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View Poll Results: What movie helped legitamized Clooney's career?
Out of Sight 77 45.03%
Three Kings 35 20.47%
Oh, Brother Where Art Thou? 27 15.79%
The Perfect Storm 11 6.43%
Solaris 3 1.75%
Ocean's Eleven 4 2.34%
Confessions of a Dangerous Mind 3 1.75%
Good Night and Good Luck 3 1.75%
Syriana 2 1.17%
Other 6 3.51%
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Old 10-05-07, 02:48 PM   #26
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It's always been Oh, Brother to me. Oddly enough, I was thinking about this very topic just a few days ago. I don't know why, but I saw that little something extra in him as an actor in Oh, Brother.
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Old 10-05-07, 04:10 PM   #27
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From Dusk til dawn is by far my favorite George Clooney movie, but Three Kings follows right behind it. Great movie!!
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Old 10-05-07, 04:31 PM   #28
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I wish he had played Batman like he played the guy in From Dusk Til Dawn.

That would have been great. Batman as a total badass.
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Old 10-05-07, 07:35 PM   #29
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wow.i can't believe iam the only one who voted for Good Night and Good Luck.
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Old 10-05-07, 08:19 PM   #30
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Old 10-05-07, 08:42 PM   #31
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Goof Night and Good Luck is my favorite movie of his. But I think He established himself with Three kings. Then made it really bug with Oh Brother.
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Old 10-05-07, 08:50 PM   #32
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Old 10-06-07, 09:06 AM   #33
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I picked O Brother only because it's the only performance he's given to date where he doesn't play George Clooney.
I think his most out-of-character role is in Solaris (which I also think is a very psychologically deep and underrated film), but his legitimizing role was probably Out of Sight.
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Old 10-06-07, 10:27 AM   #34
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I’m going old school & I’ll say Roseanne legitimized him as a star.

J/K, he was pretty rough in the first season (his only, made a guest appearance later in the series) on Roseanne & he didn’t really impress me until ER. I think ER legitimized him an exceptionally good actor & I still think that he put on the best performance in the first five seasons of ER. Although, I did find Anthony Edwards’s performance a tad more impressive than Clooney’s & I thought Dr. Greene was a more emotionally powerful, more complete character, than Dr. Ross.

In terms of his film career, The Perfect Storm & O Brother, Where Art Thou? Were the first two movies that legitimized his film career. Ocean’s Eleven just reaffirmed that he’s a legitimate film star.

Some of Clooney’s newer projects have been hit or miss. I mean, he’s been good in all of them but him, Matt Damon & Mr. Pitt are getting way to political for my tastes & I’m starting (besides the Ocean’s series) to worry that we’ll never see Clooney in fun films like, O Brother, Where Art Thou? again.

Good Night, and Good Luck is my favorite (newer) Clooney movie & it was a subject that I had a lot of interest in & I was so pleased at the out come of the film. I’m still not really sure if I like Syriana or not.

Looking forward too seeing, Burning After Reading & White Jazz.
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Old 10-06-07, 11:08 AM   #35
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Old 10-06-07, 12:16 PM   #36
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I love Out Of Sight, but don't forget the movie tanked when it came out and it had still been only a year since Crapman & Robin.

Three Kings on the other hand was a box office hit, a critical favorite, and 2 1/2 years removed from Crapman. That's the movie that legitimized his film career.

The Perfect Storm, O Brother, Where Art Thou?, and Ocean's 11 legitimized his box office power(we'll overlook the Solaris tankjob).

And yes, one cannot ignore how his anti-Bush/GOP rantings have made him beloved within the Hollywood community. That had just as much to do with his Oscar nominations and victory last year as did the actual writing/directing/acting.
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Old 10-06-07, 09:51 PM   #37
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And yes, one cannot ignore how his anti-Bush/GOP rantings have made him beloved within the Hollywood community. That had just as much to do with his Oscar nominations and victory last year as did the actual writing/directing/acting.
I agree. He got that Oscar as soon as he signed on for that movie.

