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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.

Director:

George Clooney

Writers:

Chuck Barris (book), Charlie Kaufman (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dick Clark ... Himself
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 ... Herself
Maggie Gyllenhaal ... Debbie
David Julian Hirsh ... 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 »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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USA | Germany | Canada

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

24 January 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Confesiones de una mente peligrosa See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$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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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The Central Intelligence Agency has denied that Chuck Barris ever worked for them. See more »

Goofs

Twice in the film Chuck lights a cigarette backwards (i.e. he lights the filter with the tip in his mouth.) The first time is in Chuck's office with him and his secretary (labeled as taking place in LA, 1967), and the second time is in a car with Chuck, Byrd, and Simon Oliver in Helsinki 1967. Also, in each of these scenes Chuck is smoking a different brand of cigarettes, though this may very well have been on purpose. See more »

Quotes

[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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Connections

References The Game Game (1969) See more »

Soundtracks

Smoothly Organ, Traitor's Grow
Written and Performed by Peter Thomas
Recording and publishing with kind permission of SMV Schacht Musikverlage GmbH
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Confessions of a Dangerous Mind: Deftly Avoiding the Gong
1 April 2005 | by sixtwentysixSee all my reviews

While quite very obviously a well crafted lie sold as truth this movie does not fail to entertain and was one of the more underrated films of the year of it's release. A commercial failure the film was re-released later based on word of mouth buzz. This film appeals to a fringe audience that remains just out of reach of mainstream films. What do you expect from a screenplay written by Charlie Kaufmann? This film is a telling of the story of Chuck Barris, creator of various TV shows and all around uncomfortable guy. Barris holds many stations in life, TV producer, songwriter and CIA assassin. The meat of this story is not so much in his occupations but the mental condition and back story of Barris throughout the film. With something lurking just below the surface of an ambiguous nature you aren't certain if you should root for Barris or despise him.

Through various twists and turns you follow what is one half mockumentary and one half spy thriller the film plays it very loose and fast and it let's your mind run wild and free without the burden of tension that a spy thriller would give. Definitely worth a watch if you enjoy strong acting performances mixed with offbeat plots.

Clooney takes what is basically a poor mans "THE KID STAYS IN THE PICTURE" and makes a very entertaining and watchable film with great acting and stylish but reigned in technique. Finally a someone takes the theory of taking a bad idea and making a fine film and makes good.


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