Michael Clayton


2h 2007

Brief Synopsis

Former prosecutor Michael Clayton works as a fixer at the corporate law firm of Kenner, Bach and Ledeen, and takes care of his employer's dirty work. Burned out and deep in debt, he is bound tightly to the firm. Clayton faces the biggest challenge of his career when a guilt-ridden attorney has a breakdown during a huge class-action lawsuit.

Film Details

MPAA Rating
Genre
Drama
Thriller
Legal
Release Date
2007
Distribution Company
WARNER BROS. PICTURES DISTRIBUTION (WBPD)
Location
New York City, New York, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
2h

Synopsis

Michael Clayton 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, 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 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, 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.

Crew

Steve Apicella

Assistant Director

Myles Aronowitz

Photography

Megan Asbee

Assistant

Dylan Ashbrook

Assistant

Chris P Bacon

Original Music

Abby Bailey

Accounting Assistant

Randall Balsmeyer

Visual Effects Supervisor

Chris Barnes

Stunts

Michael Barosky

Sound Mixer

Michael Barry

Sound Re-Recording Mixer

Daniel Beaman

Best Boy Grip

Angela Bellisio

Camera Assistant

Hilary Benas

Assistant

Chris Bingham

Makeup

Kit Bland

Assistant

David Boulton

Adr Mixer

Michael Brooks

Music

Clay Brown

Art Director

James F Brown

Grip

Joshua Chaplinsky

Production Secretary

Ellen Chenoweth

Casting Director

Paul Cheponis

Set Decorator

Tom Cioccio

Assistant Camera

George Clooney

Executive Producer

Joseph R Collins

Director Of Photography

Joseph R Collins

Dp/Cinematographer

Joseph R Collins

Camera Operator

Eddy Collyns

Location Manager

John Craigmile

Accountant

Jen Crammer

Production Coordinator

Michael Curry

Foreman

Mary Cybulski

Script Supervisor

Roger Daprato

Production Coordinator

David Davenport

Wardrobe Supervisor

Sandy De Crescent

Music Contractor

Juan E. De La Rosa

Assistant

Brad Dechter

Original Music

Kim Dellechiaie

Assistant

Joe Destefano

On-Set Dresser

George Detitta Jr.

Set Decorator

Niki Dicesare

Assistant

Ann Marie Doris

Assistant

Norman Douglass

Stunts

Clay Duncan

Music

John Duvall

Key Grip

Kate Edwards

Wardrobe Supervisor

Sarah Edwards

Costume Designer

Robert Elswit

Director Of Photography

Robert Elswit

Dp/Cinematographer

Alyson Evans

Unit Production Manager

Robert K. Feldmann

Dolly Grip

Bert Ferntheil

Song

Steven Finestone

Dp/Cinematographer

Steven Finestone

Director Of Photography

Douglas Foote

Assistant Camera

Jennifer Fox

Producer

Adam Freelander

Production Assistant

Paul Gaily

On-Set Dresser

Peter Gelfman

Property Master

John Gilroy

Editor

Tony Gilroy

Screenplay

David Ginsberg

Assistant Location Manager

Christopher Goode

Unit Production Manager

Christopher Goode

Coproducer

Mick Gormaley

Music Editor

Richard Grant

Music

Ulysses Guidotti

Assistant Editor

Stephane Guillaume

Song

Jessalyn Haefele

Production Assistant

Gene Harrison

Stunts

Michael Herlihy

Construction Coordinator

Pedro Hernandez

Best Boy Grip

Don Hewitt

Stunts

Jery Hewitt

Stunt Coordinator

James A Holt

Executive Producer

James Newton Howard

Music

Barry Idoine

Camera Assistant

Kenton Jakub

Adr Editor

Bobby Johanson

Adr Mixer

Timothy Joliat

On-Set Dresser

James V Kent

Assistant Property Master

Alex Kharlamov

Music

Edward James Knott

Dolly Grip

Dan Korintus

Dialogue Editor

Andy Kris

Sound Re-Recording Mixer

Robert Kummert

Key Rigging Grip

Robert Kummert

Key Grip

Wade Laboissonniere

Assistant Costume Designer

Joanne Lamstein

Stunts

Brian Langman

Sound Effects Editor

Alyson W Lewin

Art Department Coordinator

Fionnuala Lynch

Wardrobe Supervisor

John E Mack

Stunts

Michelle Mader

Sound

Karen Marsh

Assistant

Aaron Marshall

Assistant Editor

Gary Martone

Key Grip

Michael Maurer

Chief Lighting Technician

Christine Mayer

Set Decorator

Angel Mcconnell

Assistant

Alan Meyerson

Score Recording

Ralph Millero

Assistant (Uncredited)

