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Balls-out "60 Minutes" producer Lowell Bergman sniffs a story when a former research biologist for Brown & Williamson, Jeff Wigand, won't talk to him. When the company leans hard on Wigand to honor a confidentiality agreement, he gets his back up. Trusting Bergman and despite a crumbling marriage, he goes on camera for a Mike Wallace interview and risks arrest for contempt of court. Westinghouse is negotiating to buy CBS, so CBS attorneys advise CBS News to shelve the interview and avoid a lawsuit. "60 Minutes" and CBS News bosses cave, Wigand is hung out to dry, Bergman is compromised, and the CEOs of Big Tobacco may get away with perjury. Will the truth out? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Two men driven to tell the truth... whatever the cost. See more »


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Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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5 November 1999 (USA)  »

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$90,000,000 (estimated)

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£437,078 (UK) (10 March 2000)

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$28,965,197 (USA) (21 April 2000)
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The real Jeffrey Wigand asked for two concessions from the filmmakers: that they change the names of his daughters, and that there be no smoking anywhere in the film. Both requests were granted (except for the three small instances previously mentioned). See more »

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CBS building in New York, which is at 51 West 52 Street, corner of 6th Avenue - when Bergman looks out of the window, Central Park is to the side of the office, making the building on Madison Avenue or even east of that; if he was on 6th Avenue the park would be straight ahead. See more »

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Mike Wallace: [after watching a preview of the "60 Minutes" Wigand interview that has been edited] Where's the rest? Where the hell's the rest?
[we see Lowell turning to see Mike shouting at the monitors in disbelief]
Mike Wallace: [to Eric Kluster] You cut it! You cut the guts out of what I SAID!
Eric Kluster: It was a time consideration, Mike.
Mike Wallace: Time? Bullshit! You corporate lackey! Who told you your incompetent little fingers had the requisite skills to edit me! I'm trying to band-aid a situation, here, and you're too dim to...
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References Saving Private Ryan (1998) See more »

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Written and Performed by Arvo Pärt
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Crowe and Pacino together
9 July 2003 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Forget Russell Crowe's performance by numbers in 'Gladiator' (good though that film was), and enjoy his acting talent here alongside Al Pacino. Both men give inspired and classy masterclasses in how to put a character across. 'The Insider' is unusual, it is long and wordy (not often the case in modern movies), it has a superb soundtrack - 'Sacrifice', in particular - and it makes you involved, makes you care.

Curious, then, that a Roman epic outshone it. A good epic, but not in the same class.


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