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Michael Clayton -- An attorney known as the Fixer in his law firm comes across the biggest case of his career that could produce disastrous results for those involved.

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Writer (WGA):
Tony Gilroy (written by)
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Release Date:
12 October 2007 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
The Truth Can Be Adjusted See more »
Plot:
A law firm brings in its "fixer" to remedy the situation after a lawyer has a breakdown while representing a chemical company that he knows is guilty in a multi-billion dollar class action suit. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Won Oscar. Another 19 wins & 60 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
A satisfying flick, but you have to pay attention. See more (353 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Tom Wilkinson ... Arthur Edens

Michael O'Keefe ... Barry Grissom

Sydney Pollack ... Marty Bach

Danielle Skraastad ... Bridget Klein (voice)

Tilda Swinton ... Karen Crowder

George Clooney ... Michael Clayton
Wai Chan ... Chinese Dealer

Alberto Vazquez ... Player #1

Brian Koppelman ... Player #2

Thomas McCarthy ... Walter (voice) (as Tom McCarthy)

Denis O'Hare ... Mr. Greer

Julie White ... Mrs. Greer

Austin Williams ... Henry Clayton
Jennifer Van Dyck ... Ivy

Frank Wood ... Gerald

Richard Hecht ... Auctioneer

Bill Raymond ... Gabe Zabel

Jonathan Walker ... Del (voice)

Sharon Washington ... Pam
Cynthia Mace ... Wendy (voice)

Michael Countryman ... Evan (voice)

Ken Howard ... Don Jeffries

Amy Hargreaves ... Interviewer
Susan Pellegrino ... Secretary

Rachel Black ... Maude
Matthew Detmer ... Todd
John Douglas Thompson ... Jail Guard

Merritt Wever ... Anna
Brian Poteat ... Deposition Lawyer

Christopher Mann ... Lieutenant Elston
Edward Furs ... Milwaukee Captain

Katherine Waterston ... Third Year
John Gerard Franklin ... Correction Officer

Remy Auberjonois ... Fifth Year

Pun Bandhu ... Fourth Year

Jason Strong ... First Year

Robert Prescott ... Mr. Verne
Paul Oquist ... Starter

Terry Serpico ... Mr. Iker
Heidi Armbruster ... Anna's Sister

Pamela Gray ... Cindy Bach

Andrew Hunter Sherman ... U / North (voice) (as Andrew Sherman)
Kevin Hagan ... Raymond Clayton
Julia Gibson ... Stephanie Clayton

Sean Cullen ... Gene Clayton
Susan Egbert ... Michelle

David Lansbury ... Timmy Clayton

David Zayas ... Detective Dalberto

Douglas McGrath ... Jeff Gaffney (as Doug McGrath)

Gregory Dann ... Cop

Cathy Diane Tomlin ... Cop #2
Sam Gilroy ... Copy Kid

Maggie Siff ... Attorney #1

Sarah Nichols ... Barry's Assistant
Susan McBrien ... Jean
Jordan Lage ... Partner

Neal Huff ... First Associate

Paul Juhn ... Second Associate
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Patrick Askin ... Auction Bidder (uncredited)

Kevin Cannon ... Auction Worker (uncredited)
Clem Cheung ... Landlord (uncredited)

Tony Gilroy ... Taxi Driver (uncredited) (voice)

Emelie Jeffries ... Raymond Clayton's Nurse (uncredited)
Owen Lund ... Ron (uncredited)

Kimmy Suzuki ... Copy Shop Clerk (uncredited)

Steven Weisz ... Executive (uncredited)
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Directed by
Tony Gilroy 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Tony Gilroy (written by)

Produced by
George Clooney .... executive producer
Jennifer Fox .... producer
Christopher Goode .... co-producer
James A. Holt .... executive producer (as James Holt)
Anthony Minghella .... executive producer
Kerry Orent .... producer
Sydney Pollack .... producer
Steve Samuels .... producer (as Steven Samuels)
Steven Soderbergh .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
James Newton Howard 
 
Cinematography by
Robert Elswit (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
John Gilroy 
 
Casting by
Ellen Chenoweth 
 
Production Design by
Kevin Thompson 
 
Art Direction by
Clay Brown 
 
Set Decoration by
Paul Cheponis 
George DeTitta Jr. 
Christine Mayer 
Chuck Potter  (as Charles M. Potter)
 
