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In a word: amazing!

Author: wishkah7 from Brooklyn, NY. (Where I'm from originally.)
1 November 2000

This movie tells the true story of Lowell Burgman, a 60 Minutes producer who has his work cut out for him when he has interviews. He also interviewed Russell Crowe's character who happened to work for the tabacco industry and how their relationship grew into a media blitz. I won't reveal much.

I especially enjoyed Christopher Plummer's performance as Mike Wallace. Michael Mann did a brilliant job directing this movie about exposing the naked truth about the tabacco industry and so forth. Even though this movie was based on a true story, some parts were fictionalized. But it's still an excellent movie that's worth checking out.

What this movie boiled down to was exposing the truth can indeed be dangerous sometimes. If you're in the mood for a drama that's also based on actual events, this is the movie for you. :)

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Powerful

Author: Joshua Bozeman from Evansville, Indiana
28 October 2000

We all know the tobacco companies are made up of a bunch of scumbags who care about nothing but money, but this movie just blows your mind. Crowe is a former scientist, Jeffrey Wigand, who worked with a top tobacco company to increase the potency of nicotine in cigarettes. He quit the job, feeling somewhat guilty for his work, and this sets off a chain of events. He goes semi- public with his story to CBS News' 60 Minutes. Al Pacino plays a hard edged producer who does all he can to get the story aired...but due to fear of a lawsuit CBS cuts the story. This is a fabulous story about the corruption and evil of corporate America, and the triumph of good over evil. Pacino is brilliant as usual, and Crowe is great too. The look of the film sets the mood for the film perfectly. Music and periods of silent add to the drama that the story itself brings to the film. It's a great film with some great characters, and some even greater acting. Tho the story is true, it clearly says in the credits that some parts were fictionalized to add dramatic effect...and drama there is. It's brilliantly shot and put together, and I'd definitely give it a 10 out of 10.

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It should've won

10/10
Author: Sherlock Jr. from USA
21 October 2000

American Beauty was a great film, but The Insider should've won best picture, best director, best cinematography & best actor. Everyone gives perfect performances. Al Pacino & Russell Crowe give performances of a lifetime. The script is perfect. Michael Mann's direction is nothing less than perfection. And the cinematography is beauty. The suspense is mind breaking. This is a movie that will leave you talking about it for days to come. A piece of cinema history. A new classic that will live on for generations to come. 10 out of 10

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Stunning and Impressive.

Author: movie_maniac_mike from New Zealand
2 October 2000

**********THE INSIDER**********

The Plot: 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's hung out to dry, Bergman is compromised, and the CEOs of Big Tobacco may get away with perjury. Can the truth will out? 70%

The Acting: The Insider has a brilliant cast, everyone is well chosen for the role, and they all pull off stunning performances. Russell Crowe is believable and touching and Wigand, he earned his Academy Award Nomination. Crusty wise guy Al Pacino is also excellent, he deserves praise for his role. The supporting cast which includes Marie Kate Eisenberg, Christopher Plummer, Philip Baker Hall and Diane Venora are also very convincing. 87%

The Screenplay/Directing: Michael Mann, the director/writer of 1995 smash-hit Heat, again comes up with another awesome screenplay, co-written by the stunningly impressive Eric Roth. His direction skills once again shine, and you can tell Mann will be a big hit in the future. 84%

Other: The Insider also has stunningly lovely music, great sound and some really nice cinematography. 66%

Overall: The Insider is another stunning 1999 drama. It deserves all the praise it can get, and more. It is a truly beautiful, nail-biter of a true story worked to almost-perfection. 83%

**********THE INSIDER 83%**********

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CBS be ashamed, Be very ashamed

9/10
Author: ttbrowne from Oklahoma
30 September 2000

Great movie with solid performances by everybody. Yeah, It moves a little slow, But so does real life situations which is what this film is all about. Dr Jeffery Wigan risks everything to expose tobacco for what it really is. His testimony is responsible for ordinary people winning suits against tobacco. CBS hid the story once they have it, For this they deserve to be never trusted again. See this movie.

