Michael Clayton

R | 119 min
Genre: Crime
Release date: October 5th, 2007
Director: Tony Gilroy
Writer: Tony Gilroy
Cast: Tom Wilkinson, Michael O’Keefe, Sydney Pollack, Danielle Skraastad, Tilda Swinton, George Clooney
Official site: michaelclayton.com

Michael Clayton (George Clooney) is an in-house “fixer” at one of the largest corporate law firms in New York. A former criminal prosecutor, Clayton takes care of Kenner, Bach & Ledeen’s dirtiest work at the behest of the firm’s co-founder Marty Bach (Sydney Pollack). Though burned out and hardly content with his job as a fixer, his divorce, a failed business venture and mounting debt have left Clayton inextricably tied to the firm. At U/North, meanwhile, the career of litigator Karen Crowder (Tilda Swinton) rests on the multi-million dollar settlement of a class action suit that Clayton’s firm is leading to a seemingly successful conclusion. But when Kenner Bach’s brilliant and guilt-ridden attorney Arthur Edens (Tom Wilkinson) sabotages the U/North case, Clayton faces the biggest challenge of his career and his life.


  • 80th Academy Awards (Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences)
    • Best Supporting Actress (Tilda Swinton)
  • British Academy of Film and Television Arts
    • Best Supporting Actress (Tilda Swinton)
  • Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Awards
    • Best Supporting Actress (Tilda Swinton)
  • Kansas City Film Critics Circle Award
    • Best Supporting Actress (Tilda Swinton)
  • Vancouver Film Critics Circle Award
    • Best Supporting Actress (Tilda Swinton)
  • National Board of Review
    • Best Actor (George Clooney)
  • San Francisco Film Critics Circle
    • Best Actor (George Clooney)
  • Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association
    • Best Actor (George Clooney)
  • Satellite Award
    • Best Supporting Actor-Drama (Tom Wilkinson)
  • London Film Critics Association
    • Best British Actor of the year (Tom Wilkinson)
  • Edgar Award
    • Best Motion Picture Screenplay