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Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (2002)

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An adaptation of the cult memoir of game show impresario Chuck Barris, in which he purports to have been a CIA hitman.

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George Clooney

Writers:

Chuck Barris (book), Charlie Kaufman (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dick Clark ... Himself
Sam Rockwell ... Chuck Barris
Michelle Sweeney Michelle Sweeney ... J. Sweeney
Drew Barrymore ... Penny
Chelsea Ceci Chelsea Ceci ... Tuvia, Age 8
Michael Cera ... Chuck Age 8 and 11 (as Michael Céra)
Aimee Rose Ambroziak ... Chuck's Date #1
Isabelle Blais ... Chuck's Date #2
Melissa Carter 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)
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Storyline

Television made him famous, but his biggest hits happened off screen. "Confessions of a Dangerous Mind" is the story of a legendary showman's double life - television producer by day, CIA assassin by night. At the height of his TV career, Chuck Barris was recruited by the CIA and trained to become a covert operative. Or so Barris said. Written by Anonymous

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When you lead two different lives, it's easy to forget what side you're on. See more »


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Rated R for language, sexual content and violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

24 January 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Confesiones de una mente peligrosa See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$87,199, 5 January 2003

Gross USA:

$16,007,718

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$33,013,805
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

After his training, Chuck says goodbye to "Jack" and "Lee." Considering popular conspiracy theories regarding the John F. Kennedy Assassination, this is clearly a tongue-in-cheek reference to Jack Ruby and Lee Harvey Oswald. See more »

Goofs

When Chuck Barris meets Penny Pacino, they drink Rolling Rock from clear bottles. Rolling Rock has always come in green bottles. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Dick Clark: I wouldn't want to live his life because he hasn't been happy all of his life. All I think is if you can find work, stay healthy, find somebody to share it with, you're the ultimate success. He's had some of the pieces of the puzzle, but not all of them.
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Connections

References How's Your Mother-in-Law? (1967) See more »

Soundtracks

Palisades Park
Written by Chuck Barris
Performed by Freddie Cannon
Used Courtesy of Freddy Cannon
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Clooney has a promising future in film direction
24 September 2003 | by zetesSee all my reviews

It should be absolutely awful. Who really wants to see a filmed version of the masturbational journals of an idiot like Chuck Barris? Actually, I'd forgive him for The Gong Show and the $1.98 Beauty Show. I've seen them both, and they're somewhat entertaining. I couldn't forgive him for writing such a pointless book as Confessions of a Dangerous Mind. So it is an enormous credit to George Clooney, making his directorial debut, that he keeps this film as good as it is throughout its entire run. I can't believe Charlie Kaufman could have written this alongside Being John Malkovich and Adaptation. It's a junky script desperately groping for profundity and/or sympathy for its lame central character. There are only a few moments of worthwhile humor. I especially like the annoying Dating Game contestant who wants Chuck to make the girl like him more. The acting is pretty good, too. Drew Barrymore, whom I don't care too much for, gives one of her best performances. I also liked Clooney himself, in an emotionless role that works well for him. Julia Roberts makes a nice visual impression, but the script didn't provide her character with any interest whatsoever. The cinematography is very beautiful, as well. But, like I said, the film belongs to Clooney and his stylish direction. Clooney often gets a bad rap for his acting, and, a lot of the time, I have to agree. So maybe he'll continue along this line and, with a better script, make a great film. 6/10.


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