CONFESSIONS OF A DANGEROUS MIND

BY CHRISTOPHER HASKELL
SEPTEMBER 7, 2013

Sam Rockwell has a way with flawed anti-heroes, and his performance in “Confessions of a Dangerous Mind” is a prime example of that. Directed by and starring George Clooney, “Confessions” follows the autobiographical (and somewhat contested) true-to-life story of Chuck Barris, best known for developing the concept for The Dating Game and The Newlywed Game. Barris’s life comes into question whether or not he was secretly a CIA agent on the side of being a television producer and songwriter. The film unfolds this story, with Rockwell playing Barris, right before our eyes, mixing in real-life interviews with people that knew Barris, like Dick Clark and Dating Game host Jim Lange.

The ethereal Charlie Kaufman, working off the real-life memoir of Chuck Barris, writes “Confessions,” which spans most of one man’s entire adult life and, unforgettably so, speaks with such a distinct tongue. Drew Barrymore and Julia Roberts offer excellent performances, bringing to life these somewhat unbelievable women with a grace that forces you to take them seriously. You look forward to Barrymore’s presence, as she garners a strong presence and healthy sexuality that radiates in every scene. Rockwell, however, is the mysterious force of the film that creates both a harmonious and melancholy appearance all at the same time. He’s a playboy, but a drifter, a cold-blooded killer yet an enthusiastic game show host. Rockwell covers all these bases with ease and continuously impresses. Whether or not the real-life Chuck Barris is speaking the truth does not change the fact that his life makes for an entertaining ride in “Confessions of a Dangerous Mind,” and Clooney does an expert job at delivering this strange story to the big screen.

RELEASE DATE
August 15, 2003

DIRECTOR
George Clooney

WRITTEN BY
Charlie Kaufman

BASED ON
“Confessions of a Dangerous Mind”
by Chuck Barris

STUDIO
Miramax

R
(for language, sexual content and violence)

BIOGRAPHY
COMEDY
CRIME
DRAMA
ROMANCE
THRILLER

113 minutes

CINEMATOGRAPHER
Newton Thomas Sigel

COMPOSER
Alex Wurman

EDITOR
Stephen Mirrione

CAST
Drew Barrymore
George Clooney
Julia Roberts
Sam Rockwell
Rutger Hauer
Dick Clark
Maggie Gyllenhaal
Michael Cera
Fred Savage
Artie Lange
Matt Damon
Richard Kind

PRODUCED BY
Andrew Lazar

BUDGET
$30 million

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