Michael Clayton: You are the senior litigating partner of one of the largest, most respected law firms in the world. You are a legend.
Arthur Edens: I'm an accomplice!
Michael Clayton: You're a manic-depressive!
Arthur Edens: I am Shiva, the god of death.

I'm not the guy you kill. I'm the guy you buy off! Are you so blind that you can't see that? I sold out Arthur for 80 grand. I'm your easiest problem and you try to kill me?

Arthur Edens: If you wanted to commit me you should have kept me in Wisconsin where my arrest, the videotape, and the eyewitness statements would have been enough to satisfy jurisdiction. I have no criminal record in the state of New York. And there's only one standard for involuntary commitment: danger. Is the subject a danger to himself or to others. If you want to do this Michael you better have your balls in order because the one place you don't want to see me is in court!

Marty Bach: We've got 600 attorney's here. We've got to find out who's an expert on psyciatric commitment statutes.
Michael Clayton: I can tell you who that is: Arthur.

It's a three year contract, with a confidentiality clause. Bulletproof, retroactive. Because, with everything that you know about people at this place, it's a little unnerving when you march in here and ask for 80,000 dollars.

Barry Grissom

You're my meal ticket Marty. If you leave it's just me and Barry in a room and I'm trying to explain what the hell it is I do around here.

You're so fucked. Here let me get a picture while I'm at it.

Michael Clayton: There's no play here. There's no angle. There's no champagne room. I'm not a miracle worker, I'm a janitor. The math on this is simple. The smaller the mess the easier it is for me to clean up.
Mr. Greer: [points to the phone] That's the police isn't it?
Michael Clayton: No. They don't call.

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I'm not the guy you kill. I'm the guy you buy off! Are you so blind that you can't see that? I sold out Arthur for 80 grand. I'm your easiest problem and you try to kill me?

Michael Clayton

Michael Clayton: You are the senior litigating partner of one of the largest, most respected law firms in the world. You are a legend.
Arthur Edens: I'm an accomplice!
Michael Clayton: You're a manic-depressive!
Arthur Edens: I am Shiva, the god of death.

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John Grisham is kicking himself ... for not writing this. A slow-moving but outstanding legal suspense film, Michael Clayton somehow...

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