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.

ANOTHER EMPTY HALLWAY. A BANQUET TABLE LITTERED WITH THE

PICKED-OVER REMNANTS OF AN ALL-NIGHT CATERED FEED.

ARTHUR EDENS (V.O.)

-- and that I have been coated with

this patina of shit for the better part

of my life and that the stink and stainmight in all likelihood take the restof my days to undo --

AND NOW -- WIDER TO FIND -- ASSOCIATE #1 WHEELING THE

TROLLEY TOWARD BIG DOORS AT THE END OF THE HALL --

ARTHUR EDEN’S (V.O.)

-- and do you know what I did next?

I took a deep, cleansing breath.

I set that notion aside. I tabled it.

I said to myself, “As clear as this maybe -- as potent as this may feel -- astrue a thing as I believe I havewitnessed here -- I must wait. It must

stand the test of time.”

AN ATTORNEY HUDDLED OVER HIS MOBILE PHONE, SEEING THE KID

COMING, HELPING HIM BY OPENING THE DOORS, as --

ARTHUR EDENS (V.O.)

And, Michael, the time is now.

INT. LAW FIRM CONFERENCE ROOM -- NIGHT

The big room. Bright. Teeming. FORTY PEOPLE jamming anall-night deadline: ATTORNEYS -- PARTNERS AND ASSOCIATES --

PARALEGALS -- ASSISTANTS -- ACCOUNTANTS -- working groupsbunkered around a huge table covered with paperwork andlaptops and coffee mugs. Several document “villages” piledaround the room. The credits have wrapped. Arthur Edens has

stopped talking. And if there’s music, that’s stopped too.

We’re live.

BARRY GRISSOM coming around the table. He’s maybe fifty.

A killer New York lawyer in his prime. Litigator. Senior

partner. Always wrapped a little tight and this moment isno exception -- slowing now and...

BARRY:

(kneeling, whispering)

I’ve got that cunt from the Wall Street

Journal on line eight. I told her youwere in Bermuda, but I’d try to patchyou in...

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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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