A law firm brings in its "fixer" to remedy the situation after a lawyer has a breakdown while representing a chemical company that he knows is guilty in a multi-billion dollar class action suit.
2.35 : 1
Rated R for language including some sexual dialogue.
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Attorney, Law Firm, Fixer, Debt, Lawsuit
SDDS, Dolby Digital, DTS
Crisis of Conscience, Whistleblowers, Office Politics, Lawyers
Chilly, Ominous, Forceful, Confrontational, Tense
Has Detailed Data (New)
1, 2, 3, 7, 8
Count - Awards
US Box Office
Country Of Origin
Michael Clayton is a 2007 American drama film written and directed by Tony Gilroy, 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.
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Michael Clayton (George Clooney), an attorney with a gambling problem, leaves a late night poker game. He works for the prestigious New York City law firm Kenner, Bach & Ledeen. As the firm's "fixer", Michael's job entails using his connections, influence, and his knowledge of legal loopholes for his clients' (often improprietous) benefit. In an early scene that establishes Michael's role as such, Michael meets with a wealthy client (Denis O'Hare) who has just committed a hit and run. After Michael finishes his business and leaves, he pulls off to the side of the road after some aimless driving. When he leaves his car to admire some horses, it explodes behind him.
The film jumps back to four days earlier. Michael owes $75,000 to loan shark Gabe Zabel (Bill Raymond), due to his failed attempt to open a bar with his brother Timmy (David Lansbury). Michael is then called with the news that one of the firm's leading attorneys, Arthur Edens (Tom Wilkinson), has had a bizarre outburst in the middle of a deposition in Milwaukee involving a class action lawsuit against U-North, an agricultural products conglomerate. Michael arrives to fix the situation. He gets Arthur out of jail and back to their hotel where he is successfully sedated. However, before Michael can escort Arthur back to New York, Arthur escapes from his hotel in the middle of the night.
Karen Crowder (Tilda Swinton), U-North's general counsel, obtains Arthur's briefcase and discovers that he had come into possession of a confidential U-North document detailing the company's decision to manufacture a weed killer that it knew to be carcinogenic. Karen soon learns that Arthur has bipolar disorder and is unwilling to commit himself to a mental health institution. His psychotic episode was the result of his failing to take his medication. She decides to hire two men (Robert Prescott, Terry Serpico) to follow him, including tapping his phone and installing bugs in his apartment. The surveillance collected eventually reveals that Arthur is building a case against his own client, leading Karen to ask the team to permanently incapacitate him. They assassinate Arthur in a manner designed to resemble suicide.
Michael is saddened by the news of Arthur's death, but becomes suspicious upon learning that U-North was planning a settlement just a few days before and that Arthur had booked a flight for one of the plaintiffs, Anna (Merritt Wever). He learns from Anna that she told no one of her conversations with Arthur, not even her attorney, arousing in Michael further suspicion about how his firm came to know of Arthur's conversations with the U-North class members. With the help of his brother-in-law in the police department Michael gets access to Arthur's sealed apartment and discovers a receipt from a copy store. Upon investigation, he discovers that Arthur had ordered three thousand copies of the confidential U-North document. Michael takes a copy with him, but the two hit men are tailing him and inform Karen of the situation. Michael is about to show his boss, Marty Bach (
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