• Michael Clayton (2007)

Michael Clayton

Release Date: October 5th, 2007

DVD Release Date: February 19th, 2008

R |2 hr 0 min

Plot Summary

Former prosecutor Michael Clayton (George Clooney) works as a "fixer" at the corporate law firm of Kenner, Bach and Ledeen, and takes care of his employer's dirty work. Burned out and deep in debt, he is bound tightly to the firm. Clayton faces the biggest challenge of his career when a guilt-ridden attorney (Tom Wilkinson) has a breakdown during a huge class-action lawsuit.

Cast: George Clooney, Tom Wilkinson, Tilda Swinton, Sydney Pollack, Ken Howard, Michael O'Keefe, Denis O'Hare, Julie White

Director: Tony Gilroy

Genres: Drama

Production Co: Mirage Enterprises, Section Eight Ltd.

Distributors: Warner Bros.

Keywords: Quest, Police officer, New York City, Brother, Pursuit, 2000s, Deception, Wife, Intense, Suspenseful

Ratings & Reviews

  • 100
    Claudia PuigUSA Today

    It's a rare film that can challenge our minds and rattle our nerves so profoundly. This is unequivocally a thriller for adults. A deftly written, tautly suspenseful and intellectually demanding morality tale. show more

  • 80
    Kirk HoneycuttThe Hollywood Reporter

    As with the Bourne films, Gilroy has a knack for creating strong characters and situations that resonate with tension. It may be formula, but the guy is a solid chemist as he crafts excellent set-ups and payoffs. show more

  • 100
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    I don't know what vast significance Michael Clayton has (it involves deadly pollution but isn't a message movie). But I know it is just about perfect as an exercise in the genre. show more

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Nominated Best Picture
Nominated Actor in a Leading Role
Nominated Original Screenplay
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2008)
Nominated Music (Original Score)
Nominated Best Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama
Nominated Editing
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2008)
Nominated Directing
Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2008)
Nominated Writing (Original Screenplay)
Nominated Best Motion Picture - Drama
Nominated Leading Actor
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2008)