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3.4 of 5 from 664 ratings
1h 54min
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Synopsis:
Michael Clayton (George Clooney) is an in-house "fixer" at one of the largest corporate law firms in New York. At the behest of the firm’s co-founder Marty Bach (Sydney Pollack), Clayton, a former prosecutor from a family of cops, takes care of Kenner, Bach & Ledeen’s dirtiest work. Clayton cleans up clients’ messes, handling anything from hit-and-runs and damaging stories in the press to shoplifting wives and crooked politicians. Though burned out and discontented in his job, Clayton is inextricably tied to the firm.
At the agrochemical company U/North, the career of in-house chief counsel Karen Crowder (Tilda Swinton) rests on the settlement of the suit that Kenner, Bach & Ledeen is leading to a seemingly successful conclusion. When the firm’s top litigator, the brilliant Arthur Edens (Tom Wilkinson), has an apparent breakdown and tries to sabotage the entire case, Marty Bach sends Michael Clayton to tackle this unprecedented disaster and, in doing so, Clayton comes face to face with the reality of who he has become.
Actors:
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Directors:
Voiced By:
Danielle Skraastad, Thomas McCarthy, Jonathan Walker, Cynthia Mace, Michael Countryman, Andrew Hunter Sherman, Tony Gilroy
Writers:
Tony Gilroy
Others:
Jennifer Fox, James Newton Howard, Kerry Orent, John Gilroy
Studio:
Pathe
Genres:
Drama, Thrillers
Awards:

2008 BAFTA Best Supporting Actress

2008 Oscar Best Supporting Actress

BBFC:
Release Date:
18/02/2008
Run Time:
115 minutes
Languages:
English
Subtitles:
None
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.35:1
Colour:
Colour
BBFC:
Release Date:
01/02/2010
Run Time:
114 minutes
Languages:
English
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.35:1
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • Director's commentary
  • Deleted scenes with optional director's commentary
  • Theatrical trailer

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Reviews (10) of Michael Clayton

A fixer who gets fixed - Michael Clayton review by BL

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26/10/2009

Really good thriller. Clooney is excellent and puts in a performance far better than his Oceans movies. You always know that those who clean up others mess will eventually have it dropped on them but the excitement goes right to the end.

4 out of 5 members found this review helpful.

Nice and watchable - Michael Clayton review by JD

Spoiler Alert
04/09/2009

A good film worth watching but pretty unremarkable. Too similar to other Clooney films. Thriller is not a good description, though it keeps ones interest going.

1 out of 5 members found this review helpful.

What was it about exactly, who is this guy, plot...what plot? - Michael Clayton review by LG

Spoiler Alert
21/11/2009

I don't know if we watched a different film but I don't know how this film can be described as engaging, thrilling or gripping, it seemed to over complicate things by not actually explaining anything, the film wants you to put more than all your effort to understand it and it just isn't worth it, with it's strange sub plots (i.e. Michael Clayton's family were brought into the film a few times but it went no where and left you wondering why they were even in it). We waited for the film to 'get into it' but let's just say this didn't happen until the final 5 minutes (I think but who can be sure), which is when George Clooney sort of explains his job, normally in films these hints are dropped in the beginning to give the viewer some idea of what is going on; this film decided to re-invent this idea completely. Maybe there was a little drama somewhere in the film, who knows, I think I'd dropped into a confusion/boredom induced coma by that point. We found this film so boring just because it made it so difficult to get into purely due to the fact that it didn't explain who anyone is or what they do, we can usually pick up on things in films quite quickly but this was an impossible watch and we got the feeling the only effort they made was to hire George Clooney and thought 'this will get the ratings'...the evidence of this is at the end credits; we get to watch him sitting staring at nothingness in the back of a taxi for 10 minutes, this just sums the film up. I wouldn't recommend this film as it seems to want you to stay confused and lost all the way through...and what were the 3 horses on the hill all about?

1 out of 3 members found this review helpful.

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