Costume Design by
Sarah Edwards 
 
Makeup Department
Chris Bingham .... makeup department head
Jerry Popolis .... key hair stylist
Waldo Sanchez .... hair stylist department head
Mia Thoen .... key makeup artist
 
Production Management
Roger DaPrato .... production supervisor: Samuels Media
Alyson Evans .... assistant unit production manager
Lauren Flaster .... production supervisor: Samuels Media
Christopher Goode .... unit production manager
Charlene Olson .... post-production supervisor
Milan Popelka .... production supervisor: Samuels Media
Igor Srubshchik .... production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Steve Apicella .... first assistant director
Jason Ivey .... second second assistant director
Michael Pitt .... second assistant director
Matt Power .... second second assistant director
Christopher Goode .... second unit director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Michael Curry Jr. .... construction foreman
Joseph DeStephano .... set dresser
Chris DeTitta .... leadperson
Paul Gaily .... set dresser (as Paul S. Gailey)
Peter Gelfman .... property master
Michael Herlihy .... construction coordinator
Timothy Joliat .... on-set dresser (as Timothy J. Joliat)
James V. Kent .... assistant property master
Robin McAllister .... assistant props (as Robin Voth)
John Miserendino .... special artwork
John Oates Jr. .... foreman
Timothy Powers .... set dresser (as Timothy Power)
John Schabel .... set decorator: additional photography
Peter T. Shevlin .... set dresser
Alyson Wellins .... art department coordinator (as Alyson Wellins Lewin)
Robert Blair .... shop electrician (uncredited)
Michael Cycan .... carpenter (uncredited)
Emily Damico .... construction production assistant (uncredited)
Joe Landolfi .... set dresser (uncredited)
Theo Sena .... props (uncredited)
Steven Shellooe .... camera scenic artist (uncredited)
Bryan Tonkin .... construction key grip (uncredited)
Greg Voth .... graphic artist: props (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Michael Barosky .... sound mixer
Michael Barry .... sound re-recording mixer
David Boulton .... adr mixer
Kenton Jakub .... adr editor
Bobby Johanson .... adr mixer
Dan Korintus .... dialogue editor
Andy Kris .... sound re-recording mixer (as Andrew Kris)
Brian Langman .... sound effects editor
Michelle Mader .... cable
Jay Peck .... foley artist
Daniel Rosenblum .... boom operator
Paul P. Soucek .... supervising sound editor (as Paul Soucek)
Bill Sweeney .... foley editor (as William Sweeney III)
Daniel Ward .... first assistant sound editor
Jerry Yuen .... cable
Ryan Collison .... foley engineer (uncredited)
Mike Poppleton .... sound effects editor (uncredited)
Bruce Pross .... sound effects recordist (uncredited)
Eric Thompson .... adr mixer (uncredited)
Robert Troeller .... sound technician (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Jeff Brink .... special effects coordinator (uncredited)
Kevin Zack .... special effects (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Spencer Armajo .... digital compositor (uncredited)
Randall Balsmeyer .... visual effects supervisor (uncredited)
Saeed Faridzadeh .... digital compositor (uncredited)
Max Harris .... flame artist: Asylum (uncredited)
Erin L. Nelson .... digital restoration (uncredited)
Lee Roderick .... lead compositor (uncredited)
Wilson Tang .... digital restoration (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Chris Barnes .... stunts
Norman Douglass .... stunts
Gene Harrison .... stunts
Don Hewitt .... stunts
Jery Hewitt .... stunt coordinator
Joanne Lamstein .... stunts
John E. Mack .... stunts
Jennifer Lamb .... stunt performer (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Myles Aronowitz .... still photographer
Daniel Beaman .... best boy rigging grip
Angela Bellisio .... second assistant camera: "a" camera
James Brown .... grip: additional photography
Tom Cioccio .... second assistant camera: additional photography (as Thomas J. Cioccio)
Joe Collins .... camera operator: "b" camera
Joe Collins .... director of photography: second unit
John W. Duvall .... key grip: additional photography
Robert K. Feldmann .... dolly grip (as Robert Feldmann)
Steven Finestone .... additional director of photography: second unit
Doug Foote .... first assistant camera: additional photography (as Douglas Foote)
Pedro Hernández .... best boy grip (as Pedro Hernandez)
Barry Idoine .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Edward Knott III .... dolly grip: "b" camera (as Edward J. Knott III)
Robert Kummert .... key grip: second unit
Robert Kummert .... key rigging grip
Gary Martone .... key grip
Michael J. Maurer .... assistant chief lighting technician
Jon Montgomery .... chief lighting technician: additional photography (as Jon C. Montgomery)
Rocco Palmieri .... rigging gaffer
Patrick Quinn .... camera operator: "a" camera, second unit
Scott H. Ramsey .... chief lighting technician (as Scott Ramsey)
Steve Ramsey .... chief lighting technician: second unit
P. Scott Sakamoto .... camera operator: "a" camera
Gregor Tavenner .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
T. Ray Treece .... playback operator
T. Ray Treece .... video assist
Rebecca Venezia .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Anthony Wolberg .... director of photography: additional photography
John Young .... camera operator: "a" camera, second unit
Jessica Bennett .... grip (uncredited)
Robert Carnevale .... grip (uncredited)
John Coots .... additional electrician (uncredited)
David Elwell .... lighting technician (uncredited)
Tim Ferraer .... grip (uncredited)
John Frisbie .... grip (uncredited)
Stephen Girouard .... grip (uncredited)
Adam Hall .... grip (uncredited)
James Harker .... electrician (uncredited)
Dan Kubicek .... additional electrician (uncredited)
William MacGhee .... electrician (uncredited)
Scott Maher .... rigging electrician (uncredited)
