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Riveting and controversial film that caused a real-life snit at "60 Minutes" over the facts and portrayals in the story. After Jeffrey Wigand (Crowe) is fired from his top-level tobacco company job, he turns whistleblower, claiming his former employers lied about the dangers of cigarettes. Veteran "60 Minutes" producer Lowell Bergman (Pacino) and newsman Mike Wallace (Plummer) pursue the story--only to be shot down by their own network. The fallout causes ethical consequences for all involved. Performances are outstanding--from the chameleon Crowe to the relatively subdued Pacino and the slyly pompous Plummer. Based on a "Vanity Fair" magazine article.

Buena Vista Home Entertainment, 500 S. Buena Vista St., Burbank, CA 91521-1120, Toll-free: 800-723-4763, URL: http://www.bvhe.com

Available on Running time 157 minutes.

Cast and Crew

Genres
True Stories, News at 11, Corporate Shenanigans, Front Page, Adapted from an Article
Screenplay
Michael Mann, Eric Roth
Cast
Russell Crowe, Al Pacino, Christopher Plummer, Gina Gershon, Philip Baker Hall, Diane Venora, Lindsay Crouse, Debi Mazar, Stephen Tobolowsky, Colm Feore, Bruce McGill, Michael Gambon, Rip Torn, Lynne Thigpen, Hallie Kate Eisenberg, Michael Paul Chan, Wings Hauser, Pete Hamill, Nestor Serrano, Michael Moore
Cinematography
Dante Spinotti
Director
Michael Mann
Music
Graeme Revell
Producer
Pieter Jan Brugge, Forward Pass Productions, Touchstone Pictures

Awards

L.A. Film Critics 1999: Actor (Crowe), Cinematog., Film, Support. Actor (Plummer); Natl. Bd. of Review 1999: Actor (Crowe); Natl. Soc. Film Critics 1999: Actor (Crowe), Support. Actor (Plummer); Broadcast Film Critics 1999: Actor (Crowe).

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The Insider
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Stacey

The Insider released in 1999, with a run time of 157 minutes. This movie is based off an episode of “60 Minutes”. The Insider is about Jeffrey Wigand (Russell Crowe) who gets fired from a popular tobacco company. He was a former tobacco executive. After getting fired, he decides to appear on the news show “60 Minutes” to tell the truth about cigarettes. He stated how the tobacco industry lied about how harmful cigarettes really are. Also, he explained how tobacco companies are trying to make their cigarettes more addictive. Jeffrey basically went on “60 Minutes” and told the truth. He said a lot that the tobacco industries weren’t telling their consumers. Will Jeffrey get in trouble? Will the tobacco companies change? The Insider was nominated for seven Oscars.