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Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (2002)

R  |   |  Biography, Comedy, Crime  |  24 January 2003 (USA)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Michelle Sweeney ...
Chelsea Ceci ...
Tuvia, Age 8
Chuck Age 8 and 11 (as Michael Céra)
Aimee Rose Ambroziak ...
Chuck's Date #1
Isabelle Blais ...
Chuck's Date #2
Melissa Carter ...
Chuck's Date #3
Georgia's Girlfriend
Jaye P. Morgan ...
Freddie Cannon (as David Hirsh)


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

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Release Date:

24 January 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Confesiones de una mente peligrosa  »

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$29,000,000 (estimated)

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Did You Know?


George Clooney started a relationship with Krista Allen after the film was finished. They broke up two years later. See more »


The same extras are used for different scenes. When Chuck is in the cinema you can see the same man as later in the audience with one of Chuck's quiz shows. This is likely deliberate, given the odd humor of the movie. See more »


[first lines]
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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Referenced in The 76th Annual Academy Awards (2004) See more »


The Dating Game
Written by Chuck Barris / David Mook
Courtesy of Columbia Pictures Television
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Clooney Plays a Weird Story Straight Up
4 March 2004 | by (Washington, DC) – See all my reviews

What if the creator and host of two of the 1970s biggest and lamest television game shows was also a part-time CIA hitman? That he used The Dating Game and The Gong Show as a cover to stage assassinations in the netherworld of Cold War espionage. Ridiculous you'd say. But that's what exactly what Chuck Barris claims in his autobiography, and Charlie Kaufman accepts carte blanche as the premise for his screenplay. The film plays it straight up as if Barris were telling the truth.

Can Charlie Kaufman, the screenwriter, and George Clooney, the director pull it off? Mostly. It is competently acted by Sam Rockwell as Barris, Julia Roberts as a fellow spy, Drew Barrymore as his love interest, and director George Clooney as his CIA recruiter and handler. The bizarre landscape, a marriage of television and espionage, is presented without a smirk or wink. If Barris is telling the truth, this is what it must have been like. It's an interesting idea, and Clooney and Kaufman have taken it and crafted an enjoyable film.

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