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The Informant! -- The U.S. government decides to go after an agri-business giant with a price-fixing accusation, based on the evidence submitted by their star witness, company-man-turned-whistleblower Mark Whitacre (Damon).
The Informant! -- Clip: Who did you tell?
The Informant! -- Interview: Tom Smothers "On being in a movie with his brother"
The Informant! -- Clip: We've decided not to cooperate with the FBI
The Informant! -- Clip: They need me to run the company


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Writers (WGA):
Scott Z. Burns (screenplay)
Kurt Eichenwald (book)
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The U.S. government decides to go after an agro-business giant with a price-fixing accusation, based on the evidence submitted by their star witness, vice president-turned-informant Mark Whitacre. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Matt Damon ... Mark Whitacre
Lucas McHugh Carroll ... Alexander Whitacre (as Lucas Carroll)

Eddie Jemison ... Kirk Schmidt

Rusty Schwimmer ... Liz Taylor

Craig Ricci Shaynak ... Discouraged Foreman

Tom Papa ... Mick Andreas

Rick Overton ... Terry Wilson

Melanie Lynskey ... Ginger Whitacre

Thomas F. Wilson ... Mark Cheviron (as Tom Wilson)

Scott Bakula ... FBI Special Agent Brian Shepard

Scott Adsit ... Sid Hulse

Ann Dowd ... FBI Special Agent Kate Medford

Allan Havey ... FBI Special Agent Dean Paisley

Howie Johnson ... Rusty Williams

Joel McHale ... FBI Special Agent Bob Herndon
Nick Craig ... Kid at Pool #1
Cody Puckett ... Kid at Pool #2

Andrew Daly ... Marty Allison

David Campbell ... Budweiser Client Representative
Carolyn R. Feltner ... Budweiser Receptionist

J.P. Gillain ... Zurich Bank Security Officer (as Jean-Pierre Gillain)

Elena Eustache ... Zurich Bank Receptionist

John Hans Tester ... Peter Dreyer (as Hans Tester)

Ludger Pistor ... Reinhard Richter

Rome Kanda ... Hirokazu Ikeda
Yoshio Be ... Kazutoshi Yamada

Raymond Ma ... Kanji Mimoto
Hervé Deschamps ... Philippe Rollier
Pascal Ifri ... Alain Crouy

Ann Cusack ... Robin Mann

Dann Seki ... Joon Mo Suh

Jayden Lund ... James Mutchnik

Chic Daniel ... FBI Agent at Raid

Joe Chrest ... Visiting Client
J.D. Mathein ... Phone Agent
William Marsh ... FBI Special Agent Ken Temples

Tom Smothers ... Dwayne Andreas

Clancy Brown ... Aubrey Daniel

Bob Zany ... John Dowd

Tony Hale ... James Epstein

Richard Steven Horvitz ... Bob Zaideman (as Richard Horvitz)
Tara Barrett ... Reporter #1
Tim Cain ... Reporter #2
Ken Frye ... Reporter #3
Huey Freeman ... Reporter #4
Brian Gallivan ... Ron Henkoff

Daniel Hagen ... Scott Roberts

Patton Oswalt ... Ed Herbst
Samantha Albert ... Mary Spearing
Jimmy Brogan ... Dr. Derek Miller

Paul F. Tompkins ... FBI Special Agent Anthony D'Angelo

Adam Paul ... FBI Special Agent Michael Bassett

Wayne Pére ... Sheldon Zenner (as Wayne Péré)
Scott England ... Local News Anchor (as Scot England)

Joshua Funk ... FBI Special Agent Robert Grant

Candy Clark ... Mark Whitacre's Mother

Frank Welker ... Mark Whitacre's Father

Larry Clarke ... Whitacre's Second Attorney

Dick Smothers ... Judge Harold Baker
Steve Seagren ... Correctional Officer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sage Adams ... Jason Ripley (uncredited)

Roy Allen III ... Office Manager (uncredited)
Rj Buckler ... Extra holding boom pole in crowd of reporters (uncredited)

Emma Chandler ... Mick Andreas' Assistant (uncredited)
Dona Ellis ... Bartender (uncredited)

Nichole Fischer ... Patron in airport (uncredited)
Gene Fojtik ... Lawyer (uncredited)
James Gianoulakis ... Airport Traveler (uncredited)

