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The Informant! (2009)

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The Informant! is a movie starring Matt Damon, Tony Hale, and Patton Oswalt. 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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... 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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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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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 »

Goofs

When Mike meets with the FBI agents after they discovered he informed Schmidt of the raid he shows up in a Mercedes SL-Coupe (R129 chassis) which is correct for the period, but the wheels are Mercedes Benz style 530 which were not released until the 2005 Mercedes Benz S-Class (W221 chassis). 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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No Spoilers! Favorite movie of the week.
23 September 2009 | by See all my reviews

I watch a lot of movies and besides "Inglorious Basterds", i would have to say this movie is next in line for best movies in recent months.

I love when a movie can surprise you and make you feel different about your life. This is one of those flicks. The narrating is slick and believable.. hilarious at times. The story line has fantastic segways that catch you off guard and make you feel blundered but in complete understanding of the main character.

Matt Damon is a great actor and this will probably be his proof for future castings in "not so ordinary" roles.

The movie is not as corky as the commercials seem. It gets dark and darker (and funnier) as the movie moves. It's like eating salt and sweets.. a feeling of apathy and love builds for the main character.

Reasons to watch = the cynical dialog from Matt Damon pays for the price of your movie ticket itself. Damon owns this movie! You'll see what i mean ;)

WTF moment = Casting was a bit blah. (they casted the short loser guy from king of queens to play a lawyer) that was weird. lmao

HAVE FUN


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