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(1999)

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After filming a scene shot at the school, Russell Crowe pranked young castmates by screaming and ripping out his hair. The realistic gray wig had many fooled and horrified, until the crew and Crowe erupted in laughter.
Jeffrey Wigand, the anti-smoking subject of this movie, requested a ban on cigarettes in the film. However, cigarettes are smoked in the movie at least thrice: (1) by a woman in the background as Wigand enters the airport, shortly before served with a restraining order, (2) by a Muslim soldier seen briefly while Bergman is being transported to the Hezbollah meeting site, and (3) by a photographer with whom Bergman converses briefly about what might be going on inside the courtroom.
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).
Michael Moore, the Attorney General of Mississippi, plays himself for the scenes involving the lawsuit.
The courtroom where Jeffrey Wigand gives his deposition is not a set. The filmmakers used the actual courtroom in Jackson County Mississippi where the real Wigand's deposition was given.
Toward the end of the film, Mike Wallace shows Lowell Bergman an unflattering article and editorial about CBS in the latest New York Times. The article and editorial are clearly from different sections of the paper. This would seem to be a goof, since the Times' op-ed pieces usually appear in the back of the main news section. The real-life pieces to which this scene refers, however, were published on a Sunday (12 November 1995), which means that the news and editorials would in fact have appeared in separate sections, just one more example of director Michael Mann's eye for detail.
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In a scene in Bergman's office, Mike Wallace tells Lowell Bergman, "I don't plan to spend the end of my days wandering in the wilderness of National Public Radio." In reality, Bergman left CBS in 1998 (not right after the Jeffrey Wigand piece, as depicted in the movie) to work for Public Television.
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Val Kilmer was considered by Michael Mann for the role of Jeffrey Wigand. Producer Pieter Jan Brugge suggested Russell Crowe.
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Wigand tells his entering chemistry class that their very first experiment would be to "measure the molecular weight of butane." Student comprehension of a topic as complex as this would require background knowledge of chemistry. But by failing to raise their hands to indicate they had such knowledge, the students would likely not have been able to understand this as their first lesson in the subject.
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The scenes at the Pascagoula mansion, on the Gulf of Mexico, were filmed at the home of the real Richard Scruggs (the attorney portrayed in the film) in Pascagoula. Hurricane Katrina destroyed the home in 2005.
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Mike Wallace was 76 years old at the time the interview was conducted, is played by a 69 year old Christopher Plummer.
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After reading an early draft of The Good Shepherd (2006), Michael Mann approached Eric Roth to help write the script.
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The original title for this film was "Man Of The People". That was the working title when scenes were filmed in Israel.
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One of Lowell Bergman's Emmy awards is visible in his bedroom as he is first contacting Wigand.
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The gun that Jeffrey Wigand has when he's investigating the noise outside is a Smith and Wesson .357 magnum revolver.
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The script is based on a Vanity Fair article.
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