Insider

Insider

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Director: Michael Mann

Cast: Al Pacino, Russell Crowe, Christopher Plummer

     
 

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The Insider tells the true story of a man who decided to tell the world what the seven major tobacco companies knew (and concealed) about the dangers of their product. Jeffrey Wigand (Russell Crowe) was a scientist employed in research for a tobacco firm, Brown and Williamson. Not long after he was fired by Brown and Williamson, Wigand came into contact withSee more details below

Overview

The Insider tells the true story of a man who decided to tell the world what the seven major tobacco companies knew (and concealed) about the dangers of their product. Jeffrey Wigand (Russell Crowe) was a scientist employed in research for a tobacco firm, Brown and Williamson. Not long after he was fired by Brown and Williamson, Wigand came into contact with Lowell Bergman (Al Pacino), a producer for 60 Minutes who worked closely with journalist Mike Wallace (played here by Christopher Plummer). Bergman arranged for Wigand to be interviewed by Wallace for a 60 Minutes expose on the cigarette industry, though Wigand was still bound by a confidentiality agreement not to discuss his employment with the company. Despite Wigand's willingness to talk, CBS pulled his interview from at the last minute after Brown and Williamson threatened a multi-billion dollar lawsuit. The staff of 60 Minutes and CBS News were soon embroiled in an internal struggle over the killing of the story, and Wigand found himself the subject of lawsuits and a smear campaign, without his full story reaching the public. The Insider was directed by Michael Mann and also features Diane Venora, Philip Baker Hall, Debi Mazar, Colm Feore, and Rip Torn.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Karl Williams
A riveting, controversial true story handled with tangible class and a documentary feel by director Michael Mann, this real-life drama was nominated for seven Academy awards. Juggling such monolithic issues as corporate responsibility, journalistic ethics, one's moral duty to the truth, and the politics of class, the film is a stew of sober intelligence and one of the best whistleblower dramas ever made. Al Pacino certainly calls upon some of his acting standards as the crusading news producer Lowell Bergman. But he also displays a new prickliness, a smug self-righteousness that balances out his heroism. Most astonishingly, in a time when stars want to portray characters of unmitigated courage, he doesn't back down from the narrative's assertion that he is crassly manipulative. That's a thoroughly unlikable quality flowing from the character's growing cynicism and self-interest, and while it may not be unrealistic, it is extraordinary to find that kind of veracity in a major, mainstream motion picture. Balancing him is Russell Crowe as the titular hero, pulling off a seemingly Robert De Niro-inspired physical, vocal, and behavioral transformation that fans of Crowe's award-winning turn in Gladiator (2000) will have to see to believe. Christopher Plummer earns high marks as Mike Wallace, but the film's greatest asset isn't its fine, notable performances. The Insider (1999), despite press reports attacking the film for its factual lapses, is actually about something important, providing a four-course meal of cinematic food for thought. Arguably Mann's best film to date, The Insider is worth its weight in gold, especially in an era of visceral moviemaking that encourages an audience to check its collective brain at the ticket counter.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/19/2013
UPC:
0786936827224
Original Release:
1999
Rating:
R
Source:
Touchstone / Disney
Region Code:
ABC
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
2:37:00
Sales rank:
17,371

Special Features

Production Featurette Audio Commentary with Al Pacino and Russell Crowe; Inside a Scene

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Al Pacino Lowell Bergman
Russell Crowe Jeffrey Wigand
Christopher Plummer Mike Wallace
Diane Venora Liane Wigand
Philip Baker Hall Don Hewitt
Lindsay Crouse Sharon Tiller
Debi Mazar Debbie De Luca
Stephen Tobolowsky Eric Kluster
Colm Feore Richard Scruggs
Bruce McGill Ron Motley
Gina Gershon Helen Caperelli
Michael Gambon Thomas Sandefur
Rip Torn John Scanlon
Lynne Thigpen Mrs. Williams
Hallie Kate Eisenberg Barbara Wigand
Michael Paul Chan Norman the Cameraman
Linda Hart Mrs. Wigand
Robert Harper Mark Stern
Nestor Serrano FBI Agent Robertson
Pete Hamill N.Y. Times Reporter
Wings Hauser Tobacco Lawyer
Cliff Curtis Sheikh Fadlallah
Renee Olstead Deborah Wigand
Michael Moore Michael Moore

Technical Credits
Michael Mann Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Avi Avivi Art Director
Gregg Baxter Sound Editor
Pieter Bourke Score Composer
Pieter Jan Brugge Producer
Gusmano Cesaretti Associate Producer
Lynn Christopher Set Decoration/Design
Lisa Gerrard Score Composer
William C. Goldenberg Editor
Nancy Haigh Set Decoration/Design
Kelly Hannafin Set Decoration/Design
Doug Hemphill Sound/Sound Designer
John Kasarda Art Director
Gregory King Sound Editor
Beth Kushnick Set Decoration/Design
Brian Morris Production Designer
Andy Nelson Sound/Sound Designer
Lee Orloff Sound/Sound Designer
Graeme Revell Score Composer
David Rosenbloom Editor
Eric Roth Screenwriter
Paul Rubell Editor
Kathleen M. Shea Associate Producer
Anna Sheppard Costumes/Costume Designer
Chris Spellman Set Decoration/Design
Dante Spinotti Cinematographer
Bonnie Timmerman Casting
Bonnie Timmermann Casting
James Tocci Art Director
Michael Waxman Asst. Director,Co-producer
Darrell L. Wight Set Decoration/Design

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