Confessions of a Dangerous Mind

Confessions of a Dangerous Mind

George Clooney (2002)

15 Certificate


Our Score
George Clooney made a remarkably accomplished debut behind the camera with this biographical comedy drama that tackles the unreliable memoirs of Chuck Barris, who devised and hosted influential US TV shows The Dating Game and The Gong Show. To tell the story of the man who also claimed to have killed 33 people as a CIA assassin, Clooney surrounded himself with some of the best creative artists in Hollywood. Charlie Kaufman contributes a sharp, deadpan script that takes Barris at his word, and good use is made of cinematographer Newton Thomas Sigel's shifting but evocative palette of colours and hues. The film's gleefully erratic tone and style fluctuates between gaudy 1960s psychedelia and muted Cold War grit, enriched by Clooney's amazing fluency with a camera and the film's irreverent sense of fun. Sam Rockwell is believable and entertaining as Barris, and Drew Barrymore is on good form as his devoted girlfriend. Even if the director's supporting role as Barris's CIA recruiter - and Julia Roberts's daft turn as a fellow agent - smacks of self-indulgence, who can blame him for enjoying himself?


Fact-based comedy drama based on the outlandish memoirs of real-life TV executive Chuck Barris, who claimed to have been a CIA assassin, killing 33 people in between masterminding a host of successful game shows. Starring Sam Rockwell, Drew Barrymore, Julia Roberts, Maggie Gyllenhaal and George Clooney, who also makes his directorial debut.

Cast & Crew

Jim Byrd George Clooney
Chuck Barris Sam Rockwell
Penny Drew Barrymore
Debbie Maggie Gyllenhaal
Patricia Watson Julia Roberts
J Sweeney Michelle Sweeney
Keeler Rutger Hauer
Larry Goldberg Jerry Weintraub
Director George Clooney
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Buena VistaGuidance: Contains violence, swearing and sex scenes.Available on: video and DVDReleased on: 14 Mar 2003
Drama Comedy