Rent Michael Clayton (2007)

3.4 of 5 from 678 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

Superb legal thriller - Michael Clayton review by CP Customer

Spoiler Alert
04/04/2008

A superb film which keeps you completely engaged right the way through. Clooney is excellent in the title role of a fixer for a powerful law firm in New York. He has to sort out problems, like a rich guy who is in a hit and run accident, but is not happy doing the job and wants to get back to litigating.

He is called upon to sort out the 'mess' caused by one of their lawyers, Arthur, played brilliantly by Tom Wilkinson, who seems to have gone completely crazy. Arthur's apparent breakdown leads him to try and sabotage his own case representing a chemical company. However, Arthur discovers that the chemical company seems to be responsible for the deaths of many people and his conscience won't let this lie. This is all very inconvenient for the chemical company's lawyer, Karen Crowder, played brilliantly by Tilda Swinton, who will do whatever it takes to preserve the company's 'good name'. Some powerful dramatic scenes, an excellent cast and interesting plot twists and turns keep you enthralled until the end.

4 out of 5 members found this review helpful.

George Clooney does it again - Michael Clayton review by CP Customer

Spoiler Alert
07/10/2008

I'm beginning to think this man can do no wrong. Certainly this isn't a particularly original story, but it is done brilliantly, with superb performances from Tilda Swinton and Tom Wilkinson, with plenty of twists and turns. One measure of a good film is whether you care what happens to the protagonists, good and bad, and I certainly did. A highly satisfying watch.

4 out of 5 members found this review helpful.

A fixer who gets fixed - Michael Clayton review by CP Customer

Spoiler Alert
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.

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