Confessions of a Dangerous Mind

July 8, 2003

Confessions of a Dangerous Mind

Director – George ClooneyRated: MA

In Cinemas July 17

Television made him famous, but his biggest hits happened off screen.

“My name is Charles Hirsch Barris. I have written pop songs, I have been a television producer. I’m responsible for polluting the airwaves with mind-numbing puerile entertainment. In addition. I have murdered thirty-three human beings.”

Confessions of a Dangerous Mind is the story of a legendary showman’s double life – television producer by day, CIA assassin by night.

Young, energetic, and focused on a top career in the increasingly popular genre of TV game shows, Chuck Barris finds himself being followed by a suspicious character who quickly lures him into a secretive and dangerous world: that of a CIA operative. While Barris gains notoriety as a dynamic television producer – creating such innovative and popular game shows as The Newly Wed’s Game and the self-hosted The Gong Show

his alter ego regularly executes assassinations for the United States government. As ratings rise, Barris even manages to incorporates his shows into his secret life. Winning couples on The Dating Game find themselves shipped off to such unlikely destinations as Helsinki or West Berlin for their dream dates. It isn’t Paris but it provides chaperone Barris with a cover for his covert missions.As Barris basks in the glamour of his two worlds – entertainment and espionage – his life begins to spiral out of control. He is torn between the woman who loves him and the mysterious woman of his fantasies. He receives mass criticism from the public who accuse him of contaminating the airwaves and he finds himself marked for death by a traitor operative.

Barris must regain control of his life. Both of them.

Sam Rockwell is absolutely brilliant playing the lead role of Chuck Barris. For those of you who are new to Sam he also appeared in Heist and Charlie’s Angels to name a few. He has appeared on TV with credits including NYPD Blue, Law and Order, and The Equalizer. Although you’ll just hate his slimy, cheating character you’ll end up rooting for him.

The script, written by Charlie Kaufman encompasses some pretty juicy themes, TV, the CIA and Sex and the story is given a touch of documentary via constant cutting back to the comments characters who lived and worked with Chuck Barris.

Confessions of a Dangerous Mind will make you laugh, and squirm in your seat. Don’t miss it.

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