Christopher Guetig ... Office Clerk (uncredited)

Joe Hammerstone ... Airport Restaurant Patron (uncredited)

Tabby Hanson ... Sunt / Actress '2009' (uncredited)
Troy Hayes ... New Home Owner (uncredited)
Richard Hoffman Jr. ... Payroll (uncredited)
Bill Ibrahim ... Attorney on EL (uncredited)

Jordan Kirkwood ... European Executive (uncredited)

Don Kress ... Lawyer (uncredited)

BJ Lange ... Airline Passenger (uncredited)

Dan Latham ... CTA Passenger (uncredited)

Ted LeBlang ... Country Club Dinner Guest (uncredited)

Allen Marsh ... Airport Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
Joseph Mazurk ... Federal Plaza Lawyer (uncredited)

Elizabeth Zephyrine McDonough ... Sweater Girl (uncredited)
Cameron Potter ... Businessman (uncredited)
Mallory Scott ... Business Traveler (uncredited)

Gary Sedlock ... Movie Goer (uncredited)

Malik Simmons ... Restaurant Patron (uncredited)

E.J. Snyder ... Golfer (uncredited)

Jaxon Stanford ... Businessman Walking Thru Airport (uncredited)

Jani Vorwerk ... Waitress (uncredited)

Erik A. Williams ... Airport Traveler (uncredited)

Directed by
Steven Soderbergh 
Writing credits
Scott Z. Burns (screenplay)

Kurt Eichenwald (book)

