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The Informant! (2009)

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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.

Director:

Steven Soderbergh

Writers:

Scott Z. Burns (screenplay), Kurt Eichenwald (book)
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Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 1 win & 18 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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
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Storyline

Mark Whitacre has worked for lysine developing company ADM for many years and has even found his way into upper management. But nothing has prepared him for the job he is about to undertake - being a spy for the FBI. Unwillingly pressured into working as an informant against the illegal price-fixing activities of his company, Whitacre gradually adopts the idea that he's a true secret agent. But as his incessant lies keep piling up, his world begins crashing down around him. Written by The Massie Twins

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

18 September 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El desinformante See more »

Filming Locations:

Blue Mound, Illinois, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$22,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,464,314, 20 September 2009, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$33,313,582, 13 December 2009

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$41,771,168
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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The address to the Swedish bio-chem firm that Whitacre used to steal money from ADM happens to be the address to a real bio-chem firm in Lund (Novozymes Biopharma AB). Novozymes had nothing to do with the events depicted in the film though, as the company was founded in 2000. See more »

Goofs

Terry complains about someone "embarrassing my colleague and I" instead of "...and me". See more »

Quotes

[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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Crazy Credits

Prologue: "While this motion picture is based on real events, certain incidents and characters are composites, and dialog has been dramatized. So there." See more »


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Trust Me
Music by Marvin Hamlisch
Lyrics by Alan Bergman and Marilyn Bergman
Produced and Performed by Steve Tyrell
Steve Tyrell appears courtesy of E1 Music
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Offbeat movie featuring an excellent performance by Matt Damon
24 September 2009 | by PWNYCNYSee all my reviews

Offbeat movie that, with limited success, tries to make light of some serious stuff involving corporate corruption at the highest managerial levels. What makes this even more significant is that the events dramatized in this movie are supposedly based on actual events which, if true, calls into question the reliability of witnesses in criminal investigations who themselves are criminals. Embezzlement and fraud are serious crimes, but when a person committing such serious crimes becomes a star witness for a full-blown government investigation targeting a major international corporation, then this cast a huge, dark shadow over the credibility of criminal investigation itself. This movie is also about to what lengths government officials are willing to believe such unsavory informants even as these informants continue to flagrantly break numerous laws. Matt Damon gives an excellent performance as the main character, Mark Whitacre, a man who on his own initiative feeds the government information while he continues to embezzle huge sums of money. The movie shows how the government almost becomes complicit in Whitacre's's criminal behavior and how it causes an incredible and irreparable amount of damage. Does being an informant absolve one of guilt for crimes committed? Watch the movie and find out.


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