2002   USA Confessions of a Dangerous Mind
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Director:George Clooney
Studio:Miramax
Writer:Chuck Barris, Charlie Kaufman
IMDb Rating:7.1 (41,016 votes)
Awards:7 wins & 7 nominations
Genre:Biography, Comedy, Thriller
Duration:114 min
Languages:English
IMDb:0270288
Amazon:B00008XERA
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George Clooney  ...  (Director)
Chuck Barris, Charlie Kaufman  ...  (Writer)
 
Drew Barrymore  ...  Penny
Isabelle Blais  ...  Chuck's Date #2
Melissa Carter (IV)  ...  
Chelsea Ceci  ...  Tuvia, Age 8
Michael Cera  ...  Chuck, Age 8 and 11 (as Michael Céra)
Dick Clark  ...  Himself
Sam Rockwell  ...  Chuck Barris
Michelle Sweeney  ...  J. Sweeney
Aimee Rose Ambroziak  ...  Chuck's Date #1
Melissa Carter  ...  Chuck's Date #3
Jennifer Hall  ...  Georgia
Ilona Elkin  ...  Georgia's Girlfriend
Sean Tucker  ...  Barfly
Jaye P. Morgan  ...  Herself
Maggie Gyllenhaal  ...  Debbie
David Julian Hirsh  ...  Freddie Cannon (as David Hirsh)
Newton Thomas Sigel  ...  Cinematographer
Alex Wurman  ...  Composer
Stephen Mirrione  ...  Editor
Summary: The memoirs of game-show creator-host Chuck Barris (the man responsible for The Newlywed Game and The Gong Show) are the inspiration for this sneaky biopic, which not only covers Barris's television career, but also his exploits--unsubstantiated, but also not disproved--as a government assassin. As Barris, Sam Rockwell gives a gutsy, manic-depressive, warts-and-all performance, depicting how Barris cheated repeatedly on his longtime girlfriend Penny (Drew Barrymore), was recruited into the CIA by a stone-faced agent (George Clooney, who also makes a stylish directorial debut), created some of the most popular yet reviled TV shows of the 1970s and '80s, and had a torrid affair with a mysterious, beautiful operative (Julia Roberts). For a screenplay by Charlie Kaufman (Being John Malkovich, Adaptation), Confessions of a Dangerous Mind is pretty straightforward, letting Barris's fevered brain speak for itself. The result manages to be lurid, comic, and oddly philosophical. --Bret Fetzer


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