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Format: DVD
Sku: 206827219
UPC: 085391140344
UPC 14: 00085391140344
Rating: Game Rating Code
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The Truth Can Be Adjusted.
Attorney Michael Clayton is a "fixer," the go-to guy when his powerful New York law firm wants a mess swept under the rug. But now he's handed a crisis even he may not be able to fix. The firm's top litigator in a $3-billion case has gone from advocate to whistleblower. And the more Michael tries to undo the damage, the more he's up against forces that put corporate survival over human life -- including Michael's.

George Clooney portrays Michael, backed into a career corner that offers little room to fight free in this suspense- and star-packed thriller written and directed by Tony Gilroy (writer/co-writer of the Bourne movie trilogy). Keep your eyes on Michael Clayton. He has some life-or-death decisions to make. Fast.

"...[an] uncommonly intelligent thriller...[that elicits] gritty urban realism while maintaining a suave sense of style and moral complexity.  Ann Hornaday, The Washington Post
"A deftly written, tautly suspenseful and intellectually demanding morality tale.  Claudia Puig, USA Today
"This loving throwback to the paranoid thrillers of the '70s is a beauty.  Ella Taylor, L.A. Weekly
"A smart and suspenseful legal thriller that comes completely alive on-screen.  Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"Deliberate, demanding and character-driven...I couldn't have liked it more.  Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"An excellent legal thriller elevated to superb drama by the actor's (Clooney) central performance.  Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald
"A spellbinding action-drama, skillfully built upon a scary corporate conspiracy, chock-full of enjoyable downbeat performances.  William Arnold, Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Editor's Note
Michael Clayton (George Clooney) is what is known in the legal world as a "fixer," or in the character's own pejorative version, a "janitor" who cleans up legal messes for VIPs and corporations on behalf of a prestigious New York City law firm. A former litigator, Clayton has found a niche that capitalizes on his legal acumen and shrewd people skills, and yet, after 13 years on the job, finds himself increasingly disgusted with his clientele. The film covers four pivotal days of his life, in which a midlife crisis and a crisis of conscience neatly converge when he is called in to "fix" a situation unfolding in one of his firm's hottest cases. Brilliant lawyer Arthur Edens (another powerhouse performance by Tom Wilkinson), representing a huge agro-chemical corporation being hit by a class action suit, has a bipolar breakdown, compounded by guilt over his defense of a company that is probably in the wrong, but is wealthy enough to buy its innocence either way. The company's CEO (Tilda Swinton) will stop at nothing to keep Edens from sinking the case. Clayton must decide how much of Edens's mad rebellion against the company is sheer mental illness, how much is true, and how much it will cost him to do the right thing.

Clooney delivers a rich performance as a hangdog and haunted man who wants to stay on the side of good, but is a little too skilled at moral margin-walking to make that an easy choice in every situation. Swinton glows as a secretly frail Amazon who somehow won't let a tortured conscience prevent her from getting ahead. The final third of the film is as suspenseful as any courtroom drama, without ever resorting to legal-thriller cliches.


Video Features DVD, Pan and Scan (TV Format), English, Spanish, French, Subtitled, No Longer Produced

Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Warner
Video Release Date Release Date: 9/28/2010
Video Play Time Running Time: 119 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 2007
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 1000024057
Video UPC UPC: 00085391140344
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English, French Dubbed, Spanish Dubbed
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: French, Spanish
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Standard  1.33:1 [4:3]
Entertainment Reviews
Expert Review Michael Clayton - DVD Review
By: Sean O'Connell DVD Reviews
Published on: 2/8/2008 5:27 PM
The suspicious Clayton moves like a '70s picture but has roots in modern industrial problems such as corporate deception and greed. Attorney Arthur Edens (Tom Wilkinson) leads the defense team in a $3 billion class-action suit filed against U/North. The company is being sued by salt-of-the-earth farmers because of a germ killer U/North used despite knowing it was hazardous to people's health. Pay little attention to the details, though, because this plot is one of the largest MacGuffins we've seen in years. The story is about the lawsuit without really being about the lawsuit, if that makes sense. the full review

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info George Clooney
Video Cast Info Sydney Pollack
Video Cast Info Tilda Swinton
Video Cast Info Tom Wilkinson
Video Cast Info Clay Brown - Art Director
Video Cast Info George Clooney - Executive Producer
Video Cast Info James Newton Howard - Original Music By
Video Cast Info John Gilroy - Editor
Video Cast Info Kevin Thompson - Production Designer
Video Cast Info Robert Elswit - Cinematographer
Video Cast Info Steven Soderbergh - Executive Producer
Video Cast Info Tony Gilroy - Director
Video Cast Info Tony Gilroy - Writer


Nominee (2008)
   Video Award Name Golden Globe, Michael Clayton, Best Motion Picture - Drama
   Video Award Name Golden Globe, George Clooney, Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama
   Video Award Name Golden Globe, Tom Wilkinson, Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
   Video Award Name Golden Globe, Tilda Swinton, Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
   Video Award Name Oscar, Tony Gilroy, Best Achievement in Directing
   Video Award Name Oscar, James Newton Howard, Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Score
   Video Award Name Oscar, Sydney Pollack, et. al., Best Motion Picture of the Year
   Video Award Name Oscar, George Clooney, Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role
   Video Award Name Oscar, Tom Wilkinson, Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role
   Video Award Name Oscar, Tilda Swinton, Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role
   Video Award Name Oscar, Tony Gilroy, Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen

