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The Insider (1999)

Cast: Al Pacino, Al Pacino, Russell Crowe, more...
Director: Michael Mann, Michael Mann
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Studio: Walt Disney Video
Genre: Drama
Running Time: 158 min.
Languages: English
Subtitles: English
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Synopsis
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. ~ Mark Deming, All Movie Guide

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Insider by MMAloy November 24, 2002 - 11:00 AM PST
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4 out of 7 members found this review helpful
Insider is a great movie and for anyone that is passionate about their beliefs this is a great movie to watch--you'll feel supported in your "digging in of your heels" for your beliefs. I found the directing the editing of scenes together in this movie to be choppy. There are some scenes where I had no idea why certain things were happening or why the characters were in certain places. Overall, the acting was great and a very important story to get out to the public.




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