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Confessions of a Dangerous Mind -- George Clooney, Drew Barrymore and Sam Rockwell star in the comedy thriller that poses an irresistable question: what would happen if a wildly successful Producer was also a secret CIA assassin? While a maverick creator of America's favorite game shows gains notoriety, he is drawn into a shawdowy world of danger as a covert government operative! But soon his life begins to spiral out of control!
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Writers (WGA):
Chuck Barris (book)
Charlie Kaufman (screenplay)
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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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Dick Clark ... Himself

Sam Rockwell ... Chuck Barris
Michelle Sweeney ... J. Sweeney

Drew Barrymore ... Penny
Chelsea Ceci ... Tuvia, Age 8

Michael Cera ... 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

Jennifer Hall ... Georgia

Ilona Elkin ... Georgia's Girlfriend

Sean Tucker ... Barfly
Jaye P. Morgan ... Herself

Maggie Gyllenhaal ... Debbie

David Julian Hirsh ... Freddie Cannon (as David Hirsh)

Jerry Weintraub ... Larry Goldberg

George Clooney ... Jim Byrd
Frank Fontaine ... ABC Executive

Rachelle Lefevre ... Tuvia, Age 25
Gene Patton ... Himself (as Gene Gene Patton)

Robert John Burke ... Instructor Jenks

Daniel Zacapa ... Renda

Emilio Rivera ... Benitez

Carlos Carrasco ... Brazioni
Barbara Bacci ... Woman in Veil

Janet Lane ... Blonde Bachelorette

Shaun Balbar ... Beanpole Bachelor

Jeff Lefebvre ... Frizzy Hair Bachelor

Michael Filipowich ... Handsome Bachelor

Samantha Kaine ... Black Bachelorette (as Samantha Banton)

Christian Paul ... Black Bachelor

Jim Lange ... Himself

Kristen Wilson ... Loretta

Steve Adams ... Dating Game Director

Maria Bertrand ... Stud Bachelorette
J. Todd Anderson ... Stud Bachelor (as John Todd Anderson)

Brad Pitt ... Brad, Bachelor #1

Matt Damon ... Matt, Bachelor #2
Murray Langston ... Actual Unknown Comic
Marlida Ferreira ... Woman in Pub

Julia Roberts ... Patricia Watson
Jérôme Tiberghien ... Englishman

Michael Ensign ... Simon Oliver
Martin Kevan ... Chuck's Father

Claudia Besso ... Chuck's Mother
Isabelle Juneau ... Amana Girl
Nathalie Morin ... Bachelorette Winner
Tony Zanca ... Bachelor Winner
Sergei Priselkov ... Shaving Man

Rutger Hauer ... Keeler
Norman Roy ... Colbert
Marlene Fisher ... Casting Executive Woman

Richard Kind ... Casting Executive Man

Suyun Kim ... Asian Folksinger #1
Shu Lan Tuan ... Asian Folksinger #2 (as Shulan Noma)
Andre Minicozzi ... Gong Show Band
Richard Beaudet ... Gong Show Band
Ron Di Lauro ... Gong Show Band
Peter N. Wilson ... Gong Show Band
Bruce Pepper ... Gong Show Band
Francois St-Pierre ... Gong Show Band
Bridget Powers ... Little Person (as Cheryl Murphy)

Krista Allen ... Pretty Woman
George Randolph ... Gene Gene
Pascale Devigne ... Critic (as Pascale De Vigne)
Carlo Berardinucci ... Waiter
Tanya Anthony ... Prostitute

Andy Quesnel ... Gong Show Model (as Andrée-Anne Quesnel)
Keshav Patel ... Elvis Singer

James Urbaniak ... Rod Flexner

Leslie Cottle ... L.A. Bar Woman
Dino Tosques ... L.A. Bartender

Joe Cobden ... Unknown Comic
Ethan Thomas C. Dempster ... Chuck Age 3

Tommy Hinkley ... Hambone Man
Bill Corday ... Justice of the Peace
Chuck Barris ... Himself - Present Day
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Claire Brosseau ... Office Worker (uncredited)

Vikki Carr ... Singer (uncredited)
Veronica Chanel ... (uncredited)
Olga Chrzanowska ... Bachelorette (uncredited)

