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The Insider
- Al Pacino

Overview - Based on the article "The Man Who Knew Too Much," THE INSIDER depicts the true story of Jeffrey Wigand (Russell Crowe), a successful scientist who is fired from the Brown & Williamson tobacco company for objecting to certain lab tests. He signs a confidentiality agreement to ease the company's nervousness, but when hotshot 60 MINUTES producer Lowell Bergman (Al Pacino) recruits Wigand to help him decipher some technical documents, he realizes that there's a bigger story hiding inside Wigand.  Read more...

 
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Overview

Based on the article "The Man Who Knew Too Much," THE INSIDER depicts the true story of Jeffrey Wigand (Russell Crowe), a successful scientist who is fired from the Brown & Williamson tobacco company for objecting to certain lab tests. He signs a confidentiality agreement to ease the company's nervousness, but when hotshot 60 MINUTES producer Lowell Bergman (Al Pacino) recruits Wigand to help him decipher some technical documents, he realizes that there's a bigger story hiding inside Wigand. Eventually Bergman convinces him to break the agreement and sit for an interview with Mike Wallace (Christopher Plummer). The resulting media frenzy causes Wigand to lose the support of his family and forces Bergman to confront the harsh reality of his business. Additionally, Wigand is recruited by the state of Mississippi to testify on its behalf that cigarettes are, in fact, addictive. To pay the rent, he begins teaching high school chemistry, waiting for Bergman to convince the network to air the piece. Buckling under corporate pressure, CBS pulls the plug, which sparks Bergman to leak information to the press. As Wigand deals with his personal dilemma, Bergman battles the corporation that begins to show its true colors. Both men must decide for themselves if they've made the right choices. Like his other films THIEF, MANHUNTER, and HEAT, director Michael Mann takes on the theme of a man trying to do the right thing while trapped by circumstances that could destroy him. Once again Mann pulls terrific performances from his entire cast. Crowe is outstanding as Jeff Wigand, the beleaguered insider who risks everything for the truth. Pacino is suitably tenacious as the once-radical producer Bergman, and Christopher Plummer is excellent as news anchor Mike Wallace. With its brilliant performances and stunning cinematography, THE INSIDER is an emotionally intense film that reveals the consequences of standing up for the truth.

Cast List

Al Pacino - Oscar winning actor, THE GODFATHER, SCENT OF A WOMAN
Alfredo James Pacino - Oscar winning actor, THE GODFATHER, SCENT OF A WOMAN
Hallie Kate Eisenberg - Child Actress/ "Pepsi Girl"
Lindsay Crouse - American Actress
Lindsay Ann Crouse - American Actress
Philip Baker Hall - Supporting Actor
Michael Gambon - Irish Stage/Film Actor - A Dry White Season/Sleepy Hollow
Stephen Tobolowsky - Voice, THE BRAVE LITTLE TOASTER (1988)
Stephen Tobolowski - Voice, THE BRAVE LITTLE TOASTER (1988)
Michael Mann - American Director/Producer
Russell Crowe - Australian Actor, GLADIATOR (2000)
Rip Torn - American Actor/Director
Elmore Rual Torn - American Actor/Director
Christopher Plummer - Canadian Actor
Arthur Christopher Orme Plummer - Canadian Actor
Lynne Thigpen - "The Chief"--PBS's "Where In the World is Carmen Sandiego?"
Graeme Revell - Score composer
Pieter Bourke - Composer
Lisa Gerrard - World Music Performer
Bruce McGill - Star, BEHIND ENEMY LINES II: AXIS OF EVIL (2006)
Diane Venora - American Film/Stage Actress
Gina Gershon - American Supporting Actress
Paul Rubell - Editor
Marie Brenner - Writer
William Goldenberg - Editor, SEABISCUIT (2003)
Brian Morris - Production Designer, PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: THE CURSE OF
J. Brian Morris - Production Designer, PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: THE CURSE OF
Pieter Jan Brugge - Producer
Colm Feore - Actor. BEAUTIFUL DREAMER
Debi Mazar - American TV/Film Actress
Deborah Mazar - American TV/Film Actress
Eric Roth
Dante Spinotti - Director of Photography
Anna Sheppard - Costume Designer, SAHARA (2005)
David Rosenbloom - Editor, BEHIND ENEMY LINES (2001)

 
Details
    DVD Format
  • Format: DVD
  • Run Time: 157
  • Color Format: Color
  • UPC: 717951007391
  • Genre: Drama
  • Rating: R (MPAA) (For language.)
  • Release Date: June 2015

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Synopsis:
THE INSIDER is a gripping motion picture about big-business corruption, featuring a stunning lead performance by Russell Crowe. Scientist Jeffrey Wigand takes on the tobacco industry by breaking his confidentiality agreement with his employer, Brown & Williamson. By granting 60 MINUTES a revealing interview, Wigand's life spirals out of control. He seeks help in Lowell Bergman, the producer who has given his word that he will air the interview in its entirety. Big Tobacco, however, does everything in its power to shut Wigand up, including persuading CBS to shelve the interview he has sacrificed everything to give. As per director Michael Mann's request, this movie is available only in letterboxed format in both VHS and DVD.

Notes:
Russell Crowe put on around 40 pounds to portray Jeffrey Wigand. Once shooting for THE INSIDER wrapped, he then had to lose the weight for his role in GLADIATOR. Director Michael Mann operated the camera on more than half the shots in THE INSIDER. Mike Wallace filed a lawsuit against the filmmakers, claiming the film was slanderous. The high school where the real Jeff Wigand taught is used as a location in the film. The soundtrack to THE INSIDER by Lisa Gerrard (formerly of Dead Can Dance) and Pieter Bourke is available on Sony/Columbia Records. Lisa Gerrard also contributes music to GLADIATOR, as well as Michael Mann's HEAT. Super 35 Theatrical Aspect Ratio 2.40:1

Reviews:
"...Mr. Mann has directed THE INSIDER with a pulse-quickening panache that heightens the tension within its story....There are stunningly evocative images here..." - 11/05/1999 New York Times, p.E1


"...Hard-hitting grown-up cinema....With Pacino, we get the best of both worlds: a mostly restrained performance that still offers opportunities for the actor's reliable stack-blowing..." - 11/05/1999 USA Today, p.1E


"...Compelling and disturbing in equal measure..." - 02/01/2001 Total Film, p.110


"[A] big, complex movie....[It] has the jagged immediacy of real life....[The script] dramatizes the use and misuse of corporate power." - 04/17/2009 Wall Street Journal

 
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