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Michael Clayton

Michael Clayton is a 2007 American legal thriller film written and directed by Tony Gilroy in his feature directorial debut and 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.

Plot

Michael Clayton is a "fixer" for a prestigious New York City law firm, using his connections and knowledge of legal loopholes for clients' benefit. One night he receives a call about a client who was involved in a hit-and-run accident, leaving his high-stakes poker game to attend to the matter. Later he drives into the countryside and in the early morning he suddenly stops to approach a trio of horses in a field, when a bomb detonates in his car parked nearby.

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    award Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress
    contentLocation New York Wisconsin
    director Tony Gilroy
    editor John Gilroy
    genre action drama thriller
    keywords arrest begin board meeting break in build burning car car park cattle prod class action class action lawsuit cleaner conglomerate contract killing covert listening device drug habit fixer follow force forensic evidence general counsel hitman hotel room law firm learn listen loan shark manic episode medical glove meet morning new york city police department new york hilton midtown nypd on retainer one night phone call plaintiff plan poker game police officer retainer agreement suicide trespass unfinished wire
    musicBy James Newton Howard
    nomination Academy Award for Best Actor Academy Award for Best Director Academy Award for Best Original Score Academy Award for Best Picture Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress Academy Award for Best Writing, Original Screenplay BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role BAFTA Award for Best Original Screenplay Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directing – Feature Film Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Drama National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actress Producers Guild of America Award for Best Theatrical Motion Picture Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
    producer Jennifer Fox Kerry Orent Steven Samuels Sydney Pollack
    productionCompany Castle Rock Entertainment Mirage Enterprises Samuels Media Section Eight Productions
    publisher Summit Entertainment Warner Bros. Pictures
    recordedAt New York City
    theme legal legal drama legal thriller narrative