The Special Relationship

The Special Relationship

DVD - 2010
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Rating: TV-14.
A powerful new look at the human side of iconic world leaders. In 1993, Tony Blair was a rising young star in British politics. Three years later he ran for Prime Minister, and began a 'special relationship' with U.S. President Bill Clinton that endured through triumph, conflict, and personal scandal. The behind-the-scenes story of two world leaders who forged a loyal, if tempestuous, friendship out of the crucible of political necessity:
Publisher: [United States] : Home Box Office, 2010
ISBN: 9780780662759
078066275X
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 91 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in

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voisjoe1 Jan 21, 2013

A good view of the relationship between Clinton and Blair through the Lewinski scandal, problems with Northern Ireland and the withdrawal of the Serbs from Kosovo. In the end, Clinton warns Blair that forming too close a relationship with Cheney/Bush might not be his best option. Look for the review on this site that seems to confuse Clinton with Bush.

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Michael
Feb 18, 2012

This would have been better as a series - rather than a movie... just too much history to cover - both between the two leaders (and their wives) but also domestically & internationally. As it is... it comes off ok... but could have been better with less platitudes, and more clean, crisp, observations on what motivated these two great men! p.s. And 'fmaack'... it's tough to take you seriously, man, - if you can't even get your Presidents, right! lol

kevfarley Jan 19, 2012

Intresting up to a point ,.. but I kept remembering that most of the supposed dialogue and emotional texture of these relationships must be purely conjecture,. with an eye to creating dramatic intrest. Its NOT historical.

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GHN
Oct 28, 2011

Using just a few facts, this movie makes the story quite believable!

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fmaack
Jun 22, 2011

Sheen is a pretty good Blair but Quaid is a less convincing Bush. He comes across as more like himself and less like Bush. Josh Brolin was much better in "W"

The plot is pretty dull. Did we really need to revisit the Lewinsky affair? I suppose it's unavoidable but it seemed a bit crass to have to see that whole thing again in a movie.

The two were obviously both egomaniacs. Clinton believed that centrist politics would be worldwide at the beginning of the century. So much for that idea. It's kind of a scary notion that he wanted his specific vision of politics thrust upon everyone though. Even if it is less offensive than neo-conservatism.

sit_walk Apr 29, 2011

Decently diverting, but not particularly insightful. Much gloss, little substance.

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phyllis49
Mar 19, 2012

Tells the behind-the-scenes story of the friendship forged between President Bill Clinton and Tony Blair just before Blair was elected British prime minister.
Michael Sheen, Dennis Quaid, Hope Davis, Helen McCrory, Mark Bazeley.

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