The Special Relationship

Synopsis: 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.
Director(s): Richard Loncraine
Production: Home Box Office (HBO)
  Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 2 wins & 22 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
93 min

- partners.

- through thick and thin.

Night or day.

Right or wrong.

if you're ever in a jam,

here I am

if you ever need a pal,

I'm your gal

if you ever feel so happy

you land in jail,

I'm your bail

it's friendship, friendship

just the perfect blendship

when other friendships

have been forgot

ours will still be hot

if you're ever down a well,

ring my bell

if you ever catch on

fir send a wire

if you ever lose your teeth

when you're out to dine,

borrow mine

it's friendship, friendship

just the perfect blendship

when other friendships

go up in smoke

ours will still be oke

if you ever lose your mind,

I'll be kind

if you ever lose your shirt

I'll be hurt

if you're ever in a mill

and get sawed in half,

I won't laugh

it's friendship, friendship

just the perfect blendship

when other friendships

have been forgate

ours will still be great

when other friendships

have been forgot

ours will still be hot!

- quack quack!

- woof woof!

Hi. tony blair, that's me.

Uh... uh, could you just

open the boot, please?


- - 1988.

Voters with an annual income

of $15,000 to $50,000

voted 20% democrat, 48% republican.

In 1992 those same voters

go for clinton 45%,

versus 35% for bush.


Because we redefined ourselves.

We reached out to voters

who felt that the social

policies of conservatives

were selfish and uncaring

and convinced them that

we were not the old style,

wasteful tax-and-spend liberals

conservatives would have

them believe we were.

So welfare... provide welfare

but with a time limit,

mandate job training,

get those people skills

and get them back off the dole.

The same with crime.

Be tough on the causes of crime...

education, lack of education,


but be tough on criminals as well.

You're gonna have to listen

to what people are saying.

Don't keep coming at them

with ideas and language

they don't want.

It's a hell of a lot easier to

change what your party stands for

than to change what people want.

Policy is only going

to get you so far.

If you guys are

serious about putting

the labour party back into power,

above everything,

you're going to need to get

yourselves one of these...

a bona fide, triple-a

vote-winning political superstar.

Monsieur le president.

Our prime minister, john major,

and my political

opponents in britain,

believe that they will

win the next election

by expressing their

hostility to europe.

Well, not me.

let- I'm sorry, mr. blair...

Excuse me. excuse me.

Tony, that was terrific.

They loved you.

So good, I almost

believed it myself.

I just got a confirmation

from the foreign office.

It's a yes for the washington trip.

- great! - meeting with the

chairman of the federal reserve,

reception at the british embassy-

- And clinton?

A one-on-one with the man himself

in the oval office.

With the full white house

press corps in attendance.

But I thought leaders of the opposition

were meant to be kept at a distance

so as not to upset

the prime minister.

- they are.

- So why the exception?

Well, it's obvious, isn't it?

They think you're going to win.

Have you seen my blue shirt?

- what? - have you seen

my blue shirt?

I can't hear you!

Well, they'll have to go to

the court of appeals for that,

if they have the stomach for it.

- have you seen my blue shirt?

- Which blue shirt?

- the pale blue.

- Look in the basket.

Yeah, I'll see you at court 27.

If I put it in the basket,

why didn't she do it?

- take another shirt.

- I've already chosen my tie.

- then take another tie.

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Peter Morgan

Peter Julian Robin Morgan CBE (born 10 April 1963) is a British film writer and playwright. Morgan is best known for writing the historical films and plays The Queen, Frost/Nixon, The Damned United and Rush. more…

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