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The Insider (1999)

R  |   |  Biography, Drama, Thriller  |  5 November 1999 (USA)
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A research chemist comes under personal and professional attack when he decides to appear in a "60 Minutes" expose on Big Tobacco.



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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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

5 November 1999 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

60 Minutes  »

Box Office


$90,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$6,712,361 (USA) (5 November 1999)


$28,965,197 (USA) (21 April 2000)

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Did You Know?


The outside of the Pascagoula courthouse shown early in the film is not the actual location where events took place. The real courthouse in Downtown Pascagoula was being remodeled during filming and the temporary courthouse was a re-purposed old grocery store on Market Street, which has since been demolished and replaced by storage units. It's the door of the temporary courthouse shown in closeup as they are entering. See more »


When Wigand is returning from Mississippi, his car is shown passing a highway sign saying "Louisville" via Indiana state highway 31, which runs through southern Indiana. Since Louisville's airport is not in Indiana, there would be no reason for Wigand to be southbound in Indiana heading for Kentucky. See more »


Jeffrey Wigand: So, what you're saying is it wasn't enough to fire me for no good reason. Now you question my integrity? On top of the humiliation of being fired, you threaten me? You threaten my family? It never crossed my mind not to honor my agreement. And I will tell you, Mr. Sandefur... and Brown & Williamson too - fuck me? Well, fuck you!
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References Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) See more »


Safe from Harm
(Perfecto Mix)
Written by Bill Cobham (as Billy Cobham), Robert del Naja (as Robert Del Naja),
Grant Marshall (as Grantley Marshall), Shara Nelson and Mushroom Vowles (as Andrew Vowles)
Performed by Massive Attack
Courtesy of Circa Records, Ltd./Virgin Records America, Inc.
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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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