Balls-out 60 Minutes (1968) Producer Lowell Bergman (Al Pacino) sniffs a story when a former research biologist for Brown & Williamson, Jeff Wigand (Russell Crowe), 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 (Christopher Plummer) 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 (1968) 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
Jeffrey Wigand, the anti-smoking subject of this movie, requested a ban on cigarettes in the movie. However, cigarettes are smoked in the movie at least three times: (1) by a woman in the background as Wigand (Russell Crowe) enters the airport, shortly before being served with a restraining order; (2) by a Muslim soldier seen briefly while Lowell Bergman (Al Pacino) 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. See more »
Jeffrey Wigand was fired in March 1993. In the movie he is driving an Audi A4. Audi didn't have a model called A4 until 1995. Further, the model shown is a 1998. See more »
Sheikh Fadlallah. Thank you so much for seeing us. Are you a terrorist?
Mr. Wallace, I am a servant of God.
A servant of God? Really? Americans believe that you, as an Islamic fundamentalist, that you are a leader who contributed to the bombing of the US Embassy...
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The TV version is actually longer than the theatrical version and was extended over two nights. The edit was supervised by director Michael Mann. See more »
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Written by J. Baird, Frank Gari (as F. Gari)
Performed by Casbah Orchestra
Courtesy of Legacy International
By Arrangement with Frank Garl Productions & Bully Music Associates See more »
An absorbing film-drama
From scene one, this film delivers a long slow burn as the tale of power and corruption unfolds. There is little action, but the film is steeped in an atmosphere of tension and high drama. The direction by Michael Mann is masterful, an object lesson in how to frame shots and let silence, as well as words - and music - work for the story. Al Pacino is once more the great actor of early films such as 'Scarecrow', instead of the theatrical performer of recent films. Russell Crowe shows his solid 'ordinary guy'character as more tortured through losing his family than any of the macho scenes he portrayed in 'Gladiator.' A superb film.
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