Sally Clelford ... Bachelorette in Blue (uncredited)

Darcy Donavan ... Playmate (uncredited)

Joey Elias ... Drunk (uncredited)
Bob Eubanks ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Jamie Farr ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Akiva Goldsman ... Playboy Party Guest (uncredited)

Benoit Guerin ... Jim Byrd Lookalike (uncredited)
Dale Hayes ... NBC Clerk (uncredited)
Mariah Inger ... Principal (uncredited)

Arte Johnson ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Krista Morin ... Bachelorette in Yellow (uncredited)
Mike Paterson ... Employee #3 (uncredited)

Conrad Pla ... Large Man (uncredited)

Robert Reynolds ... Boardroom Personnel (uncredited)

Anna Silk ... Headset Woman (uncredited)

Sarah Smyth ... Tina (uncredited)
Monika Spruch ... Playboy model (uncredited)

Linda Tomassone ... Monica (uncredited)
Malcolm Travis ... Berlin Contestant #1 (uncredited)
Alicia Westelman ... Employee (uncredited)

Jennifer Rae Westley ... Roommate (uncredited)

Brian D. Wright ... Gong Show Technician (uncredited)

Directed by
George Clooney 
Writing credits
Chuck Barris (book)

Charlie Kaufman (screenplay)

Produced by
Amy Minda Cohen .... associate producer
Stephen Evans .... executive producer
Jonathan Gordon .... executive producer
Gym Hinderer .... associate producer
Andrew Lazar .... producer
Rand Ravich .... executive producer
Far Shariat .... co-executive producer
Steven Soderbergh .... executive producer
Jeffrey Sudzin .... co-producer
Bob Weinstein .... executive producer
Harvey Weinstein .... executive producer
Original Music by
Alex Wurman 
Cinematography by
Newton Thomas Sigel 
Film Editing by
Stephen Mirrione 
Casting by
Ellen Chenoweth 
Production Design by
James D. Bissell 
Art Direction by
Isabelle Guay (supervising art director)
Nicolas Lepage 
Jean-Pierre Paquet 
Set Decoration by
Louis Dandonneau 
Anne Galéa 
Robert Greenfield 
Costume Design by
Renée April 
Makeup Department
Steven E. Anderson .... makeup artist: Los Angeles
Ela Barczewska .... makeup artist (as Elizabeth Barczewska)
Anita Brabec .... makeup artist
Barbara Cantu .... hair stylist
Julie Casault .... assistant makeup artist: extras
Bonnie Clevering .... hair stylist: Julia Roberts
Richard Dean .... makeup artist: Julia Roberts
Jean-Jacques Dion .... hair stylist
Stephan Dupuis .... makeup department head
Réjean Forget .... key hair stylist
Kimberly Greene .... makeup artist: Drew Barrymore
Anne-Marie Lanza .... assistant hair stylist
Martin Lapointe .... hair stylist: extras
Félix Larivière .... hair stylist
Christine Larocque .... wig maker
Catherine Lavoie .... assistant makeup artist: extras
Kay Majerus .... additional hair stylist
Cat'Ania McCoy-Howze .... makeup artist
Julie Mignot .... assistant makeup artist: extras
Barbara Olvera .... hair stylist: Drew Barrymore
Denis Parent .... hair stylist
Angel Radefeld .... body makeup artist
Cécile Rigault .... assistant makeup artist
Waldo Sanchez .... hair stylist: Sam Rockwell & George Clooney
Micheline Trépanier .... key makeup artist
Nathalie Trépanier .... assistant makeup artist: head of extras department
Production Management
Daniel R. Chavez .... executive in charge of post production
Pierre Guay .... assistant unit manager
Pearl A. Lucero .... production supervisor
Gilles Perreault .... unit manager
Josette Perrotta .... unit production manager
Jeffrey Sudzin .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Anne Alloucherie .... second assistant director
Melissa V. Barnes .... second assistant director: U.S. and Mexico
Fabrice Barrilliet .... third assistant director
Simon Dugas .... assistant director
Agnieszka Kroskowska .... second second assistant director (as Agnieszka Poninska)
Marisol 'Ari' Oyola .... dga trainee: Los Angeles
Kenneth Roth .... second second assistant director
David J. Webb .... first assistant director
Art Department
J. Todd Anderson .... storyboard artist
Serge Archambault .... head scenic artist
Charles-André Bertrand .... product placement coordinator
Michel Brochu .... construction supervisor
Gae S. Buckley .... art director: Los Angeles
Fabrice Callegher .... assistant property master
Real Capuano .... scenic technician
Simon Chamberland .... property master
Frederic Chamoro .... set dresser
Stephen Craig .... scenic painter
Louis Dandonneau .... set dresser
Fannie Duguay-Lefebvre .... set designer
Marcel Pierre Dussol .... props
Rusty Gray .... set dresser (as Rusty Schmidt)
Jonathan R. Hodges .... property master: USA
Courtney Jackson .... assistant property master
Alexandre Juneau .... set dresser
Jean-François Kelahear .... stand-by scenic painter
Michael Kocurek .... carpenter
Cynthia La Jeunesse .... buyer
Helene Lamarre .... art coordinator
Jim Landis .... set dresser