Ralph Millero

Other

Anthony Minghella

Executive Producer

John Miserendino

Art Department

Jon Montgomery

Chief Lighting Technician

Melissa Mugavero

Assistant

Stephen Nakamura

Colorist

Karla Nappi

Assistant

Blake Neely

Music Conductor

Julia Newmann

Original Music

Charlene Olson

Post-Production Supervisor

Kerry Orent

Producer

Rocco Palmieri

Gaffer

Jay Peck

Foley Artist

Michael Pitt

Assistant Director

Sydney Pollack

Producer

Paul Polow

Assistant

Milan Popelka

Production Supervisor

Jerry Popolis

Hair Stylist

Chuck Potter

Set Decorator

Matt Power

Assistant Director

Timothy Powers

On-Set Dresser

Patrick Quinn

Camera Operator

Scott Ramsey

Chief Lighting Technician

Steven Ramsey

Chief Lighting Technician

Amelia Rasche

Casting Associate

Nic Ratner

Music Editor

Daniel Rosenblum

Boom Operator

Brian Ross

Music Supervisor

Chris Ryan

Assistant

P Scott Sakamoto

Camera Operator

Dennis Salomone

Transportation Captain

Steve Samuels

Producer

Waldo Sanchez

Hair

Michael Scelza

Consultant

John Schabel

Set Decorator

Pete Shevlin

On-Set Dresser

Loren Sklar

Assistant

Graham Smith

Assistant

Hilary Smith

Assistant Location Manager

Steven Soderbergh

Executive Producer

Paul P Soucek

Supervising Sound Editor

Igor Srubshchik

Production Supervisor

Catherine Lynch Sullivan

Accountant

William Sweeney

Foley Editor

Gregor Tavenner

Camera Assistant

Jose Tejada

Coordinator

Mia Thoen

Makeup Artist

Stuart Thomas

Original Music

Stuart Thomas

Music

Kevin Thompson

Production Designer

Amy R Trachtman

Production Coordinator

Edwina Travis-chin

Song

T. Ray Treece

Video Assist/Playback

Justin Trimm

Assistant

Beka Venezia

Camera Assistant

Lauren Vigeland

Production Supervisor

Robin Voth

Props Assistant

Daniel Ward

Assistant Sound Editor

Mel Wesson

Music

Anthony Wolberg

Director Of Photography

Anthony Wolberg

Dp/Cinematographer

Kevin Wood

Transportation Co-Captain

John Young

Camera Operator

Jerry Yuen

Sound

Giovanni Zeqireya

Security

Film Details

MPAA Rating
Genre
Drama
Thriller
Legal
Release Date
2007
Distribution Company
WARNER BROS. PICTURES DISTRIBUTION (WBPD)
Location
New York City, New York, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
2h

Award Wins

Best Supporting Actress

2007
Tilda Swinton

Best Supporting Actress

2008
Tilda Swinton

Award Nominations

Best Actor

2007
George Clooney

Best Director

2007
Tony Gilroy

Best Original Screenplay

2007

Best Picture

2007

Best Score

2007

Best Supporting Actor

2007
Tom Wilkinson

Quotes

Trivia

Miscellaneous Notes

Voted one of the 10 best films of 2007 by the American Film Institute (AFI).

Winner of the 2007 award for Best Actor (George Clooney) by the National Board of Review (NBR).

Winner of the 2007 award for Best Actor (George Clooney) by the San Francisco Film Critics Circle (SFFCC).

Winner of the 2007 award for Best Actor (George Clooney) by the Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA).

Winner of the 2007 award for Best Supporting Actress (Tilda Swinton) by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA).

Winner of the 2007 award for British Actor of the Year in a Supporting Role (Tom Wilkinson) by the London Critics' Circle.

Limited Release in United States October 5, 2007

Released in United States Fall October 5, 2007

Wide Release in United States October 12, 2007

Released in United States on Video February 19, 2008

Released in United States 2007

Released in United States October 2007

Released in United States December 2007

Shown at Deauville Festival of American Cinema (Premiere) August 31-September 9, 2007.

Shown at Venice International Film Festival (Competition) August 29-September 8, 2007.

Shown at Chicago International Film Festival (Gala Presentations) October 4-17, 2007.

Shown at Dubai International Film Festival (Dubai Gala Screening) December 9-16, 2007.

Project was included on the 2005 Black List.

Feature directorial debut for Tony Gilroy.

Limited Release in United States October 5, 2007 (NY, LA, TOR)

Released in United States Fall October 5, 2007

Wide Release in United States October 12, 2007

Released in United States on Video February 19, 2008

Released in United States 2007 (Shown at Deauville Festival of American Cinema (Premiere) August 31-September 9, 2007.)

Released in United States 2007 (Shown at Venice International Film Festival (Competition) August 29-September 8, 2007.)

Released in United States October 2007 (Shown at Chicago International Film Festival (Gala Presentations) October 4-17, 2007.)

Released in United States December 2007 (Shown at Dubai International Film Festival (Dubai Gala Screening) December 9-16, 2007.)

Co-winner of the 2007 Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor - Drama (Tom Wilkinson) by the International Press Academy (IPA).