Michael Clayton

Michael Clayton

Tony Gilroy (2007)

15 Certificate


Our Score
For an actor renowned for having a twinkle in his eye, George Clooney takes quite a risk in this downbeat but gripping legal thriller. He barely raises a smile as the eponymous "fixer" for a huge Manhattan legal firm, who's struggling with a failed marriage, a gambling habit and crushing debts following an ill-advised investment. When top attorney Tom Wilkinson suffers a breakdown and switches sides during a long-running case involving an agrochemical giant, Clooney is dispatched to deal with the fallout. First-time director Tony Gilroy (who won his spurs writing the Bourne trilogy) handles the mostly wordy action with confidence - unravelling much of the story in flashback and drip-feeding the facts. Clooney is magnificently moody and troubled, and Tilda Swinton and Sydney Pollack provide knockout support as, respectively, conniving counsel and Clooney's boss. It's not quite up there with the similarly themed Erin Brockovich, but this is still powerful, intelligent adult fare.


A troubled attorney takes over a high-profile case when a colleague suffers a nervous breakdown and threatens to blow the whistle on corporate corruption. However, as he tries to limit the damage, he uncovers damning proof that will expose a secret group of conspirators - who are prepared to commit murder to keep the evidence buried. Legal thriller, starring George Clooney, Tom Wilkinson, Sydney Pollack and an Oscar-winning Tilda Swinton.

Cast & Crew

Michael Clayton George Clooney
Karen Crowder Tilda Swinton
Arthur Edens Tom Wilkinson
Marty Bach Sydney Pollack
Barry Grissom Michael O'Keefe
Mr Greer Denis O'Hare
Mrs Greer Julie White
Henry Clayton Austin Williams
Director Tony Gilroy
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: PathéGuidance: Contains swearing and some violence.Available on: DVD and Blu-ray