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George Clooney's directorial debut is based on the book by Gong Show host, Chuck Barris. However, the book and film's premise is that not only did Barris (Sam Rockwell) create and produce several TV gameshows during the 1960s and '70s, but that he was also a hitman for the CIA. Initially Barris is not a hit with the ladies, or television studios, but his idea of a gameshow called The Dating Game quickly changes things, he meets the love of his life (Drew Barrymore) and, after being recruited by the CIA agent Jim Byrd (Clooney), uses the cover of The Dating Game to assassinate undesirables around the world. But with the KGB onto him, and his life in danger, Barris decides to lock himself away from everyone until he can work out who the mole is. Watch out for some well-known faces including Clooney, who plays Barris's main CIA contact, Julia Roberts, Brad Pitt and several Gong Show regulars.

Product Details

Barcode
5060223762616
Department
Movies & TV
Released
14 Nov 2011
Type
Movies
Format
Blu-ray
Genre
Thriller
Region
Region B
Language
English
Studio
Miramax
Extras
  • Interactive Menus
  • Bonus Footage
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Commentary: George Clooney (Director), Newton Thomas Sigel (Cinematographer)
  • Other Documentary: 'The Real Chuck Barris'
Runtime
109 min
Age Restriction
15
Supply Source
UK

Movie

Title
Confessions of a Dangerous Mind
Release Year
2002
Language
English
Categories
Comedies / Assassins / Biographical / Black Comedy / CIA / Killer / Live-Action / Television Personalities / Theatrical Release
Ratings
IMDb
7.1
Rotten Tomatoes®
79% 75%
Metacritic
67
Synopsis
George Clooney makes his directorial debut with this frenetic, visually dazzling black comedy. Based on notorious television producer Chuck Barris' "unauthorized autobiography," Clooney's film reinforces Barris' outlandish claim that he lived a secret life as a hitman for the CIA. Sam Rockwell stars as Barris, a fresh-faced dreamer who moves to New York to find success in television. Pretty soon, he's written a hit song ("Palisades Park"), has shacked up with the ultra-peppy Penny (Drew Barrymore), and has his first successful game show, THE DATING GAME. But as if that weren't enough excitement, he is soon recruited by CIA Special Agent Jim Byrd (Clooney) to become a hired killer for the federal government. As Barris' subsequent shows (THE NEWLYWED GAME, THE GONG SHOW) take off, the conflicted producer uses them as a front for his undercover job, chaperoning winning couples all over the world while performing his deadly duties after hours. Along the way, he meets a shady cast of characters--including a sultry assassin (Julia Roberts)--who threatens to blow his cover and ruin his television career forever. Adapted by the daring and mischievous Charlie Kaufman, Clooney's film features yet another electrifying performance from Rockwell (LAWN DOGS, SAFE MEN).
Notes
Theatrical release: December 31, 2002 (LIMITED)
Poster
Poster for Confessions of a Dangerous Mind
Cast & Crew
Director
George Clooney / Steven Soderbergh
Star
George Clooney / Julia Roberts / Maggie Gyllenhaal / Rutger Hauer / Drew Barrymore / Sam Rockwell
Screenwriter
Charlie Kaufman
Source Writer
Chuck Barris / Author: Chuck Barris
Composer
Alex Wurman
Producer
Andrew Lazar
Director of Photography
Newton Thomas Sigel
Cameo
Matt Damon / Brad Pitt
Movie Critics
Box Office
"...George Clooney's assured directorial debut spins this bizarre premise into one of the year's most weirdly engaging and unpredictable character pieces..."
Michael Tunison (1 Mar 2003, p.59)
Entertainment Weekly
"...Sharp, funny, unreasonably compelling..."
Owen Gleiberman (10 Jan 2003, p.49)
Movieline's Hollywood Life
"...MIND is cutting, bold and ultimately puppy-dog eyed..."
David Templeton (1 Sep 2003, p.118)
Rolling Stone
"...Clooney fashions a style all his own: visceral, vital and churning with off-the-wall ideas....You can feel his joy in it..."
Peter Travers (6 Feb 2003, p.67)
Sight and Sound
"...Sam Rockwell gives a finely modulated performance of perpetually shifting nuance....Clooney responds to the challenges of the script by giving the film swagger and verve..."
Mark Olsen (1 Mar 2003, p.36-7)
Uncut
"Slick, entertaining debut from first-time director George Clooney..."
Chris Roberts (1 Jan 2004, p.142)
USA Today
"...It is a mesmerizing movie....There is some inspired and innovative camerawork and nimble editing in CONFESSIONS..."
Claudia Puig (31 Dec 2002, p.6D)
Variety
"...A powerful and creative film....Rockwell displays a virtuoso's range of emotions and states of mind with a keen instinct for going against expectation..."
Robert Koehler (2 Dec 2002, p.39)