Derek J. Manganelli .... additional camera loader (uncredited)
Paul C. McKenna .... crane technician: Technocrane (uncredited)
Ron Morales .... grip (uncredited)
Ben Noble .... electrician (uncredited)
Justin Panzanaro .... best boy grip: additional photography, second unit (uncredited)
Antonio Ponti .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Aaron Randall .... additional grip (uncredited)
Lance Rieck .... remote camera technician (uncredited)
John Romer .... film loader (uncredited)
Michael Rudolph .... electrician (uncredited)
P. Scott Sakamoto .... Steadicam operator (uncredited)
Lowell Schulman .... best boy rigging gaffer (uncredited)
Jonathan Stern .... additional electrician (uncredited)
Perry Unjang .... company grip (uncredited)
Ryan Webb .... electrician (uncredited)
J. Dan Wright .... electrician (uncredited)
Zenfeek .... additional grip (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Amelia Rasche McCarthy .... casting associate (as Amelia Rasche)
David H. Kramer .... adr voice casting (uncredited)
Jennifer Sabel .... extras casting (uncredited)
Joanna Vanadia .... extras casting assistant (uncredited)
Grant Wilfley .... extras casting (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
David Davenport .... wardrobe supervisor
Kate Edwards .... wardrobe supervisor
Wade Laboissonniere .... assistant costume designer
Fionnuala M. Lynch .... set costumer (as Fionnuala Lynch)
Denise Andres .... costumer (uncredited)
Gina Castellano .... costume coordinator (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Ulysses Guidotti .... second assistant editor
Aaron Marshall .... first assistant editor
Stephen Nakamura .... digital film colorist
Ron Barr .... digital intermediate editor (uncredited)
Jason Fabbro .... video colorist (uncredited)
April McMorris .... digital intermediate producer (uncredited)
Jesse Thompkins III .... editorial production assistant (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Chris Bacon .... additional orchestrator (as Chris P. Bacon)
Michael Brooks .... musical sound designer
Brad Dechter .... orchestrator
Sandy DeCrescent .... music contractor
Clay Duncan .... musical sound designer
Mick Gormaley .... assistant music editor
Richard Grant .... auricle control systems
Alex Kharlamov .... musical sound designer
Alan Meyerson .... score mixer
Alan Meyerson .... score recordist
Blake Neely .... conductor
Julia Newmann .... additional orchestrator
Nic Ratner .... music editor
Brian Ross .... music supervisor
Pamela J. Sollie .... scoring coordinator (uncredited )
Stuart Michael Thomas .... additional orchestrator
Stuart Michael Thomas .... musical sound designer
Mel Wesson .... musical sound designer
Victor Pesavento .... music preparation (uncredited)
Peter Rotter .... orchestra contractor (uncredited)
Steven L. Smith .... music preparation (uncredited)
Stuart Michael Thomas .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Greg Vines .... assistant score engineer (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Dennis Salomone .... transportation captain
Kevin R. Wood .... transportation co-captain
Zoa Keith .... dispatcher (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Megan Asbee .... set staff assistant
Dylan Ashbrook .... assistant: Jennifer Fox
Abby Bailey .... first assistant accountant
Hilary Benas .... set staff assistant
Kit Bland .... set staff assistant
Joshua Chaplinsky .... production secretary
Eddy Collyns .... location manager
John 'JR' Craigmile .... production accountant (as J.R. Craigmile)
Jennifer Crammer .... production coordinator (as Jen Crammer)
Mary Cybulski .... script supervisor
Juan E. De La Rosa .... parking assistant
Kimmie Dellechiaie .... set staff assistant (as Kim Dellechiaie)
Nicole DiCesare .... assistant: Tony Gilroy (as Niki DiCesare)
Ann Marie Doris .... assistant: Steven Samuels
Adam Freelander .... production staff assistant
Dave Ginsberg .... assistant location manager (as David Ginsberg)
Jessalyn Haefele .... production staff assistant
Julie Kuehndorf .... unit publicist
Catherine Lynch Sullivan .... production controller
Karen Marsh .... assistant: Steven Samuels
Angel McConnell .... assistant: George Clooney
Melissa Mugavero .... set staff assistant
Karla Nappi .... assistant: Kerry Orent
Paul Polow .... set staff assistant
Chris Ryan .... set staff assistant
Michael Scelza .... consultant: poker (as Mike Scelza)
Loren Sklar .... set staff assistant
Graham Smith .... set staff assistant
Hilary Smith .... assistant location manager
José Tejada .... parking coordinator (as Jose Tejada)
Amy R. Trachtman .... assistant production coordinator (as Amy Trachtman)
Justin Trimm .... set staff assistant
Giovanni Zeqireya .... security: George Clooney
Ramona Adair .... production assistant (uncredited)
Kathleen Beall .... location scout (uncredited)
Jessica Cabrera .... set production assistant (uncredited)
Adam Carroll .... location assistant (uncredited)
Matt Flanders .... location scout (uncredited)
Lowell Freedman .... additional set production assistant (uncredited)
Karen Gehres .... epk producer (uncredited)
Joseph F. Graham .... production assistant (uncredited)
Jeni Harden .... production assistant (uncredited)
Ganesh Hennigs .... production assistant (uncredited)
Aaron Hurvitz .... location scout (uncredited)
Sean Ilnseher .... location scout (uncredited)
Joe Knizeski .... production assistant (uncredited)
William Laviano .... production assistant (uncredited)
Wayne Scott Miller .... stand-in (uncredited)
Sean Oliver .... adr loop group (uncredited)
Joe Ovbey .... production assistant (uncredited)
Jillian Roache .... production assistant (uncredited)
Susan Silas .... location scout (uncredited)
Jason Stant .... payroll accountant (uncredited)
Rachael Tartell .... location coordinator (uncredited)
Shane Williams .... location assistant (uncredited)
 
