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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Matt Damon ... Mark Whitacre
Lucas McHugh Carroll 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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Attorney James Epstein (Tony Hale) has a Mobius Advertising Award in his office. See more »

Goofs

The film takes place from 1992-1994, yet the cars have Illinois license plates that first appeared in 2001. 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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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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References Rising Sun (1993) See more »

Soundtracks

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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Not really funny... but genius
25 December 2012 | by rooprectSee all my reviews

Director Steven Soderberg delivers a one-of-a-kind gem with "The Informant!", a movie about bipolar conflicts which, itself, is a bipolar conflict.

The main character, Mark Whitacre (played by Matt Damon), is presented as a swiftly-shifting bundle of complexities. One moment he's a boyscout, the next he's a liar and a cheat. You're never quite sure if we're supposed to take him as a good guy or a bad guy.

Similarly, the movie hits us with a bundle of complex, conflicting vibes. Everything about "The Informant!" leads one to expect a comedy, from the exclamation point in the title to the idea of hunky action star Matt Damon playing an overweight corporate dweeb (complete with pedo moustache). The opening titles say "While this motion picture is based on real events, certain incidents and characters are composites, and dialog has been dramatized. So there." And of course we have a truly bizarre soundtrack with several songs featuring the kazoo.

But the odd thing is that it's actually a very serious story, and there aren't really any zingers, knee-slappers or lol-worthy moments. With a darker soundtrack and a few minor editing adjustments, this could easily be a tense thriller like "The Firm".

I'm sure it's no coincidence that it turned out this way. The movie is a statement about conflicts, deceptions and appearances. It makes its point be becoming exactly that which it is portraying: a gestaldt - a complex figure that cannot be seen as the sum of its parts but only as a whole. Take "The Informant!" as a whole and you will see what a clever piece of filmmaking and storytelling it is.


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Country:

USA

Language:

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Release Date:

18 September 2009 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Blue Mound, Illinois, USA See more »

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Budget:

$22,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,464,314, 20 September 2009

Gross USA:

$33,316,821

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$41,771,168
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