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The Insider (1999)

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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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Barbara Wigand (as Hallie Eisenberg)
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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 come out? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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5 November 1999 (USA)  »

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$68,000,000 (estimated)

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$6,712,361 (USA) (7 November 1999)

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$28,965,197 (USA) (23 April 2000)
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Mike Moore, the Attorney General of Mississippi, plays himself for the scenes involving the lawsuit. See more »

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On one occasion when Bergman receives a phone call from Jeffrey Wigand, a crewmember's face is reflected in the window behind him. 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 Don Hewitt and Helen Caperelli coming out of a room to see Mike shouting at Kluster 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...
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References All the President's Men (1976) See more »

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Iguazu
Written and Performed by Gustavo Santaolalla
Courtesy of Nonesuch Records
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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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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