Michael Clayton

Michael Clayton

DVD - 2008
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Michael Clayton is an in-house fixer at one of the largest corporate law firms in New York. A former criminal prosecutor, Clayton takes care of the law firm Kenner, Bach, & Ledeen's dirtiest work at the behest of the firm's co-founder, Marty Bach. Burned out with his job as a fixer, his divorce, a failed business venture, and mounting debt have left Clayton inextricably tied to the firm. At U/North, meanwhile, the career of litigator Karen Crowder rests on the multi-million dollar settlement of a class-action suit that Clayton's firm is leading to a seemingly successful conclusion. But when Kenner Bach's brilliant and guilt-ridden attorney Arthur Edens sabotages the U/North case, Clayton faces the biggest challenge of his career and his life.
Publisher: Burbank, CA : Warner Home Video, [2008]
Edition: Widescreen edition.
ISBN: 9781419849664
1419849662
Branch Call Number: MIC
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (119 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.

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thommyfedora
Sep 05, 2017

Fantastic script, taut and succinct. Fantastic acting by all the principle, secondary and extras.
George Clooney was born for this role. This is the role that will change your mind about George C. being a one note actor.
Tilda Swinton and Tom Wilkinson are nothing less than fantastic in their roles.

Recommended to everyone out there that appreciates a tight script and awesome acting...

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PHILLIP GARY SMITH
Oct 10, 2016

Rating the movie 4/5 stars, I suggest this version since the special commentary feature by writer/director Tony Gilroy and editor John Gilroy provides important insights into the story besides their views of constructing and telling a story. No one else could carry the title character as well as George Clooney. Having Sydney Pollack in a film in whatever role adds so much; this movie is a star higher than the average just because of him.

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firefly5
Jul 05, 2016

Can't review this because I didn't watch it. Good reviews so maybe I'll watch it some other time.

Tried it again. Boring!

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btelford
May 28, 2016

Terrific movie couldn't even find tim to pop the popcorn. If you're a Clooney fan you'll love it.

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lukasevansherman
Nov 18, 2015

Not that you should judge a movie by its title, but this is possibly the blandest title of 2007. Don't people get paid to come up with better titles? They might as well called it "Lawyer Guy vs. Big Corporation" or something. That aside, this is a well acted, if predictable, film about ethics, character, & coroporate malfeasance. Clooney is great, Tom Wilkinson freaks out, and Tilda Swinton won an Oscar for really not doing much (she was better as the witch in "Narnia"). It has a bit of "The Insider" feel to it.

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fdb045
Aug 14, 2015

Very good film. One of Clooney's better films. T Swinton and T Wilkinson are also very good.

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akirakato
Feb 16, 2015

This is a 2007 American legal thriller written and directed by Tony Gilroy.
It chronicles the attempts by attorney Michael Clayton to cope with a colleague's apparent mental breakdown, and the corruption and intrigue surrounding a major client of his law firm being sued
in a class action case over the effects of toxic agrochemicals.
Michael is a "fixer" in a prestigious New York City law firm, using his connections and his knowledge of legal loopholes for his clients' benefit.
But doing an underground poker game doesn't go along with his character at all.
As an attention-grabber, Michael drives despondently and stops at a remote field, where some horses are standing on a hill.
When he leaves his car to climb up the hill to admire the horses, the car explodes behind him.
This scene really drives you into the film.
It is a morally alert, persuasively realistic and increasingly suspenseful thriller.
The performances of the protagonist and other supporting actors and actresses are so superb that the film will keep you engaged in the story.

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Nursebob
Jan 29, 2015

Michael Clayton is a janitor of sorts. He’s a company lawyer who specializes in clearing the names of guilty clients as long as they have the cash to pay for it. It’s not that he’s an evil man, but his personal values are often forced to take a backseat to the financial pressures imposed by his messy divorce, failed business venture, and expensive gambling addiction. His professional life is a high-pressured mix of dubious ethics and legal loopholes aimed more at maximizing company profits than insuring justice is done. But when one of his esteemed colleagues suffers a mental meltdown it jars him out of his own moral paralysis and he is forced to confront the creature he has become. This is a brutal and despairing film that is as infuriating as it is mesmerizing. Shot in somber hues of blue and grey it presents us with a bleak corporate landscape filled with lost souls and an all-consuming hunger...for money, for power, for prestige. Yet there are unexpected moments of purity amidst the debris; the plot of a child’s fantasy novel provides a mystical subtext to the main story for instance, and Clayton’s sudden epiphany on a mist-shrouded hillside has an undeniable spiritual intensity to it. When the ending came it was not unexpected, but I found myself on the edge of my seat just the same. Michael Clayton may not be a unique film but it is written with great style and intelligence, not to mention the wonderful performances. Very well done.

dgfe7ytrhgfo9t90 Jul 02, 2014

stunned terrorized complete stupidified he is glorified. knock back man

professortjbookworm12 May 06, 2013

George Clooney is great in this.

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bdls206
Apr 02, 2011

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bdls206
Apr 02, 2011

A law firm brings in its "fixer" to remedy the situation after a lawyer has a breakdown while representing a chemical company that he knows is guilty in a multi-billion dollar class action suit.

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bdls206
Apr 02, 2011

Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.

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bdls206
Apr 02, 2011

Michael Clayton: You are the senior litigating partner of one of the largest, most respected law firms in the world. You are a legend.
Arthur Edens: I'm an accomplice!
Michael Clayton: You're a manic-depressive!
Arthur Edens: I am Shiva, the god of death.

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