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Release Date: 2003

DVD Release Date: July 29th, 2008

Not Yet Rated|1 hr 30 min

Plot Summary
In the early 1980s, Margret Thatcher's Conservative regime is in full effect. Gordon Brown (David Morrissey), a new recruit in Parliament, meets Tony Blair (Michael Sheen), another member, for the first time. They become friends as they simultaneously climb through the ranks of British government. But, when British Labour leader John Smith (Frank Kelly) suddenly dies, tension between the two friends rises, as both Brown and Blair want Smith's position -- and to run for prime minister.

Cast: Michael Sheen, David Morrissey, Frank Kelly, Elizabeth Berrington, Paul Rhys, Dexter Fletcher, Glenna Morrison, Matt Blair

Director: Stephen Frears

Genres: Drama

Production Co: Granada Television

Keywords: England, 1980s, Transformation, Office, London, Tense, Engaging, 1990s, Rivalry, Friendship

Ratings & Reviews

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  • Christian Slater and Selma Blair head a solid cast that Harvey Kahn directs with cool efficiency as the tension steadily rises with every passing minute. show more

  • But the problem is, The Deal, like a lot of real-life Wall Street deals, is a labyrinth into which the plot tends to disappear. The ideas in the film are challenging, the level of expertise is high, the performances are convincing, and it's only at the level of story construction and dramatic clarity that the film doesn't succeed. show more

  • Has the worst happy ending I've seen in a while. show more

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