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Scary because it's true

9/10
Author: rsbatty from Denver, CO
24 September 2000

An outstanding, true story that touches upon ethics and accountability in American business, journalism and families.

With LA Confidential, The Insider and now Gladiator under his belt, Crowe has become one of the most versatile a-list actors in the industry. Pacino, as always, is powerful and passionate in a role that was made for his talents. The Pepsi girl is much less obnoxious than usual. Jessica Lange plays well what she was given: the stereotypical "concerned wife" role common in films of this ilk (see Patriot Games, JFK, The Right stuff, etc.)

A great story with a great cast and director. Not only entertaining, but educational.

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For once, something good out of Hollywood

10/10
Author: kevin-286
23 September 2000

I can't believe it - for once, a movie with things like ... hmm, let me see if I remember those things ... oh yea - Plot! and ah ... Acting, yea Acting! and ... storyline, yea! and ... Characters, yea, Characters!

Wow, a real movie. The worst part about variable reinforcement schedules is that the payoff takes so long, the good part is that once something good happens, it seem really good compared to all the other garbage out there.

Not recommended for people who need sex and violence to feel alive and satisfied. Highly recommended for people who feel starved for what Hollywood so rarely gives us - good work.

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A real life thriller about an American hero!

9/10
Author: mkp51 from Boothbay, Maine
20 September 2000

"The Insider" is an exceptionally well acted and well produced film. It faithfully tells the true story of Jeffrey S. Wigand, a former top executive with Brown and Williamson tobacco company, and the man who "blew the whistle" on his former employer with his now famous interview with Mike Wallace on the CBS news show "60 Minutes."

This film is interspersed with superb performances by Russell Crowe (as Wigand), Al Pacino (as CBS news producer Lowell Bergman) and Christopher Plummer (as Wallace.) The screenplay crackles with tension in this real-life drama; the film has a dark, taut and suspenseful mood which kept me completely engrossed from start to finish, and reminded me of another true-to-life film with similar themes of "whistleblowing" and journalistic integrity: "All the President's Men."

"The Insider" is a movie I will view and savor...over and over again!!

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Mann is a Master of the Character Film

9/10
Author: Josh (darkjosh333@yahoo.com) from Los Angeles, CA
19 September 2000

Upon seeing Russel Crowe's great performance in "Gladiator," I decided to check out his Oscar-nominated role in "Insider." While his performance was subtle and convincing and definitely worthy of a nomination, I was more taken aback by Mann's directorial style and his fine attention to characters.

"The Insider" is definitely not your standard thriller. Events do not move the story along here as much as characters do. Characters'internal conflicts, doubts, fears, and uncertainties are what drives and raises this film above the usual fare.

It's Mann's novelisitc approach to the story that makes it such a refreshing change of pace. He avoids almost all thriller cliches: there is no excessive profanity, no shootouts, no fistfights, no murders. The result is a mesmerizing, totally involving, refreshing, and frighteningly realistic film.

Russel Crowe's subtle, brooding, and humanistic portrayal of Dr. Wigand and the loss and forced change of his life and family bring a deep emotion to the film. Wigand falling down a hill in his yard is one of the film's most unsettling scenes. The rest of the ensemble cast also does well, but Crowe's haunting performance overshadows even veteran Al Pacino.

Definitely not a conventional, over-the-top thriller, Mann's character tour-de-force is a welcome change to a genre that usually makes the viewer suspend belief. "Insider" does not ask the viewer to believe the incredible; instead it makes the viewer understand the truth.

9 out of 10

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The FILM that you should watch.

Author: varot98@yahoo.com from Thailand
5 September 2000

I saw this movie last week and I just got time to write this comment.

This movie is very real. Although it based on reality. I don't know about the truth of this trial but if it's just like the movie. It's a pure terror that the POWERFUL man control your life. About Al Pacino, he's the best choice to play Lowell Bergman.

All I can say about this movie is that revealing the truth may be hazardous, real hazard.

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