Produced by
Howard Braunstein .... producer
George Clooney .... executive producer
Kurt Eichenwald .... producer
Jennifer Fox .... producer
Gregory Jacobs .... producer
Michael Jaffe .... producer
Michael London .... executive producer
Michael Polaire .... co-producer
Jeff Skoll .... executive producer
Original Music by
Marvin Hamlisch 
Cinematography by
Steven Soderbergh  (as Peter Andrews)
Film Editing by
Stephen Mirrione 
Casting by
Carmen Cuba 
Production Design by
Doug J. Meerdink 
Art Direction by
William O. Hunter 
David Scott  (as David E. Scott)
Set Decoration by
Daniel B. Clancy 
Curtis Maneno 
Costume Design by
Shoshana Rubin 
Makeup Department
Christine Beveridge .... makeup artist: Matt Damon (as Chrissie Beveridge)
Barbara Cantu .... key hairstylist
Gloria Pasqua Casny .... hair department head (as Gloria Casny)
Latrice Edwards .... additional makeup artist
Kay Georgiou .... hair stylist: Matt Damon
Jules Holdren .... hair stylist
Connie Kallos .... hair stylist
Chris Lyons .... special effects teeth
Elisa Marsh .... makeup department head
Marsha Shearrill .... key makeup artist
Vicki Vacca .... makeup artist
Rebecca Wachtel .... makeup artist
Production Management
Gilles Castera .... production manager: France
Renee Confair .... production supervisor: Hawaii
David Kirchner .... post-production supervisor
Robin Le Chanu .... production manager: Illinois
Mark Scoon .... executive in charge of production
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Gregory Jacobs .... first assistant director
Gil Kenny .... first assistant director: France
Lynne Martin .... second second assistant director
Lauren Pasternack .... dga trainee
Jody Spilkoman .... second assistant director
Art Department
Norman Alatorre .... propmaker
Andrew Alward .... art staff assistant
Tim Alward .... art staff assistant
Dawn Brown .... set designer
Joanna Bush .... illustrator
Gregory Byrne .... set dresser
Alvin S. Cabrinha Jr. .... property master
Robert J. Carlyle .... construction coordinator
Genelle Ciccarelli .... set decorating coordinator
Jeff Creath .... assistant props
Scott Ellsworth .... propmaker
Richard Ewan .... painter
Jimmy Flores .... lead propmaker foreman
Stephen Gibson .... assistant property master
Thomas J. Glynn .... set dresser
Martin Grimes .... set dresser
Jeffrey Paul Johnson .... property master
Paul Knubley .... set dresser: St. Louis
Chris Larsen .... set dresser
Craig K. Lewis .... set dresser: Hawaii
Jamie Litwak .... propmaker
James R. Lord .... propmaker gang boss
Quentin Matthys .... gang boss
Christopher Morente .... greens foreman: Illinois/Montana
Timothy Mullennix .... propmaker
Matthew J. Norskog .... second on-set dresser
Roderick Nunnally .... paint supervisor
Michael Okuda .... graphic designer
Jason Perrine .... art department assistant
Leia Pratapas .... art department coordinator
Shane Reed .... leadman: Los Angeles
Francis J. Roix .... carpenter
Scott Schutzki .... set dresser
Alex Sessing .... greens foreman
Julie Smith .... assistant set decorator
Gary Stel .... propmaker foreman
Scott Troha .... leadman
Jane Wuu .... set designer
Jim Tudor .... set dresser (uncredited)
Clark Woodman .... set dresser (uncredited)
Sound Department
Larry Blake .... sound re-recording mixer
Larry Blake .... supervising sound editor
Sean Byrne .... sound re-recordist
Matt Coby .... sound editor
Barry Donnelly .... adr recordist
Dawn Fintor .... foley artist
Javier M. Hernández .... boom operator
Steve La Fayette .... sound utility: IL, MO
Marcus Ricaud .... sound utility
Brian Seagrave .... audio post-conform
Mark Shehab .... adr recordist
Alicia Stevenson .... foley artist
Billy Theriot .... assistant sound editor
Dennis Towns .... production sound mixer
Special Effects by
Jared Baker .... special effects technician
Robert Bolanowski .... special effects technician
Ron Bolanowski .... special effects coordinator
Darrell Burgess .... special effects foreman
Bob Everett .... special effects technician (as Robert Everett)
Bob Shelley .... special effects technician (as Robert Shelley)
Daniel Yates .... special effects technician
Visual Effects by
Gary Abrahamian .... lead animator
Elika Burns .... digital artist
Heather Elisa Hill .... visual effects project manager: CIS Hollywood
Lisa Maher .... visual effects producer: CIS-Hollywood
Kama Moiha .... compositor
Jesse Morrow .... visual effects artist
James P. Noon .... tracking
Liz Radley .... video & computer graphics supervisor
Chris Ryan .... CG supervisor (as Christopher Ryan)
Prateep Siamwalla .... tracking
Thomas J. Smith .... visual effects supervisor
Xye .... tracking
Mark Fletcher .... screen graphics designer (uncredited)
Chris B. Schnitzer .... director of visual effects: Warner Bros. (uncredited)
Sean Graham .... stunts
Tabby Hanson .... stunts (as Tabby Hanson-Graham)
Rick Le Fevour .... stunt coordinator (as Rick LeFevour)
Rick Le Fevour .... stunt performer
Tom Lowell .... stunt double
Daniel Maldonado .... stunt driver
Scott Philyaw .... stunt driver
