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Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (2002)

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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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... Himself
... Chuck Barris
Michelle Sweeney ... J. Sweeney
... Penny
Chelsea Ceci ... Tuvia, Age 8
... Chuck Age 8 and 11 (as Michael Céra)
... Chuck's Date #1
... Chuck's Date #2
Melissa Carter ... Chuck's Date #3
... Georgia
... Georgia's Girlfriend
... Barfly
... Herself
... Debbie
... Freddie Cannon (as David Hirsh)
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Storyline

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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Some things are better left top secret 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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Box Office

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$29,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$87,199, 5 January 2003, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$16,003,576, 31 August 2003
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Trivia

A tour guide says that her favorite television show stars Rosemary Clooney, aunt of director George Clooney. Rosie's recording of "There's No Business Like Show Business" plays over the end credits. See more »

Goofs

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 »

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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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References The Tammy Grimes Show (1966) See more »

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Written by Mack David / Martin Denny
Performed by Martin Denny
Courtesy of Capitol Records
Under license from EMI Film & Television Music
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Clooney Plays a Weird Story Straight Up
4 March 2004 | by 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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