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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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Michael Mann

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Marie Brenner (article), Eric Roth | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 7 Oscars. Another 23 wins & 50 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Al Pacino ... Lowell Bergman
Russell Crowe ... Jeffrey Wigand
Christopher Plummer ... Mike Wallace
Diane Venora ... Liane Wigand
Philip Baker Hall ... Don Hewitt
Lindsay Crouse ... Sharon Tiller
Debi Mazar ... Debbie De Luca
Stephen Tobolowsky ... Eric Kluster
Colm Feore ... Richard Scruggs
Bruce McGill ... Ron Motley
Gina Gershon ... Helen Caperelli
Michael Gambon ... Thomas Sandefur
Rip Torn ... John Scanlon
Lynne Thigpen ... Mrs. Williams
Hallie Eisenberg ... Barbara Wigand
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Storyline

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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Warning: Exposing the Truth May Be Hazardous See more »


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Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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USA

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Release Date:

5 November 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

60 Minutes See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$68,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,712,361, 7 November 1999, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$28,965,197, 23 April 2000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$60,289,912, 31 December 2000
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2.39 : 1
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Trivia

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 (November 12, 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. See more »

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CBS building in New York, which is at 51 West 52 Street, corner of 6th Avenue - when Bergman looks out of the window, Central Park is to the side of the office, making the building on Madison Avenue or even east of that; if he was on 6th Avenue the park would be straight ahead. See more »

Quotes

Tobacco Lawyer: Dr. Wigand, I am instructing you not to answer that question in accordance to the terms of the contractual obligations undertaken by you not to disclose any information about your work at the Brown and Williamson tobacco company, and in accordance with the force and effect of the temporary restraining order that has been entered against you by the court in the State of Kentucky. That means you don't talk! Mr. Motley, we have rights here.
Ron Motley: Boy, you got rights... and lefts. Ups and downs and ...
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Alternate Versions

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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Referenced in Mic Macs à Tire-Larigot (2009) See more »

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Two or Three Things
Written by David Darling and Manfred Eicher
Performed by David Darling
Courtesy of ECM Records
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Very Good!
18 March 2009 | by buigerSee all my reviews

Finally, now here is a movie where everybody seems to agree on the same verdict. It is a very rare occasion that most of the major critics, the Academy and myself all agree on the judgment of the quality of a motion picture. This only goes to say that this film really has to be good. It also goes to show that the best movies are almost always based on true stories. Truth always trumps fiction.

This movie was very well directed and well filmed, but above all it was well acted. Both Crowe and Pacino deliver memorable, believable performances, creating characters for which we can feel for, with whom we can identify. I agree on most of the Oscar Nominations, but I also feel that maybe an Oscar was warranted for best screenplay which is probably the best part of this motion picture.

Thumbs up!


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