John Robotham .... stunt coordinator
Stephen W. Schriver .... stunts (as Steve Schriver)
Camera and Electrical Department
Claudette Barius .... still photographer
Chris Dame .... crane technician: Technocrane
Greg Fausak .... best boy grip
John-Anthony Gargiulo .... dolly grip
Jeroen Hendriks .... camera technician
Nicholas Kaat .... assistant chief lighting technician
April Kelley .... second assistant camera
Steven Meizler .... first assistant camera: 'b' camera
John Joseph Minardi .... key grip
Glenn E. Moran .... rigging gaffer
Patrick B. O'Brien .... camera operator
Michael J. Schwartz .... electrician
Paul Toomey .... second assistant camera
Peter Walts .... chief lighting technician
Mark N. Woods .... technocrane operator
Casting Department
Shelby Cherniet .... casting associate: Chicago
Helen Geier .... casting associate
Mike Ketcher .... extras casting: St. Louis
Rich King .... extras casting
Claire Simon .... casting: chicago
Erin Stewart .... extras casting assistant
Teresa Thoma .... casting associate
Jonathan Kinnas .... extras casting: Chicago (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jessica Albertson .... set costumer
Danielle Baker .... costumer
Rebecca M. Graves .... costume assistant
Brad Holtzman .... key costumer
Sandy Kenyon .... costume supervisor
Valerie T. O'Brien .... costumer
Barnaby Smith .... costumer: Matt Damon
Melissa Stinson .... set costumer
Editorial Department
Matt Absher .... first assistant editor
Corey Bayes .... assistant editor
Matt Blackshear .... colorist: dailies (as Matthew Blackshear)
Jimmy Fusil .... digital intermediate producer
Nat Jencks .... DI editor
Barbara Jean Kearney .... digital intermediate producer
Tim Stipan .... supervising digital colorist
Michael P. Whipple .... digital intermediate engineer
Lee Wimer .... color timer
Benjamin Sutor .... digital intermediate editor (uncredited)
Music Department
Missy Cohen .... music editor
Larry Hochman .... orchestrator
John Moses .... musician: clarinetist
Laura Sherman .... musician: harp soloist
Tim Starnes .... auricle programmer
Todd Whitelock .... score mixer
Todd Whitelock .... score recordist
Transportation Department
Jalal Aqdim .... picture car assistant coordinator: france
Arnold Bucher .... driver: director
David Glavin .... driver
Shane Greedy .... transportation coordinator
Anthony Gregorio .... driver
Charles Heidet .... picture vehicle coordinator: Paris Unit
Steve Lewis .... driver
Kevin Loding .... driver
Tony Mouradian .... driver
Chance Robertson .... driver
Alan Smith .... driver
Lin C. Smith .... driver
Chase Spitzer .... driver: Illinois
Justin Thaler .... g&e driver: Cinelease Chicago Grip & Electric
Alexandre Thiery .... unit driver: Paris (uncredited)
Other crew
Dayne Ahuna .... craft service: Hawaii
Mike Barry .... assistant location manager
Sara Bartkiewicz .... assistant production coordinator
Selena Carrillo .... production coordinator
Lauren Cokeley .... office staff assistant: Illinois
Paul Conti .... video playback engineer
Adrian Cortes .... set production assistant
David Cortez .... production assistant
Rose Cox .... craft service
Myke Dixon .... dailies assistant
Bryan Dobrik .... set staff assistant: Illinois
Ron Durham .... assistant location manager: St. Louis
Emma Fletcher .... assistant: Ms. Fox
Pablo Gambetta .... production assistant
Liz Goldsmith .... assistant location manager
Matt Goldstein .... set production assistant: Hawaii
Elizabeth Grave .... assistant to Michael London
Callie Hersheway .... production secretary: Illinois
Al Huynh .... location assistant
Trevor Johann .... office production assistant
Lynn Josephson Delaney .... executive assistant to producer
Arnaud Kaiser .... location manager: france
Holly Kang .... assistant: Mr Soderbergh
Holly Kang .... assistant: Mr. Soderbergh
Sarah P. Koeppe .... accounting clerk
Ken Lavet .... location manager
Valerie Levitt .... assistant: Mr. Burns
Keri Littledeer .... key set medic
Marlene Marks .... payroll accountant
Arnaud Mathey-Dreyfus .... location scout: Paris
Elaine Mongeon .... assistant: Mr. Jacobs
Guy Morrison .... key assistant location manager
Stefan Nikolov .... location scout
Robert O'Quinn .... production assistant
Tim Patterson .... production secretary
Shaunessy James Quinn .... office staff assistant: Illinois
Paul Rathburn .... chef
Michael Roccuzzo .... post-production accountant
Taffy Schweickhardt .... key first assistant accountant
Michael Serrano .... set production assistant
Ashley C. Smith .... assistant production coordinator: Hawaii
Spooky Stevens .... unit publicist
Dane Story .... set production assistant
Anthea Strangis .... additional first assistant accountant
William Thompson .... personal fitness trainer
Justin Tolley .... key production assistant: Hawaii
Anthony Vallejo-Sanderson .... production assistant
Bernadette Wilson .... location aide
Jeff Winn .... key craft service
Victoria Wong .... third assistant accountant
Daniel Zambroni .... medic: Illinois
Jean David Marianne .... accountant trainee: France (uncredited)

