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The Deal (2003)

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

Director:

Stephen Frears

Writers:

Peter Morgan, James Naughtie (based on the book by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
David Morrissey ... Gordon Brown
Matt Blair Matt Blair ... Ed Balls
Michael Sheen ... Tony Blair
Dexter Fletcher ... Charlie Whelan
Philippe De Grossouvre Philippe De Grossouvre ... Waiter
Eilidh Fraser Eilidh Fraser ... Returning Officer
Frank Kelly ... John Smith
Stuart McQuarrie ... Scottish MP 1
Ian Hanmore ... Scottish MP 2
Nick Falk Nick Falk ... Junior Tory Minister
Paul Rhys ... Peter Mandelson
Jon Snow Jon Snow ... Himself
Stuart Bowman ... Journalist 1
Roshan Rohatgi Roshan Rohatgi ... Journalist 2
Gordon Morris ... Party Worker
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Follows the rise to power of Tony Blair, and his friendship and rivalry with his contemporary, Gordon Brown.

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Genres:

Biography | Drama

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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 November 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Deal - Berättelsen om Tony Blair See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Granada Television See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (HBO Print)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color
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Trivia

Dropped by ITV who were concerned about its political content. Picked up by Channel 4. See more »

Goofs

On the night of the 1992 election Brown speaks to Blair on his phone from his own constituency in Scotland. He tells him Peter (Mandelson) is with him. This is impossible as Mandelson will have been in Hartlepool (200 miles away) for his own election to parliament. See more »

Quotes

Tony Blair: So do you think reticence like yours is a specifically Scottish trait? Because I've always thought there are broadly two kinds of Scot, the angry ginger kind and the brooding, intensely private saturnine kind.
Gordon Brown: You ask this as a Scot yourself, of course?
Tony Blair: You may mock, but I am a Scot.
Gordon Brown: As well as being black and working-class?
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References EastEnders (1985) See more »

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Excellent and compelling
23 November 2003 | by phantomappleSee all my reviews

By providing us not only with the political faces of these two great men but with their flawed human underbellies, the director drags us into the heart of the clash - the stylistic differences between Bed and Breakfast (Blair and Brown). What a performance.. Watch the news afterward and you won't know which program was the real one. 10/10


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