Open Date: September 14, 2007
Warner Bros. Pictures
Director: Tony Gilroy
Writer: Tony Gilroy Producers: Sydney Pollack, Steve Samuels, Jennifer Fox, Kerry Orent
Executive Producers: Steven Soderbergh, George Clooney, Jim Holt, Anthony Minghella
Cast: George Clooney, Tom Wilkinson, Tilda Swinton, Sydney Pollack
(Photo left) GEORGE CLOONEY stars as Michael Clayton and TOM WILKINSON stars as Arthur Edens in Warner Bros. Pictures’ drama “Michael Clayton.” The film also stars Tilda Swinton and Sydney Pollack. Photo by Myles Aronowitz
Drama. Michael Clayton (George Clooney) is an in-house “fixer” at one of the largest corporate law firms in New York. A former criminal prosecutor, Clayton takes care of Kenner, Bach & Ledeen’s dirtiest work at the behest of the firm’s co-founder Marty Bach (Sydney Pollack).
Though burned out and hardly content with his job as a fixer, his divorce, a failed business venture and mounting debt have left Clayton inextricably tied to the firm. At U/North, meanwhile, the career of litigator Karen Crowder (Tilda Swinton) rests on the multi-million dollar settlement of a class action suit that Clayton’s firm is leading to a seemingly successful conclusion.
But when Kenner Bach’s brilliant and guilt-ridden attorney Arthur Edens (Tom Wilkinson) sabotages the U/North case, Clayton faces the biggest challenge of his career and his life.
This film has been rated “R” by the MPAA for “language including some sexual dialogue.”
“MICHAEL CLAYTON” Michael Clayton (George Clooney) is an in-house “fixer” at one of the largest corporate law firms in New York. At the behest of the firm’s co-founder Marty Bach (Sydney Pollack), Clayton, a former prosecutor from a family of cops, takes care of Kenner, Bach & Ledeen’s dirtiest work. Clayton cleans up clients’ messes, handling anything from hit-and-runs and damaging stories in the press to shoplifting wives and crooked politicians.
Though burned out and discontented in his job, Clayton is inextricably tied to the firm. At the agrochemical company U/North, the career of in-house chief counsel Karen Crowder (Tilda Swinton) rests on the settlement of the suit that Kenner, Bach & Ledeen is leading to a seemingly successful conclusion.
When the firm’s top litigator, the brilliant Arthur Edens (Tom Wilkinson), has an apparent breakdown and tries to sabotage the entire case, Marty Bach sends Michael Clayton to tackle this unprecedented disaster and, in doing so, Clayton comes face to face with the reality of who he has become.
Warner Bros. Pictures presents, in association with Samuels Media and Castle Rock Entertainment, a Mirage Enterprises/Section Eight Production, “Michael Clayton,” starring Academy Award winner George Clooney (“Syriana”), Oscar nominee Tom Wilkinson (“In the Bedroom”), Tilda Swinton (“The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe”) and Sydney Pollack (“The Interpreter”).
The film was written and directed by Tony Gilroy (screenwriter, “The Bourne Identity,” “The Bourne Supremacy”). Sydney Pollack, Jennifer Fox, Steven Samuels and Kerry Orent served as producers, with Steven Soderbergh, George Clooney, James Holt and Anthony Minghella serving as executive producers. Joining the director behind the scenes were director of photography Robert Elswit, production designer Kevin Thompson, editor John Gilroy and costume designer Sarah Edwards.
The music is by James Newton Howard. “Michael Clayton” will be released domestically by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, with international territories handled by Summit Entertainment. “Michael Clayton” has been rated “R” by the MPAA for “language including some sexual dialogue.”