Director: Tony Gilroy Cast: George Clooney, Tom Wilkinson, Denis O’Hare, Tilda Swinton, Michael O’Keefe, Sydney Pollack, Julie White, Austin Williams, Jennifer Van Dyck, Frank Wood, Douglas McGrath, Tom McCarthy, Merritt Weaver
Academy Awards: Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Tilda Swinton)
Also Nominated For: Best Picture; Best Actor in a Leading Role (George Clooney); Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Tom Wilkinson); Best Director (Tony Gilroy); Best Original Screenplay (Tony Gilroy); Best Original Score (James Newton Howard)
I First Saw In: 2015
Synopsis: 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.
Quotables: ARTHUR EDENS: I said to myself as clear as this may be, as potent a feeling as this is, as true a thing as I believe that I have witnessed today, it must wait. It must stand the test of time. And Michael, the time is now.
And now a Word from the Guise:
I don’t know what to think of this movie. It sparks intrigue with its vagueness, presenting mysteries and questions that need answering, but it never answers them. So I don’t know if we were meant to know the answers and Gilroy failed to illuminate, or if he simply meant to tell a story of corporate corruption and cover-up. The acting is excellent, particularly from Wilkinson and Swinton.
Oscar Madness Ranking – ??? out of 233