Étienne Lapointe-Proulx .... property master
Étienne Lapointe-Proulx .... property master: Canada, USA, Mexico (as Etienne Proulx)
Félix Larivière-Charron .... set designer
Raymond Larose .... set designer
Marco Lavallée .... set dresser
Jean-Pierre Lavoie .... set designer
Carl Lessard .... graphic designer
Nathalie Lortie .... set designer
Josée Létourneau .... assistant head scenic
Russell Moore .... set designer
Nashon Petrushkin .... set dresser
Benoit Robert .... set dresser
Benoit Robitaille .... swing gang
Jocelyne St-Pierre .... assistant graphic designer
Angela Stauffer .... art department coordinator: Los Angeles
John Stone .... construction coordinator
Sheila Thomas .... painter
Lucie Tremblay .... set designer
André Valade .... assistant property master
Mark Weissenfluh .... co-leadman
Quinn Yarbrough .... set dresser
Paul Le Maire .... set dresser (uncredited)
Ara Soudjian .... art department assistant (uncredited)
Sound Department
Steve Bartkowicz .... re-recording engineer
Eddie Bydalek .... sound mix technician
Mike Chock .... sound effects editor
Matt Colleran .... sound recordist
Julie Feiner .... sound effects editor
Daniel Fontaine-Bégin .... adr recordist
Aaron Glascock .... supervising sound editor
Michael Minkler .... sound re-recording mixer
Oscar Mitt .... assistant sound editor
Myron Nettinga .... sound re-recording mixer
Kira Roessler .... dialog editor
Curt Schulkey .... supervising sound editor
George Simpson .... sound effects editor
Clint Smith .... post sound intern
John Joseph Thomas .... sound editor
Edward Tise .... production sound mixer
Marvin Walowitz .... sound effects editor
Keenan Wyatt .... boom operator
Robert Matthew Doyle .... sound editorial intern (uncredited)
Linda Lew .... foley recordist (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Louis Craig .... special effects supervisor
Mario Dumont .... special effects senior technician
André Laforest .... special effects technician
P. David Miller .... special effects crew (as Paul D. Miller)
Eric-André Paquin .... special effects technician
Michael Petrucci .... special effects technician
Pierre 'Bill' Rivard .... special effects coordinator
Christian Rivest .... special effects technician
Philippe Roberge .... special effects technician
Martin Simon .... special effects
Eric Thivierge .... special effects makeup
Martin Williams .... special effects rigger
Visual Effects by
Frank D'Iorio .... digital compositor
Don Greenberg .... digital effects artist
Melanie La Rue .... visual effects producer: Buzz
Andre U. Montambeault .... digital compositor
Louis Morin .... visual effects supervisor
Juliette Mourez .... digital compositor
Jaime Norman .... visual effects coordinator
Stefano Trivelli .... senior compositor: R!OT Pictures (uncredited)
Mike Chute .... stunts
Stéphane Lefebvre .... stunts
Karine Lemieux .... stunt performer
Brad Martin .... stunt coordinator
Michael Scherer .... stunt coordinator
Philippe Soucy .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Mark Agostino .... video assist operator
Eric Aubin .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Robert Baird .... assistant camera
Wayne Baker .... assistant camera
Mireille Baril .... electrician
Mireille Baril .... lighting board operator
Robert B. Baylis .... key grip
Michel Bernier .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Marc Bonin .... electrician
Bryan Booth .... rigging gaffer: Los Angeles
Roch Boucher .... second assistant camera
Bill Brao .... camera operator: Los Angeles
André Bélaieff .... generator operator
Frédéric Chabot .... electrician
Joost Clerinx .... daily grip
Richard Complaisance .... rigging grip
Martin D'Arcangeli .... rigging grip: extra rigging grip
Daniel Dallaire .... electrician
Pierre Daudelin .... electrician
Benoit Descary .... camera loader
Amelie Duceppe .... camera trainee
Eames Gagnon .... rigging gaffer: Canada
Gilbert Gagnon .... electrician
Julie Garceau .... video assist operator
Lisa Guerriero .... second assistant camera: "a" camera
John Harris .... pre-light electrician
Tom Hutchinson .... second assistant camera
Jimmy E. Jensen .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Sylvain Jouvet .... electrician
Soupharak Keoborakoth .... camera trainee
François Legris .... electrician
Jean Levasseur .... electrician
John Lewin .... gaffer: Canada
Michael Lowrance .... electrician
Alain Masse .... dolly grip
Gilles Mayer .... lighting rigging coordinator
Tim Merkel .... Steadicam operator
Tim Merkel .... camera operator: "b" camera
Yann Mongrain .... 24 frame video operator
Juan Morse .... set lighting technician
Anthony G. Nakonechnyj .... gaffer
Max Neal .... assistant camera
Dara Norman .... rigging electric
Richard Paré .... rigging electrician
