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Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (2003)

Sam Rockwell , Drew Barrymore , George Clooney  |  R |  DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (185 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Sam Rockwell, Drew Barrymore, George Clooney, Julia Roberts, Dick Clark
  • Directors: George Clooney
  • Writers: Charlie Kaufman, Chuck Barris
  • Producers: Amy Minda Cohen, Andrew Lazar, Bob Weinstein, Far Shariat, Gym Hinderer
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Unknown)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Miramax Films
  • DVD Release Date: September 9, 2003
  • Run Time: 113 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (185 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00008XERA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #171,993 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Confessions of a Dangerous Mind" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Feature commentary with Director George Clooney and Cinematographer Newton Thomas Sigel
  • Deleted Scenes with commentary
  • Six Behind the Scene Vignettes
  • Sam Rockwell Screen Test
  • "Gong Show" Acts
  • The Real Chuck Barris Documentary
  • Still Gallery

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George Clooney (OCEAN'S ELEVEN), Drew Barrymore (CHARLIE'S ANGELS: FULL THROTTLE), and Sam Rockwell (THE GREEN MILE), star in the comedy thriller that poses an irresistible question: What would happen if a wildly successful TV producer was also a top-secret CIA assassin? While a maverick creator of America's favorite game shows gains notoriety for his smash television hits, he is also drawn into a shadowy world of danger as a covert government operative! But soon his life begins to spiral out of control -- both of them! Directed by George Clooney and based on Chuck Barris' cult-classic autobiography, with a script by Charlie Kaufman (ADAPTATION), this entertaining hit delivers comedy to keep you laughing . . . and intrigue to keep you guessing!

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58 of 69 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Who's the mole? December 22, 2002
Close on the heels of his ADAPTATION, screenwriter Charlie Kaufman scores again with CONFESSIONS OF A DANGEROUS MIND, based on the (fictional?) autobiography of the same title by Chuck Barris. It's also George Clooney's initial outing as Director.
At the very beginning when the audience sees a bearded and naked Chuck Barris (Sam Rockwell) standing as if in a trance while a frumpy housekeeper vacuums around him, the viewer suspects that the film will be something special, outrageous, or both. This is the starting point for an extended flashback as Barris recalls his young adulthood, when it seemed everybody but him was having sex, to his successful career as a TV game show creator and low-brow polluter of the American airwaves ("The Dating Game", "The Newlywed Game", "The Gong Show"). Pretty standard stuff except that along the way Barris is seduced by a penchant for violence into a double life as a CIA contract killer, and the schizophrenia brought on by his double life almost proves his undoing.
Rockwell is superb in the leading role, as is Director Clooney, who plays his square-jawed, no-nonsense CIA recruiter and control, Jim Byrd. (Byrd to Barris: "Listen, you're thirty-two years old and you've achieved nothing. Jesus Christ was dead and alive again by thirty-three. Better get cracking.") Drew Barrymore does a swell job as Penny, the on-again, off-again love of Chuck's life, but she's deliciously upstaged by Julia Roberts in a new sort of character for her, that of the seductive and deadly femme fatale spy, Patricia. ("Prove how much you love me, baby. Kill for me. Then I'm all yours".) Brad Pitt and Matt Damon have hilarious two-second cameos on stools.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
A movie that combines "Ocean's Eleven" stars and a core storyline from "A Beautiful Mind" with the TV progenitor of Simon Cowell? It seems unlikely, as does much of the book this film's script was based on, yet it all comes together well in a very weird, but hilarious piece of entertainment.

Sam Rockwell is dead-on as game show producer Chuck Barris, who created not only two staples of American television mediocrity (The Dating Game, The Newlywed Game), but also the "American Idol" of the 1970s -- The Gong Show. The only differences between Barris' production and today's "Idol" are that Barris featured ONLY bad wanna-bes, so there were no recording contracts and such offered, and his judges were a lot funnier, as was he. Of course, viewers were different back then, too, in that they didn't know what to make of a show on which struggling "talent" were verbally abused. Today, that's half of Idol's viewership. In any case, Rockwell's portrayal of him is perfect.

