The Insider

The Insider

Michael Mann (1999)

151min
15 Certificate
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Big Tobacco comes under the spotlight in this virtuoso ethical drama directed by Michael Mann, based on the true case of a whistle-blower whose life was ruined when he decided to tell all to 60 Minutes. Russell Crowe plays Jeffrey Wigand, the sacked executive who went public with his firm's dark secrets, only to find his interview canned by network heads terrified of a potentially catastrophic law suit. Al Pacino sears the screen as Lowell Bergman, the producer who broke the story, while Christopher Plummer is superb as anchorman Mike Wallace. True, Mann has little interest in his female characters - Diane Venora is criminally underused as Wigand's wife Liane - but if you're searching for signs of intelligent life in Hollywood, look no further than this dazzling exposé of money, morals and the media.

Summary

A scientist is fired from his job with a tobacco company, and agrees to expose his former employers' secrets to a journalist - including the allegation that the company had deliberately increased the addictive quality of cigarettes. Michael Mann's fact-based drama, starring Al Pacino, Russell Crowe, Christopher Plummer, Diane Venora and Philip Baker Hall.

Cast & Crew

Lowell Bergman Al Pacino
Jeffrey Wigand Russell Crowe
Mike Wallace Christopher Plummer
Liane Wigand Diane Venora
Don Hewitt Philip Baker Hall
Sharon Tiller Lindsay Crouse
Debbie De Luca Debi Mazar
Eric Kluster Stephen Tobolowsky
Helen Caperelli Gina Gershon
Thomas Sandefur Michael Gambon
John Scanlon Rip Torn
Director Michael Mann
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: Buena Vista Guidance: Swearing. Available on: Available on video and DVD Released on: 10 Mar 2000

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