Mathieu Price .... daily grip
Derick Pritchard .... lighting technician
Patrick Rainville .... best boy rigging gaffer
Ben Rekhi .... additional still photographer
Louis Richard .... electrician
Lowell Rottenberg .... assistant camera
Jeff Scott .... best boy electric
Takashi Seida .... still photographer
Nicolas Venne .... best boy rigging gaffer
Chris Wagganer .... video assist operator
Roger Robichaud .... rigging electrician (uncredited)
Casting Department
Susie Farris .... casting associate
Sara Kay .... casting assistant: Toronto
Larissa Mair .... casting assistant
Mike Migliara .... casting associate: Mike Migliara
Bruno Rosato .... casting associate
Aldo Tirelli .... casting: Canada
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Julie Amyot .... assistant wardrobe
Sophie Beasse .... key dresser
Susi Campos .... costumer
Mary Iannelli .... costumer (as Mary White)
Azmin Jaffer .... dresser: Mr Rockwell
Robert Q. Mathews .... costume supervisor: USA
Nino .... costumer
Eva Prappas .... set costumer
Damien Quinn .... costumer
Kenn Smiley .... key costumer: USA
Fran Vega-Buck .... costumer: Julia Roberts
Editorial Department
Douglas Crise .... first assistant editor
Donald Dowd .... editorial assistant
Tony Dustin .... assistant digital film colorist
Tracie Gemmel .... assistant editor
Nicolae Ilies .... colorist: dailies
Stephanie Ito .... digital intermediate producer
Denise Marquez .... apprentice editor
Stephen Nakamura .... digital colorist
Keith H. Sauter .... assistant editor
Music Department
Suzanne Coffman .... music clearance
Steve Durkee .... score mixer
Luyanda T. Kunene .... assistant to composer
Stephen Lotwis .... music editor
Joe Rangel .... music supervisor
Andrew Silver .... supervising music editor
Randy Spendlove .... executive in charge of music
Peter Thomas .... composer: additional music
Jim Schultz .... music editor (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Robert Dulys .... driver: Los Angeles
Réal Hamel .... picture car coordinator
Ron Hardman .... transportation coordinator: Los Angeles
Spiro Tsovras .... driver: Mr.Clooney
Other crew
Carolin Amiel .... production assistant
Debra Leilani Bakeman .... medic
Chuck Barris .... consultant
Anne Brosseau .... production coordinator
Brumby Broussard .... assistant: Julia Roberts
Daniel R. Chavez .... executive in charge of post
Anouska Chydzik .... assistant: Andrew Lazar
Judy Heinzen Culotta .... key assistant location manager (as Judy Heinzen)
Mélanie Côté .... assistant location manager
Céline Daignault .... location manager
Joseph J. Dawson .... stand-in: George Clooney
Matt DiFranco .... assistant production coordinator: Los Angeles
André Déry .... production assistant
Josée Francis .... assistant location manager
Mark A. Freid .... location assistant: Los Angeles
John Gaskin .... production auditor
Ellen Gessert .... location manager: Los Angeles
Chrissy Gilmartin .... production assistant
David Greenbaum .... executive assistant: Harvey Weinstein
Benoit Guerin .... stand-in: George Clooney, Montreal
Pierre Guevremont .... production accountant
Nancy Haecker .... location manager: Mexico/Arizona
Marc W. Havener .... set production assistant
Travis Hills .... set production assistant: Los Angeles
Pamela Hilse .... production coordinator: Los Angeles
Jean-Patrick Joseph .... special equipment supplier
Sotos Katakos .... paymaster
Spiri Katerelos .... second assistant accountant
Gordon Katz .... trainer: Mr. Rockwell
Rafael Kayanan .... trainer: Mr. Rockwell
Thomas Kier .... trainer: Mr. Rockwell
Marie La Haye .... continuity
Marie La Haye .... script supervisor
David Lear .... production assistant
Sandra Lee .... product placement & marketing (as Sandra Gabrych)
Cara Leibovitz .... unit publicist
Josianne Mailloux .... production office assistant
Julie Mankowski .... production accountant
Sylvie Martin .... production secretary
Angel McConnell .... assistant: George Clooney
Chris Miller .... assistant: Drew Barrymore (as Christopher Miller)
Patrick Paeper .... assistant: Sam Rockwell
Denis Paquette .... assistant location manager
Edward Poveda .... payroll accountant
Deborah Ricketts .... stock footage researcher
Eric Ian Robinson .... assistant: Harvey Weinstein
Jean-François Roesler .... production assistant
Chad Saxton .... set production assistant: Los Angeles
Peter G. Smith .... production assistant
Tyler Thornberg .... production assistant
Marie-Pierre Tétreault .... 24 frame video coordinator
Tania Veri .... production assistant
Miri Yoon .... assistant: Andrew Lazar
Edward Fuller .... stand-in: Mr. Rockwell, Montreal (uncredited)
Anthony Gore .... post-production delivery (uncredited)
Steven Jetton .... layout board (uncredited)
Daniel Veluzat .... location liaison (uncredited)

