Michael Clayton script
Synopsis: Former prosecutor Michael Clayton (George Clooney) works as a "fixer" at the corporate law firm of Kenner, Bach and Ledeen, and takes care of his employer's dirty work. Burned out and deep in debt, he is bound tightly to the firm. Clayton faces the biggest challenge of his career when a guilt-ridden attorney (Tom Wilkinson) has a breakdown during a huge class-action lawsuit.

jabbering -- and this poor young woman

is screaming -- traffic speeding toward

us -- I looked at my hands and my suit

-- my briefcase -- and it came to me --

overwhelming sensation -- the feeling --

the fact -- that I was covered with

came over me -- through me -- the

some sort of film -- an oil -- an ooze

-- my hair -- my face -- like a glaze --

a coating -- and at first I thought,

“My God, I know what this is, this issome sort of amniotic, embryonic fluid

-I’m drenched in afterbirth -- I’ve

breached the chrysalis -- I’ve beenreborn.” --

ASSOCIATE #1 WHEELING THAT DOCUMENT TROLLEY PAST AN EMPTY

BACK OFFICE KITCHEN.

ARTHUR EDENS (V.O.)

-- but the traffic -- this stampede --

cars -- trucks -- the horns -- the

screaming associate -- I’m thinking,

“No -- reset -- this cannot be rebirth.

If anything, this must some giddyillusion of renewal that happens in thefinal instant before death.” -

A MAINTENANCE WORKER VACUUMING A LARGE RECEPTION STAIRCASE.

ARTHUR EDENS (V.O.)

-- and then -- in the fraction of a

moment it took for that idea to form --

I realized all of that was wrong,

because I looked back at the buildingand had the most stunning moment ofclarity...

THE WORD PROCESSING DEPARTMENT. TWENTY PEOPLE -- ACTORS,

DANCERS, ARTISTS, INSOMNIACS -- THE GRAVEYARD SHIFT

HAMMERING OUT OVERNIGHT LEGAL PAPERWORK.

ARTHUR EDENS (V.O.)

...I realized, Michael, at that moment,

that I had emerged -- as I have donenearly every day for the past twenty-

eight years of my life -- not throughdoors of Kenner, Bach & Ledeen -

RECEPTION LOBBY. ASSOCIATE #1 WHEELING THE TROLLEY OFF

THE ELEVATOR.

ARTHUR EDENS (V.O.)

--not through the portals of our hugeand powerful law firm, but rather fromthe asshole of an organism whose sole

function is to excrete the poison --

the ammo -- the defoliant -- necessaryfor even larger and more dangerousorganisms to destroy the miracle ofhumanity --

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Tony Gilroy

Anthony Joseph "Tony" Gilroy is an American screenwriter and filmmaker. He wrote the screenplays for the Bourne series starring Matt Damon, among other successful films, and directed the fourth film of the franchise. more…

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