Nominee (2007)
   Video Award Name Venice Film Festival, Tony Gilroy, Golden Lion Award

Professional Reviews

Total Film
4 stars out of 5 -- "[A] zesty, brainy chaser....A thought-provoking exposé that could land Clooney an Oscar..." 10/01/2007 p.56

Sight and Sound
"Clooney can suggest depths of weary self-loathing...and his eventual hard-won redemption accordingly carries more emotional weight....Gilroy draws vivid performances from his cast..." 10/01/2007 p.62

USA Today
4 stars out of 4 -- "A deftly written, tautly suspenseful and intellectually demanding morality tale, it stays a step ahead of the audience and features multidimensional characters played by actors at the top of their games." 10/05/2007 p.5E

New York Times
"Dark in color, mood and outraged worldview, MICHAEL CLAYTON is a film that speaks to the way we live now....[The film is] adult, sincere, intelligent, absorbing..." 10/05/2007 p.E1-E17

Entertainment Weekly
"[A] terrifically engrossing, tethered-to-the-real-world drama....It's better than good; it's such a crackling and mature and accomplished movie that it just about restores your faith." 10/12/2007 p.52-53

Rolling Stone
3.5 stars out of 4 -- "[T]he film is a triumph for George Clooney, who is at the top of his dramatic form in the title role..." 10/18/2007 p.131

Los Angeles Times
"[A] smart and suspenseful legal thriller that comes completely alive on-screen." 10/05/2007

Film Comment
"[A] solid, well-crafted, beautifully written and acted thriller....The execution is splendid and the dramatic payoff is considerable..." 01/01/2008 p.40

4 stars out of 5 -- "[With] Tom Wilkinson as a hot-shot lawyer in spectacular meltdown. Tilda Swinton is also memorable as a conniving suit....A very grown-up thriller." 03/01/2008 p.123

Ultimate DVD
4 stars out of 5 -- "Clooney plays against his movie star persona, delivering a subtle performance....Thematically MICHAEL CLAYTON bears some comparison to THE INSIDER and, like that film, any morally satisfying pay-off is tempered by the human cost of corporate greed." 04/01/2008 p.109

Wall Street Journal
"[T]he pieces coalesce into a stirring portrait of a man reclaiming his soul from a scrap heap of discarded principles." 12/04/2009

ReelViews 8 of 10
When it comes to motion pictures, there are essentially two kinds of thrillers: visceral thrillers, which rely on action to generate tension and excitement, and intellectual thrillers, which burn more slowly but are often more satisfying in the end. Michael Clayton, the directorial debut of screenwriter Tony Gilroy, belongs in the latter category. The movie unfolds at its own pace and makes few concessions to impatient viewers or those who don't pay attention...Michael Clayton builds to a fitting conclusion and doesn't need surprise twists or cheap theatrics to get to that point. If there's a weakness to the storyline, it's that Michael's motivations sometimes seem determined by the needs of the plot. The film develops gradually and stays rooted in the real world rather than the quasi-familiar realm in which many thrillers unspool. The movie makes a damning statement about the profit-above-all business practices of major corporations, but there's nothing new in that. What's worthwhile here is the way in which the story provides us with unique characters in interesting situations and follows them as they pass through the eye of the storm. Michael Clayton is unlikely to be a major box office player but, as evidenced by films like The Constant Gardener, there is an audience out there for slower, more intellectual thrillers. This is a motion picture for them to discover. - James Berardinelli

Chicago Sun-Times 10 of 10
George Clooney brings a slick, ruthless force to the title role of "Michael Clayton," playing a fixer for a powerful law firm. He works in the shadows, cleaning up messes, and he is a realist. He tells clients what they don't want to hear. He shoots down their fantasies of "options." One client complains bitterly that he was told Clayton was a miracle worker. "I'm not a miracle worker," Clayton replies. "I'm a janitor"...I don't know what vast significance "Michael Clayton" has (it involves deadly pollution but isn't a message movie). But I know it is just about perfect as an exercise in the genre. I've seen it twice, and the second time, knowing everything that would happen, I found it just as fascinating because of how well it was all shown happening. It's not about the destination but the journey, and when the stakes become so high that lives and corporations are on the table, it's spellbinding to watch the Clooney and Swinton characters eye to eye, raising each other, both convinced that the other is bluffing...The movie was written and directed by Tony Gilroy, son of the playwright Frank D. Gilroy ("The Subject Was Roses"). It's a directing debut for Gilroy, who is a star screenwriter (all three Bourne pictures, "Extreme Measures?" "The Devil's Advocate" and "Proof of Life"). As a first-time director, his taste runs toward the classical style and not toward the Bourne shaky-cam. - Roger Ebert

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