Balls-out "60 Minutes" producer Lowell Bergman sniffs a story when a former research biologist for Brown & Williamson, Jeff Wigand, won't talk to him. When the company leans hard on Wigand to honor a confidentiality agreement, he gets his back up. Trusting Bergman and despite a crumbling marriage, he goes on camera for a Mike Wallace interview and risks arrest for contempt of court. Westinghouse is negotiating to buy CBS, so CBS attorneys advise CBS News to shelve the interview and avoid a lawsuit. "60 Minutes" and CBS News bosses cave, Wigand is hung out to dry, Bergman is compromised, and the CEOs of Big Tobacco may get away with perjury. Will the truth come out?Written by
The original title for this film was "Man Of The People". That was the working title when scenes were filmed in Israel. See more »
On three separate occasions the same Yellow Taxi is occupied by Bergman or greeted by Bergman when he met Charlie from the Wall Street Journal, the numbers on the roof and door are the "1T80". The odds of this happening are slight, since there are 11,787 Yellow cabs in New York. See more »
You pay me to go get guys like Wigand, to draw him out. To get him to trust us, to get him to go on television. I do. I deliver him. He sits. He talks. He violates his own fucking confidentiality agreement. And he's only the key witness in the biggest public health reform issue, maybe the biggest, most-expensive corporate-malfeasance case in U.S. history. And Jeffrey Wigand, who's out on a limb, does he go on television and tell the truth? Yes. Is it newsworthy? Yes. Are we gonna air it? Of ...
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The TV version is actually longer than the theatrical version and was extended over two nights. The edit was supervised by director Michael Mann. See more »
Thoroughly engrossing account that works on all levels
STAR RATING:*****Unmissable****Very Good***Okay**You Could Go Out For A Meal Instead*Avoid At All Costs
A searing insight into the corruption that festers throughout the whole of the tobacco industry,The Insider should prove riveting even to those put off by lengthy films.For this is told with such invigorating style and uncontendable compassion the running time of 151 minutes will pass like nothing.It's filmed in a completely different fashion to any other film before it as well,with almost non-stop camera angle close ups on the characters and soft lensing on the dramatic scenes.
Michael Mann's style of direction works far better here than it did in his previous feature Heat,and he manages to make Al Pacino's lead performance far more involving too.Pacino is portraying,in what is alledgedly a true story,a complex man,with varying degrees to his character and personality,torn between his job at the TV station and his concern for Russell Crowe's character,who also turns in a quiet,genuine performance as the beleaguered former chemical researcher.Michael Gambon is convincing as the American head of the firm,putting on a first rate accent too which gels with his voice magically.The frustrating,not to mention bewildering,thing for viewers in the UK is that for some reason,the film is only availible in widescreen.It is worth looking past this descrepancy to enjoy what is easily one of the finest films of the year.*****
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