Chris Wilson played the role. See more »

Goofs

Shortly after the movie begins in 1992, a political strategist presents 1988 election results outlining blue Democrat and red Republican states. Descriptions of blue and red representing Democrat and Republican voting tendencies or results, respectively, did not begin being used until the 2000 elections. See more »

Quotes

Bill Clinton: This Administration has been born in controversy, national shame and illegality, and it is my bet that that's the way they'll go out.
See more »

Connections

Follows The Queen (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Friendship
Written by Cole Porter
Performed by The New Broadway Cast Recording
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
fantastic
17 January 2011 | by (Austin, TX, United States) – See all my reviews

I enjoyed every minute of this film and think it represents the best in political filmmaking. As a former high school civics teacher, I wish I had had a film like this to show my classes on the inner workings of real government. I highly recommend that teachers rent this film along with "All the President's Men" to explore both the weaknesses and strengths of our democratic system.

Dennis Quaid was Bill Clinton.

I found the film to be even-handed and responsible in covering events in our history that many of us wish had never happened. Loved the kitchen scene after Bush's victory speech between Blair and Clinton.

Don't miss the opportunity to rent or buy this film!


7 of 10 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?