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Also Known As:
"Confession" - Japan (English title)
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Rated R for language, sexual content and violence
113 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Argentina:13 | Australia:MA | Brazil:16 | Canada:14A | Canada:A (Ontario) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Finland:K-15 | Germany:12 (bw) | Hong Kong:IIB | Hungary:16 | Iceland:14 (original rating) | Iceland:12 (video rating) | Ireland:18 | Italy:VM14 | Japan:PG-12 | Netherlands:12 | New Zealand:R16 | Norway:15 | Peru:14 | Philippines:R-18 | Portugal:M/16 | Singapore:R(A) | South Korea:18 | Sweden:11 | Switzerland:14 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:14 (canton of Vaud) | Switzerland:16 (canton of Zurich) | UK:15 | USA:R (certificate #39478)

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The clip from the "The Newlywed Game" (1966) is a real clip. It was long thought to be an urban legend and at one time even the host came to believe it was not real.See more »
Anachronisms: In one scene labeled as taking place in Los Angeles, 1967, on a close up of Chuck's secretary, over her left shoulder, is the sheet music to Frank Mill's "Music Box Dancer", not written until 1974, and not a hit single until 1978.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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74 out of 93 people found the following review useful.
A highly disarming dark comedy, 9 July 2005
Author: soymilk from East Anglia, UK

