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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

Whitacre mentions watching a show in which a character calls home and hears himself pick up the phone. This was the plot of a 1985 episode of The New Twilight Zone named "Shatterday", written by Harlan Ellison, directed by Wes Craven and with Bruce Willis as the guy with a double. See more »

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After the F.B.I's raid on A.D.M. in 1995. Whitacre sitting in a theater, watches The Firm which is a film released two years prior to when the scene took place. 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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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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Subtle Da(e)mon
11 June 2010 | by kosmaspSee all my reviews

I think this might be Damons best performance since the Good Will Hunting movie. At least it felt to me like that. And I'm not saying that to put movies like Bourne or Oceans down, they are a lot of fun (on different levels), but performance wise he didn't have to stretch that many "muscles" (action wise on the other hand, he obviously had to, at least with the Bourne Trilogy).

The story is pretty simple and the anti "Hero" is quite ordinary. Which might make it less appealing to a large audience, but it wasn't aimed to crack the box office. Soderbergh captures a weird feeling in this movie, that leaves you with a weird taste at the end. Of course, you could argue, that the movie shows too little of Damons wife, maybe even too little of his employer. But as it is, it's a pretty solid and greatly edited work.

Even the voice over, which seems and is completely out of place, works really good in this movie. I guess even the Team America members would change their opinion of "Matt Damon" after watching this one. Give it a try, but don't expect laugh out loud comedy (not the ordinary kind that is).


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