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Michael Clayton (2007)

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Michael Clayton is a American legal thriller film written and directed by Tony Gilroy in his feature directorial debut and starring George Clooney, Tom Wilkinson, Tilda Swinton, and Sydney Pollack. The film chronicles the attempts by attorney Michael Clayton to cope with a colleague’s apparent mental breakdown and the corruption and intrigue surrounding a major client of his law firm being sued in a class action case over the effects of toxic agrochemicals.

Released on October 5, 2007, the film grossed $93 million worldwide. It was praised for Gilroy’s direction, the performances, and the screenplay; Swinton’s performance was particularly lauded. It was nominated for seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Original Screenplay, as well as Best Actor for Clooney, Best Supporting Actor for Wilkinson, and Best Supporting Actress for Swinton, which she won.

Michael Clayton is a “fixer” for a prestigious New York City law firm, using his connections and knowledge of legal loopholes for clients’ benefit. One night he receives a call about a client who was involved in a hit-and-run accident, leaving his high-stakes poker game to attend to the matter. Later he drives into the countryside and in the early morning he suddenly stops to approach a trio of horses in a field, when a bomb detonates in his car parked nearby.

Four days earlier, Arthur Edens, one of the firm’s leading attorneys, has a manic episode in the middle of a deposition in Milwaukee involving a multibillion-dollar, six-year-long class action lawsuit against client U-North, an agricultural products conglomerate. Michael arrives in Milwaukee and bails Arthur out of jail after finding out he is no longer taking his medication, but Arthur escapes from their hotel room in the middle of the night and returns to New York.

Director: Tony Gilroy

Writer: Tony Gilroy

Stars: George Clooney, Tilda Swinton, Tom Wilkinson, Sydney Pollack, Michael O’Keefe, Austin Williams, Denis O’Hare

Cast:

Tom WilkinsonArthur Edens
Michael O’KeefeBarry Grissom
Sydney PollackMarty Bach
Danielle SkraastadBridget Klein (voice)
Tilda SwintonKaren Crowder
George ClooneyMichael Clayton
Wai ChanChinese Dealer
Alberto VazquezPlayer #1
Brian KoppelmanPlayer #2
Tom McCarthyWalter (voice)
Denis O’HareMr. Greer
Julie WhiteMrs. Greer
Austin WilliamsHenry Clayton
Jennifer Van DyckIvy
Frank WoodGerald
Richard HechtAuctioneer
Bill RaymondGabe Zabel
Jonathan WalkerDel (voice)
Sharon WashingtonPam
Cynthia MaceWendy (voice)
Michael CountrymanEvan (voice)
Ken HowardDon Jeffries
Amy HargreavesInterviewer
Susan PellegrinoSecretary
Rachel BlackMaude
Matthew DetmerTodd
John Douglas ThompsonJail Guard
Merritt WeverAnna (as Meritt Wever)
Brian PoteatDeposition Lawyer
Christopher MannLieutenant Elston
Edward FursMilwaukee Captain
Katherine WaterstonThird Year
John Gerard FranklinCorrection Officer
Remy AuberjonoisFifth Year
Pun BandhuFourth Year
Jason StrongFirst Year
Robert PrescottMr. Verne
Paul OquistStarter
Terry SerpicoMr. Iker
Heidi ArmbrusterAnna’s Sister
Pamela GrayCindy Bach
Andrew Hunter ShermanU / North (voice) (as Andrew Sherman)
Kevin HaganRaymond Clayton
Julia GibsonStephanie Clayton
Sean CullenGene Clayton
Susan EgbertMichelle
David LansburyTimmy Clayton
David ZayasDetective Dalberto
Douglas McGrathJeff Gaffney (as Doug McGrath)
Gregory DannCop
Cathy Diane TomlinCop #2
Sam GilroyCopy Kid
Maggie SiffAttorney #1
Sarah NicholsBarry’s Assistant
Susan McBrienJean
Jordan LagePartner
Neal HuffFirst Associate
Paul JuhnSecond Associate
Patrick AskinAuction Bidder (uncredited)
Angelo BonsignoreVideographer (uncredited)
Kevin CannonAuction Worker (uncredited)
Pat ChambersAirport drop off (uncredited)
Clem CheungLandlord (uncredited)
Tony GilroyTaxi Driver (voice) (uncredited)
Emelie JeffriesRaymond Clayton’s Nurse (uncredited)
Richard KellyPolice Officer (uncredited)
Owen LundRon (uncredited)
Kimmy SuzukiCopy Shop Clerk (uncredited)
Robert TorresParking Lot Attendant (uncredited)
Steven WeiszExecutive (uncredited)
Kenneth G. YongElevator Operator (uncredited)

Sources: imdb & wikipedia

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