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THE SPECIAL RELATIONSHIP

by Richard Loncraine

synopsis

In 1992 Labour leader Tony Blair goes to America and is impressed by the policies of President 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, Bush.

international title: The Special Relationship
original title: The Special Relationship
country: United Kingdom, United States
year: 2010
genre: fiction
directed by: Richard Loncraine
release date: ES 02/09/2010, UK 18/09/2010, IT 10/12/2010
screenplay: Peter Morgan
cast: Michael Sheen, Dennis Quaid, Helen McCrory, Hope Davis, Adam Godley, Chris Wilson, Mark Bazeley, Demetri Goritsas, Eric Meyers, Kerry Shale, Matthew Marsh, John Schwab
cinematography by: Barry Ackroyd
film editing: Melanie Oliver
art director: Maria Djurkovic
costumes designer: Consolata Boyle
music: Alexandre Desplat
producer: Ann Wingate, Tracey Scoffield, Frank Doelger
production: BBC Films, Rainmark Films Ltd.
distributor: Medusa Film
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