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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.

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Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 1 win & 18 nominations. See more awards »

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... Mark Whitacre
... Alexander Whitacre (as Lucas Carroll)
... Kirk Schmidt
... Liz Taylor
... Discouraged Foreman
... Mick Andreas
... Terry Wilson
... Ginger Whitacre
... Mark Cheviron (as Tom Wilson)
... FBI Special Agent Brian Shepard
... Sid Hulse
... FBI Special Agent Kate Medford
... FBI Special Agent Dean Paisley
... Rusty Williams
... 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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18 September 2009 (USA)  »

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El desinformante  »

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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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To prepare for the role of the overweight character Mark Whitacre, Matt Damon purposely gained weight prior to filming. He did this by eating lots of hamburgers, pizza, and dark beer, which he described in an interview as being "really, really, really fun." See more »

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In the scene when they supposedly are in Mexico, the pay phone model reveals they are actually at some Aeromexico lounge in the US. See more »

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[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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Featured in At the Movies: Venice Film Festival 2009 (2009) 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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Price Fixing...and other stuff

This will be short. I read the book when it first came out in 2000, and recently watched the film, and now am rereading the book. The book is dry and difficult, with three and half pages of involved people listed at the very beginning. Who can keep track of all this? It is replete with the taped conversations of the involved, all of the everything that went on. And, it is tedious, if correct, in the extreme. Well, what the film did, and bless it, was to simplify all of this stuff and make it intelligible to us ordinary folks. And, it made a really nasty story somewhat funny, because we know within the first half hour or so that there is something hinky about this Whitacre character. Oh boy, is there, but I won't write a spoiler here. There's no reason to. Even in the book, the FBI guys were wondering about Whitacre. Why did he turn traitor to his own company? What did he have to gain? The film is extremely well done, an amazingly good adaptation of a book which would probably have you snoozing after fifteen minutes. Matt Damon really shows his stuff in this one, even developing a modest middle age belly to complete the image of the nerdy scientist.

Watch it, laugh at it, and remember: this is a true story about why most of the people in America are poor and how their losses are paying for the riches of companies which have decided that "the customer is the enemy".


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