An adaptation of the cult memoir of game show impresario Chuck Barris (Sam Rockwell), in which he purports to have been a C.I.A. hitman.


George Clooney


Chuck Barris (book), Charlie Kaufman (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dick Clark ... Self
Sam Rockwell ... Chuck Barris
Michelle Sweeney Michelle Sweeney ... J. Sweeney
Drew Barrymore ... Penny
Chelsea Ceci 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 Melissa Carter ... Chuck's Date #3
Jennifer Hall ... Georgia
Ilona Elkin ... Georgia's Girlfriend
Sean Tucker ... Barfly
Jaye P. Morgan ... Self
Maggie Gyllenhaal ... Debbie
David Julian Hirsh ... Freddie Cannon (as David Hirsh)


Television made him famous, but his biggest hits happened off-screen. This is the story of a legendary showman's double life - television producer by day, C.I.A. assassin by night. At the height of his television career, Chuck Barris (Sam Rockwell) was recruited by the C.I.A. and trained to become a covert operative. Or so Barris claimed.

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

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Did You Know?


Renée Zellweger and Gwyneth Paltrow were considered for the role of Penny Pacino. See more »


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 »


[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 Cinema Snob Movie (2012) See more »


The Silencers
Written by Mack David / Elmer Bernstein
Performed by Vikki Carr
Courtesy of Capitol Records
Under license from EMI Film & Television Music
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Good directing debut, under Cohen brothers' influence
9 May 2004 | by dromascaSee all my reviews

What is a worse crime - doing bad television, or killing people in the service of the CIA? That's how I would define in a few words the subject of this film.

This film claims to be inspired by real facts, and you may believe it or not. Actually, in the strange world of American pop culture it is not that important. Killing in the name of democracy does as bad a service to democracy as the TV reality shows do to culture. So that if the principal character happens to be a reality show producer and host, as well as a CIA paid killer during his free time, it makes sense or in the language of the movie - it fits the profile.

George Clooney's first film is well directed, and there are little or no elements to show that he is a first timer in directing. The only observation would be that the story telling seems to be too much inspired by the Cohen brothers work, especially 'Oh Brother' where Clooney was the star. However, the Charlie Kauffman's script is as original and as well written as you expect from Charlie Kauffman, and the result is good cinema - in American cinema terms and scale.

Sam Rockwell who plays the main character is little known, and as I hear was chosen after bigger stars were considered. Good choice I would say, and if the choice was Clooney's it proves that the man has a future in directing as well, not only in acting and heart breaking. Drew Barrimore and Julia Roberts are both good in playing the opposite characters of the two sentimental interests of the main character.

Good entertainment, and not a brainless one for a change. 8/10 on my personal scale.

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24 January 2003 (USA) See more »

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Confessions of a Dangerous Mind See more »


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$30,000,000 (estimated)

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$87,199, 5 January 2003

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