Thanks
James Bane .... the filmmakers wish to extend their personal thanks: for their contribution to the making of this movie: Iowa Department of Transportation
Jean Geiger .... the filmmakers wish to extend their personal thanks: for their contribution to the making of this movie
Steve Geiger .... the filmmakers wish to extend their personal thanks: for their contribution to the making of this movie
Jerry Huffman .... the filmmakers wish to extend their personal thanks: for their contribution to the making of this movie: Wisconsin Department of Tourism
Dick Mattox .... the filmmakers wish to extend their personal thanks: for their contribution to the making of this movie: Iowa Department of Transportation
Steve Roberts .... acknowledgement: fantasy artwork licensed by the artist
Jeffrey Rothstein .... acknowledgement: photography licensed by the artist
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Fixer" - Japan (English title)
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MPAA:
Rated R for language including some sexual dialogue
Runtime:
119 min
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Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:MA | Austria:10 | Brazil:12 | Canada:14A (Alberta/Manitoba/Nova Scotia/Ontario) | Canada:PG (British Columbia) | Canada:G (Quebec) | Denmark:11 | Finland:K-11 | France:U | Germany:12 | Hong Kong:IIB | India:A | Ireland:15A | Netherlands:6 | New Zealand:M | Norway:11 | Norway:10 (TV rating) | Portugal:M/12 (Qualidade) | Singapore:NC-16 | South Africa:13L | South Korea:15 | Sweden:11 | Switzerland:12 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:12 (canton of Vaud) | Taiwan:R-12 (original rating) | UK:15 | USA:R (certificate #43163)