One of Charlie Kaufman's more overlooked and underrated screenplays, 'Confessions of a Dangerous Mind' may have been something of a departure from the high-concept experimentalism that made his previous brainchildren, 'Being John Malkovich' and 'Adaptation' (a masterpiece and a near-masterpiece, respectively) such striking breaths of fresh air, but on no account should its ability to engage and entertain on those strengths of its own be underestimated. Taking a well-earned break from the surreal situations and the complex plotting, Kaufman turned his attention here to a much more straightforward yarn that was better grounded in reality; the twist there being that it was based on a story that, while allegedly true, just as likely never happened. 'Confessions' though is willing to give Chuck Barris the benefit of the doubt in regards to his dubious claims to have been a secret assassin for the CIA in the midst of his days as a game show host, giving life to such controversial classic as 'the Gong Show' and 'the Dating Game' while taking it from a range of human targets around the globe. It sits back and lets the scenario unfold without question – and does so with such considerable spirit and vigour that it's hard not to get lured in and pulled along for the ride. Regardless of whether the real-life Barris truly did have some incredible adventures within his time, or simply an overly-active imagination, this movie translates it into one heck of an enjoyable romp – slick, stylish and entrancing on the surface, and with a bracingly poignant and sobering tale lurking underneath.

Kaufman continues to rule supreme with his flair for developing the most heavily flawed and eccentric of characters, investing them with witty dialogue and sharp situations and, as with his previous screenplays, the humour is a pleasantly mixed bag – lightly amusing at some points, laugh-out-loud hilarious at others, even outright alarming whenever it needs to be. George Clooney's direction, meanwhile, though it stands a fair distance from the eye-seizing zippiness that we're used to seeing Spike Jonze apply to this writer's workings, is still an accomplished visual take on the material, made sensational by its meticulous attention to detail. Indeed, the film's fondness for subtle in-jokes, crafty cameos (some great ones among the Dating Game contestants – absolutely great), background gags and general all-round intricacy is partly what makes it so rewarding and worthy of repeated viewings (I was watching it for what must have been sixth or seventh time last night, and still I found myself picking up a whole range of details that I somehow missed out on the first few times around). Sure, things can move a tad slowly every now and then, but with this number of niceties up there to be marvelled at you know you're never for a second going to be bored.

It also draws a fine contrast between the two separate pursuits that Chuck Barris is called to follow – the game show scenes are colourful, light-hearted fun, the assassin scenes murky and deliciously paranoid, and Sam Rockwell, at the helm as our savvy and hapless main man, has the timing, the energy and the appeal to emerge from the two as both a comic figure and a tragic one. Kicking off as a likable, familiar kind of anti-hero, whose goofy grin and offhand ways have us smiling through the bar fights and the womanising, he gradually evolves into something more enigmatic and sorrowful; a lost, confused individual whose more innocuous contributions to society, in the form of lowbrow 'trash TV', are widely scorned (not that I've ever seen any of the genuine Chuck Barris's shows myself, but it would amaze me if they were really any worse than the kind of mind-numbing reality TV that's enjoyed popularity over the past few years), while the hidden talent he discovers in contract killing begins to understandably repulse him soon enough. One of the most effective things about 'Confessions' is just how deftly it uses its gags and its pathos, along with interview snippets from those who were acquainted with the real-life Barris, which punctuate the story at various points, to reflect upon this man, his life, and just how much he really achieved either way, arriving in the end at quite a biting conclusion. I don't think that any other rendition of 'If I had a Hammer' could feel nearly as sad and haunting as it does here.

Drew Barrymore and Clooney himself offer nice support all the while, each epitomising different ends of the Chuck Barris spectrum – Barrymore, as Chuck's bubbly girlfriend Penny, is a fun-loving innocent; Clooney, as his CIA director, is aptly subtle and mysterious. But neither of them, or anyone else involved for a matter of fact, comes even close to upstaging Rockwell, whose input is simply fantastic – there's no doubt in my mind that the Best Actor Award which, as the blurb on the DVD so proudly states, he picked up at the Berlin International Film Festival for his efforts, was well-and-truly earned.

It's not an innovative, far-out, one-of-a-kind experience (a la 'Being John Malkovich'). But it's an entertaining, well-made and entirely satisfying flick with one particularly brilliant stand-out performance, and that's more than enough to do the job. Kaufman can probably pen avant-garde better than anybody else today, but 'Confessions of a Dangerous Mind' goes to prove that, when in the right company, he can write 'normal' just as impressively.

Grade: A

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