Equally good are Drew Barrymore, as Barris' on-again, off-again, on-again love interest, George Clooney as Barris' supposed CIA handler, and fellow assassin Julia Roberts. In fact, Barrymore is considerably better here than in most of her roles. The appearance of Rutger Hauer also made me laugh, especially given the tough guy roles he used to play. And cameos by Brad Pitt and Matt Damon are priceless.

As for the "A Beautiful Mind" reference, Barris' assertion that he served as a CIA assassin during that period is so absurd that it immediately made me think of the Russell Crowe/Jennifer Connelly film's delusional spy sequences.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A dazzling directorial debut from Clooney September 2, 2003
George Clooney is a fine actor and he has done excellent work in the past. However, when I heard that Clooney was going to direct, I was a bit apprehensive. There are actors who have done great work as directors (Orson Welles, Robert Redford, Mel Gibson, Clint Eastwood), yet George Clooney did not strike me as one who would excel as a director. Then along comes Confessions of a Dangerous Mind to convince me otherwise. Working from a screenplay by the always-great Charlie Kaufman (scribe of Adaptation), Clooney has constructed a fabulous film that succeeds in just about every way.
Clooney has the benefit of an intriguing story, based on the book by Gong Show host Chuck Barris, a great script and a fantastic cast. Sam Rockwell is a fine actor, and Confessions is probably his best work to date. Rockwell carries the movie; A daunting task, but he succeeds admirably. He brings humanity and sadness to his character and even makes him somewhat sympathetic. Hopefully he will be getting better and better parts after this one. Drew Barrymore is great as Barris' sort-of girlfriend, Clooney himself appears as the CIA recruiter who's interested in Barris, and Julia Roberts shows up as a fellow operative. George Clooney has learned much from his friend Steven Soderbergh and brings an astute sense of visual style to the film. Clooney really deserves credit for an exceptional filmmaking job.
Whether or not Barris' story is true is really not of concern to me. Even if it's all fiction, then it made for a remarkable story anyway. It will give viewers something to debate after seeing the film. The real Chuck Barris shows up for a cameo at the end, in a very touching and sad moment. Indeed there's a strong element of sadness to the story as Barris realizes what he has been and what he could have been.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Don't pass this one up! Super fun!!
This film is lots of fun, well worth watching. terrific connections with well known television programs that you would recognize, all the actors are believable and connect well... Read more
Published 1 hour ago by Jan W. Yablow
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my top 10 movies! So original!
The story is incredible! i think George Clooney did an amazing job directing this movie and the cinematography was pretty sweet as well.
Published 3 days ago by lindsay mathews
4.0 out of 5 stars True or false? Don't care...
This film left no doubt in my mind that Chuck Barris was one of the most successful schock-hustlers of the 20th century. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Beth Woehrle
4.0 out of 5 stars Quick Review
A man-whore that produces television shows ends up being recruited by the CIA. He life sucks consistently throughout the movie. Oh well.
Published 9 days ago by J. Ward
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining and interesting
A bit slow moving but excellent acting performances and several A-list cameos. Engaging storyline that is convincing. Well made film.
Published 20 days ago by Dave in LA
2.0 out of 5 stars Kind of unusal
Its interesting from the point that it claims to be a true story, but I thought it would have been better considering it has some big name stars such as Julia Roberts and George... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Robert Chaney
4.0 out of 5 stars A Dark,Haunting Well Directed Shocker
As someone who loved and grew up on these shows
and watched Chuck host the Gong Show, this is a shocker
with twists, turns, dark comedy and stays with you. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Juliann Harvey
1.0 out of 5 stars Review not Good
Just didn't like that type of movie. Thought it would be better then it was. Clooney maybe made the movie.
Published 1 month ago by Daun
5.0 out of 5 stars Wild Movie
Wild Ride. Buckle Up your seat belt and get ready for a roller coaster ride. This isn't your standard movie. Read more
Published 2 months ago by A. Tabatabaie
3.0 out of 5 stars I "gong" it
Kind of like the Gong Show - entertaining, but not overly so. At times it seemed like a movie about how "cool" George Clooney is.
Published 2 months ago by millerliteliker
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