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The Insider (1999)

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Release Date
 USA: Nov 5, 1999
 UK: 10 Mar 2000
DVD Release Date
 R1: Feb 1, 2000
 R2: 8 Jan 2001

Budget $68,000,000

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Running Time
2 hours, 37 minutes

Country USA

Studio Forward Pass, Touchstone Pictures

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Other Titles
• The Insider
• 60 Minutes (1999)
• Man of the People (1999)
• Untitled Michael Mann Film (1998)
• The Untitled Tobacco Project (1998)
• Insider (2000)

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Genre: Thriller, Drama, Courtroom, Law, True Story, Psychodrama, Suspense, Disturbing

Tagline: Warning: Exposing the Truth May Be Hazardous

Plot: 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

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 Directed by
Michael Mann
Heat, Collateral, The Last of the Mohicans
 Written by
Marie Brenner
Eric Roth
Forrest Gump, Munich, The Postman
Al Pacino
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Russell Crowe
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Christopher Plummer
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Diane Venora
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Philip Baker Hall
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Lindsay Crouse
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Debi Mazar
Goodfellas, Collateral, Batman Forever
 Music By
Lisa Gerrard
Gladiator, Mission: Impossible II, The 13th Warrior
Pieter Bourke
Ali, Dingo Dreaming
David Darling
One Eight Seven, Mostly Martha, Faraway, So Close!



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