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    Added by: David Beckett
    Added on: 15/9/2010 11:26
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    The Special Relationship

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    Never underestimate the politics of friendship.
    Certificate: 15
    Running Time: 88
    Retail Price: £15.99
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    Content Type: Movie

    Michael Sheen again reprises his role as Tony Blair in the third film in writer Peter Morgan's informal 'Blair trilogy' following The Deal and the Academy Award winning The Queen. The Special Relationship is a dramatic and compelling look at Tony Blair and Bill Clinton's overlapping years in office, their burgeoning political and personal friendship, and it's eventual unravelling in bitterness and mistrust. Beginning in 1992 when Bill was newly elected and Tony was still climbing the ranks of the Labour Party, we see Tony's visit to the US to take advice from Democratic political strategists, very much the junior partner. Flashing forward 4 years, the relationship is cemented with Bill hosting Tony at the White House and thus giving a massive boost to Tony's candidacy, and with Tony repaying the favour by remaining steadfast in support of a President increasingly engulfed by personal scandal. Fractures soon appear however over the issue of military intervention in Kosovo, and subsequently the Lewinsky affair.

    Morgan skilfully lifts the veil on the personal impact of this on the two leaders as well as it's effect on their wives Hilary (Hope Davis, Synechdoche New York) and Cherie (Helen McCrory, again reprising her role), who by then had developed a friendship of their own. Climaxing with the American elections of 2000 and the emergence of the new Bush regime, the seeds of the subsequent course of the UK's relationship with the US are laid bare.

    A captivating look into the meshing of personality and power, and how easily even the strongest bonds come unglued.

    Special Features:
    • Interviews
    • Making Of
    • Trailer

    Video Tracks:
    Anamorphic Widescreen 1.78:1

    Audio Tracks:
    Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround English
    Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo English

    Subtitle Tracks:

    Directed By:
    Richard Loncraine

    Written By:

    Michael Sheen
    Dennis Quaid
    Helen McCrory
    Hope Davis
    Lara Pulver
    Adam Godley
    Chris Wilson
    Mark Bazeley

    Casting By:
    Nina Gold

    Soundtrack By:
    Alexandre Desplat

    Director of Photography:
    Barry Ackroyd

    Costume Designer:
    Consolata Boyle

    Production Designer:
    Maria Djurkovic

    Frank Doelger
    Ann Wingate
    Tracey Scoffield

    Executive Producer:
    Peter Morgan
    Frank Marshall
    Christine Langan
    Kathleen Kennedy
    Andy Harries

    Optimum Home Entertainment

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