Michael Clayton (HD & DVD Combo)

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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.


Studio Warner
SKU 206827222
UPC 085391176220
UPC 14 00085391176220
Format HD DVD
Release Date 3/11/2008
Rating Rating
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  2.40:1
Cast & Crew
Clay Brown - Art Director
George Clooney - Executive Producer
George Clooney - Actor
James Newton Howard - Original Music By
John Gilroy - Editor
Kevin Thompson - Production Designer
Robert Elswit - Cinematographer
Steven Soderbergh - Executive Producer
Sydney Pollack - Actor
Tilda Swinton - Actor
Tom Wilkinson - Actor
Tony Gilroy - Director
Tony Gilroy - Writer
Nominee (2008) Golden Globe, Michael Clayton, Best Motion Picture - Drama,Golden Globe, George Clooney, Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama,Golden Globe, Tom Wilkinson, Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture,Golden Globe, Tilda Swinton, Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture,Oscar, Tony Gilroy, Best Achievement in Directing,Oscar, James Newton Howard, Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Score,Oscar, Sydney Pollack, et. al., Best Motion Picture of the Year,Oscar, George Clooney, Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role,Oscar, Tom Wilkinson, Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role,Oscar, Tilda Swinton, Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role,Oscar, Tony Gilroy, Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen
Nominee (2007) Venice Film Festival, Tony Gilroy, Golden Lion Award
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review 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.
Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review 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.
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 10
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Ann Hornaday, The Washington Post ...[an] uncommonly intelligent thriller...[that elicits] gritty urban realism while maintaining a suave sense of style and moral complexity.
Claudia Puig, USA Today A deftly written, tautly suspenseful and intellectually demanding morality tale.
Ella Taylor, L.A. Weekly This loving throwback to the paranoid thrillers of the '70s is a beauty.
Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times A smart and suspenseful legal thriller that comes completely alive on-screen.
Peter Travers, Rolling Stone Deliberate, demanding and character-driven...I couldn't have liked it more.
Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald An excellent legal thriller elevated to superb drama by the actor's (Clooney) central performance.
William Arnold, Seattle Post-Intelligencer A spellbinding action-drama, skillfully built upon a scary corporate conspiracy, chock-full of enjoyable downbeat performances.
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