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Trivia:
Denzel Washington turned down the title role, saying he was skeptical of working with a first-time director. George Clooney also originally turned it down for the same reason.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Michael Clayton spots Arthur Edens in the back alley, we see Arthur carrying a bag of bread. In the beginning of the conversation, one bread in the middle is missing its top, which apparently may have been eaten. In the following shots, we see the same bread full, without the missing top.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Arthur Edens:Michael. Dear Michael. Of course it's you, who else could they send, who else could be trusted? I... I know it's a long way and you're ready to go to work... all I'm saying is wait, just wait, just-just-just... please hear me out because this is not an episode, relapse, fuck-up, it's... I'm begging you Michael. I'm begging you. Try and make believe this is not just madness because this is not just madness. Two weeks ago I came out of the building, okay, I'm running across Sixth Avenue, there's a car waiting, I got exactly 38 minutes to get to the airport and I'm dictating. There's this, this panicked associate sprinting along beside me, scribbling in a notepad, and suddenly she starts screaming, and I realize we're standing in the middle of the street, the light's changed, there's this wall of traffic, serious traffic speeding towards us, and I... I-I freeze, I can't move, and I'm suddenly consumed with the overwhelming sensation that I'm covered with some sort of film. It's in my hair, my face... it's like a glaze... like a... a coating, and... at first I thought, oh my god, I know what this is, this is some sort of amniotic - embryonic - fluid. I'm drenched in afterbirth, I've-I've breached the chrysalis, I've been reborn. But then the traffic, the stampede, the cars, the trucks, the horns, the screaming and I'm thinking no-no-no-no, reset, this is not rebirth, this is some kind of giddy illusion of renewal that happens in the final moment before death. And then I realize no-no-no, this is completely wrong because I look back at the building and I had the most stunning moment of clarity. I... I... I... I realized Michael, that I had emerged not from the doors of Kenner, Bach, and Ledeen, not through the portals of our vast and powerful law firm, but from the asshole of an organism whose sole function is to excrete the... the-the-the poison, the ammo, the defoliant necessary for other, larger, more powerful organisms to destroy the miracle of humanity. And that I had been coated in this patina of shit for the best part of my life. The stench of it and the stain of it would in all likelihood take the rest of my life to undo. And you know what I did? I took a deep cleansing breath and I set that notion aside. I tabled it. I said to myself as clear as this may be, as potent a feeling as this is, as true a thing as I believe that I have witnessed today, it must wait. It must stand the test of time. And Michael, the time is now.
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FAQ

Is the plot of Michael Clayton based on any pre-existing publication such as book or other medium?
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204 out of 306 people found the following review useful.
A satisfying flick, but you have to pay attention., 14 September 2007
Author: wxgirl55 from Canada

Saw this at a screening at the Toronto Int'l Film Festival.

This movie is appropriately titled "Michael Clayton" because in it we are introduced to the man in his many life roles; father, ex-husband, brother, son, friend and businessman. Some things he's good at, others not so much.

Terry Gilroy's debut directing showed a controlled and restrained hand, allowing the multi-tracked storyline to expand and grow, but always with a pull back to the core. For a fairly busy plot with numerous sub-characters, he did a good job of turning over pieces of the puzzle to bring the audience back full circle to the opening scene.

Michael Clayton fixes things, but we see in his own personal life there are a trail of problems he's dealing with. It's when he works alone that he seems to do his best work. Once those close to him come into his decision-making process, he lets emotions rule rather than his head.

George Clooney always seems to have a message in his movies, wanting us to be aware of the evil-doers out in the world. His boyish charm and general likability makes you root for him. We can relate to him.

Michael Clayton is a flawed individual who has good intentions but often gets beaten by the world and the people around him. Can't we all relate to that too? This was a satisfying suspense flick. Key to enjoying it is to pay attention.

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