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Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (2002)

An adaptation of the cult memoir of game show impresario Chuck Barris, in which he purports to have been a CIA hitman.

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Chelsea Ceci ...
Tuvia, Age 8
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Chuck Age 8 and 11 (as Michael Céra)
Aimee Rose Ambroziak ...
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Melissa Carter ...
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Georgia's Girlfriend
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Barfly
Jaye P. Morgan ...
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Freddie Cannon (as David Hirsh)
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Television made him famous, but his biggest hits happened off screen. "Confessions of a Dangerous Mind" is the story of a legendary showman's double life - television producer by day, CIA assassin by night. At the height of his TV career, Chuck Barris was recruited by the CIA and trained to become a covert operative. Or so Barris said. Written by Anonymous

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When you lead two different lives, it's easy to forget what side you're on. See more »


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Rated R for language, sexual content and violence | See all certifications »

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24 January 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Confesiones de una mente peligrosa  »

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$29,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£356,623 (UK) (16 March 2003)

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$16,003,576 (USA) (31 August 2003)
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Scriptwriter Charlie Kaufman felt dissatisfied with the way George Clooney treated his script. He commented: "I spent a lot of time working on the script, but Clooney wasn't interested in the things I was interested in. I've moved on, and I've no animosity towards him, but its a film I don't really relate to." Clooney acknowledged he made changes, because there were 'funky scenes' that never would have got the greenlight for a studio film. See more »

Goofs

The tour guide says NBC was the first network to air a color TV show - The Colgate Comedy Hour. Actually, CBS was the first network to air the first color TV show - Premiere, on 21 June 1951. See more »

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Dick Clark: I wouldn't want to live his life because he hasn't been happy all of his life. All I think is if you can find work, stay healthy, find somebody to share it with, you're the ultimate success. He's had some of the pieces of the puzzle, but not all of them.
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Features American Bandstand (1952) See more »

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Mucha Muchacha
Written by Juan García Esquivel
Performed by Juan García Esquivel (as Esquivel)
Courtesy of The RCA Records Label, a unit of BMG Music
Under license from BMG Special Products
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Surprised This Film Doesn't Get More Credit
6 February 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Confessions of a Dangerous MInd' was excellent and I'm surprised it doesn't receive more credit.

The story is an 'autobiographical' tale of TV producer Chuck Barris (Sam Rockwell) who doubles as a CIA-assassin. The movie is based on the book with the same name and the beauty is that no one knows if Barris made up this story or if the events are true. Regardless of its reality or not, the film is a tremendous example of great movie making.

This is an all-star movie. George Clooney stars as CIA-agent Jim Byrd and also directs the film. He has such a cinematic eye. The scenes in which he incorporates the movie with real- life clips of the game shows is brilliant. The acting is superb with Rockwell delivering what should have been at least a Golden Globe nomination. Also in the movie is Drew Barrymore (delivering one of her better roles), Julia Roberts, Rutger Hauer, and cameos by Brad Pitt, Matt Damon and Maggie Gyllenthaal. The cinematography is superb, and Director of Photography, Newton Thomas Sigel, creates a film with such innovative lighting and tones, and to top it off, the screen play is written by one of Hollywood's best, Charlie Kaufmann (wrote 'Being John Malkovich, Adaptation, Eternal Sunshine).

The movie was shadowy but not dark, humorous but not too light, mysterious but not deceptive and was honestly one of the most original films I've seen in a long time.

The only minor hiccups I had with the movie was 1) inaccuracies with aging characters. Barris was born in 1928, yet the scenes in the late 1970s and early 1980s he looks like he's still in his thirties! At least the movie was consistent in not aging any of the characters; and 2) I felt the pace dragged slightly at times. There were moments when I felt the momentum falter inexplicably and the opener was slightly slow as well.

But those details are very minor and do not take away from the strength of this film. This is an engaging film, one that is intelligent and well-written, one that is acted superbly and crafted with such subtle craftsmanship from the best Hollywood has to offer. Great film! I'm surprised it doesn't get more credit

8 out of 10!


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