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

Ratings & Reviews

  • 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

  • 88
    Carrie RickeyPhiladelphia Inquirer

    After Clooney, who gives a sterling performance as a tarnished figure, the standout performance belongs to Wilkinson, a geyser of manic eloquence. Also quite fine are Swinton and Sydney Pollack. show more

  • 70
    Joe MorgensternWall Street Journal

    George Clooney's film noir sensibility in the title role feels authentic, and admirably solid. show more

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Awards

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