I think he's turned in some great performances and did a real good directing job in Good night and good luck but I don't think he has the acting chops worthy of an Oscar.
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Old 10-06-07, 11:14 PM   #38
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I agree. He got that Oscar as soon as he signed on for that movie.

I think he's turned in some great performances and did a real good directing job in Good night and good luck but I don't think he has the acting chops worthy of an Oscar.
Bill O'Reilly had made that prediction too.
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Old 10-07-07, 12:40 AM   #39
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George Clooney is not a great actor. I like some of his movies and he seems to be a likable guy and but he's pretty average in terms of acting talent.

That said, he is unquestionably a superstar and I happen to agree with a lot of his political viewpoints ... I just wish he was a better actor.
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Old 10-07-07, 01:09 AM   #40
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"Batman & Robin" tanked, but Clooney made a fortune on the merchandising. I remember reading an interview where he said that's when his accountant told him he never had to take a movie for the money ever again, so he started using his name recognition to get movies made that he was enthusiastic about. Not long after that he made "Out of Sight." It may not have been a box office success, but it got great reviews and made a lot of people start thinking differently about what Clooney was capable of.

So, my vote is for "Out of Sight."
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Old 10-07-07, 09:25 AM   #41
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George Clooney somehow became one of my fave actors. I even liked that Coen Bros movie he did with Catherine Zeta Jones.
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Old 10-07-07, 10:11 AM   #42
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Probably when he admitted how crappy Batman & Robin was.
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Old 10-07-07, 10:38 AM   #43
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I hated the movie but it was most definitely Out Of Sight.
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Old 10-07-07, 02:58 PM   #44
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I'd say it was a toss-up between OOS and TK. I seem to remember alot of praise going around Out Of Sight. I know Three Kings was very well received.

For me personally, I've always dug him. Liked him on ER and loved (and somewhat surprised at) his performance in From Dusk Till Dawn. That movie pretty much cemented me as a big fan of his. He's a throwback. He's old Hollywood.

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Old 10-07-07, 06:16 PM   #45
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i voted 'Solaris'...

but i am biased about that film...

'Columbo' could probably guess why...

some good points have been made about 'Out Of Sight'...
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Old 10-07-07, 10:07 PM   #46
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O' Brother.

That's my pick.
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Old 10-08-07, 11:33 AM   #47
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You know, I wish The Peacemaker got a little more respect. I'm the only person I know who likes that movie

It has the single-best action movie "thing" I've ever seen: after a big car chase, the bad guys car is wrecked. Instead of driving away from them, Clooney gets out of his car, walks over and shoots the bad guys. It's the calm, cold way he does it that really strikes me.

I just enjoy the hell out of that flick, but to answer the OP, I think it was Out of Sight as well. Not only was it a great flick, but he was the epitome of "cool".
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Old 10-08-07, 12:15 PM   #48
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I voted for O Brother, because that's what legitimized him in my book. Kind of like what Fight Club did for Brad Pitt.
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Old 10-08-07, 01:16 PM   #49
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I actually thought ER legitimized him. The problem was he made stuff like Peacemarker. I think Out of Sight is the most important movie of his career because it started his relationship with Soderbergh.
I'd agree with this. I think Clooney would have kept making movies no matter what, I mean hell Angelina Jolie's career certainly isn't littered with hits and she's a star. Clooney was already big through ER, but Out of Sight was his first better than average film and made that bond with Soderburgh which basically led to Ocean's 11, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, and eventually stuff like Good Night, Good Luck. It changed hm from being a star simply appearing in major movies to being a star appearing in interesting movies.

Of course I've read that Clooney re-evaluated his movie choices after the Batman and Robin fiasco, and you could argue that Batman and Robin really changed him to what he is today through its failures.
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Old 10-08-07, 04:02 PM   #50
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Whichever movie it was in which he finally figured out that he could act WITHOUT tilting his head down.
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