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Rated R for language
108 min
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Frank Welker, primarily known as a voice actor, appears in this film as Mark Whitacre's father. It's his first on-camera role in a live-action film in 37 years.See more »
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): Terry complains about someone "embarrassing my colleague and I" instead of "...and me".See more »
[first lines]
Mark Whitacre:[voiceover] You know that orange juice you have every morning? You know what's in that? Corn. And you know what's in the maple syrup you put on your pancakes? You know what makes it taste so good? Corn. And when you're good and help with the trash, you know what makes the big, green bags biodegradable?
Mark Whitacre:[to his son] Do you?
Alexander Whitacre:Uh-huh. Corn.
Mark Whitacre:Corn *starch*. But Daddy's company didn't come up with that one. DuPont did.
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94 out of 123 people found the following review useful.
Soderbergh's new film brings to life an (almost) unbelievably true story, 20 September 2009
Author: Reel_starz from United States

At its core, The Informant! is, by no means, an inherently funny story. It involves international corporate conspiracies, corruption, deception and betrayal. Yet somehow, Steven Soderbergh manages to turn Kurt Eichenwald's book, which depicts the true story of former ADM employee Mark Whitacre in the manner of John Grisham's best legal thrillers, into a thoroughly entertaining, often very funny movie. This, of course, is aided by Matt Damon's brilliant, spot-on portrayal of the corporate executive-turned-FBI informant, as well as solid work by the supporting cast.

When I first read Eichenwald's book after learning about this movie, I was slightly skeptical. Economics and law are far from my forte. However, what I found was a story so ridiculous and told in such a compelling way that it was difficult to put the book down. Especially for a nonfiction story, the characters felt so well-developed and so three-dimensional that you cannot help but care immensely about them, despite their flaws. And then, I heard that Soderbergh planned to make the movie version into a dark comedy. Given some of the subject matter and material involved, I was worried that the film would turn into too much of a farce and would not give the real-life story and people the proper respect.

To my utter relief, I was wrong. While some of the darker elements have been left out and the film is undoubtedly lighter than its source material, Soderbergh stayed true to reality, keeping the events mostly accurate to what Eichenwald described in his book, and hence, to what really happened; in fact, on a side note, after seeing the movie, the real-life Mark Whitacre commented that the film was "very accurate", which is a bit of a surprise considering Soderbergh made the decision to not consult any of the people involved in the actual 1990s investigation.

Oddly enough, while this probably sounds contradictory to the opening statement of my review, much of the humor actually springs out of the events and dialogue depicted in the book, almost all of which took place in reality, rather than jokes or quips written by the screenwriter or improvised by the director or actors. There are so many hidden layers to the tale that, in retrospect, it is hard to not laugh or at least gap in wonder at how it all unfolded. Of course, that is not to say that Scott Z. Burns, who adapted Einchenwald's book for the screen, did not do any work. The screenplay does an admirable job of adhering to the true events with enough creativity, wit and originality to prevent the film from seeming like just a retread of everything Einchenwald accomplished in his narrative.

Also impressive is the cast. Naturally, as Mark Whitacre, Matt Damon stands out. Even though he had not met the person he was portraying before filming, he perfectly captures Whitacre's personality, mannerisms and attitude, making him seem larger-than-life but at the same time, completely and utterly human, while many other actors might have made him too much of a caricature. The supporting cast does a fine job as well and perhaps the most noteworthy of these actors are Scott Bakula as the benignly professional FBI agent Brian Shepard and Melanie Lynskey, who portrays Whitacre's devoted wife, Ginger, with a sort of Mid-western bubbliness.

In typical Steven Soderbergh mode, the director adds a quirky, unique tone to the movie. Although the whimsical, almost cartoonish score is sometimes a bit intrusive, this quaint style effectively mirrors the film's subtle and often ironic humor, and instead of being distracting, the cinematography, complete with the intense lighting and vibrant colors that make Soderbergh's films so distinctly his, helps emphasize the movie's off-beat wackiness. From the opening credits, viewers are immersed in the simple, charming vibe of small-town Illinois; this ambiance is benefited by the fact that Soderbergh chose to film in Decatur, the very town in which the real-life events occurred. Everything feels authentic, from the hairstyles to the ADM office and even the colorful array of ties sported by various cast members throughout the movie.

Furthermore, by using voice-over narration, Soderbergh effectively manages to enter the mind of Mark Whitacre, who is, to say the least, an extremely fascinating personality. Partly thanks to Matt Damon's nuanced performance, the audience learns to sympathize with - if not root for - Mark, regardless of his moral ambiguity and questionable decisions. Perhaps, more than anything else, this is because the movie never makes fun of him, only at his nearly unbelievable situation. Not once is he made out to be a completely villainous guy or a complete hero; he is merely human.

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