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The Insider (1999) Movie Information

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Michael Mann


Russell Crowe
Al Pacino
Christopher Plummer
Diane Venora
Debi Mazar
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A researcher about Tobacco companies comes under scrutiny as his life is threatened because he wants to tell the true story about how the tobacco industry deals with addiction.

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mitchellyoung 03/19/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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The tension and intrigue in what could have been an otherwise boring film about a mundane subject is ramped up due to the powerhouse performances. Al Pacino gives one of his last great, non-caricature performances and the script itself gives the actors a lot of meat to chew on.

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GGauthier 07/30/2007 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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I bet this must sound weird but... I can't stop watching this film several times. I love -a lot- the mood of the movie... Fantastic score, and... how somewhat Mann managed to build a perfect constructed movie from an aparent boring subject. Crowe/Pacino are both great.

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Alex 05/19/2007 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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Close to being in my top 100, performances are near perfection all the way around. Crowe deserved an Oscar and Pacino was at the top of his game as well. A true story which directed by man makes it feel incredibly real life. See it!

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05/02/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Brilliant in every respect.

The Insider is a film that is brilliant in every respect. The story is compelling, the acting is superb, I could go on and on. The film received 7 Academy Award nominations, although, unfortunately, it won none. Russell Crowe's performance as Jeffrey Wigand is spellbinding as the viewer sympathizes with him every step of the way. Al Pacino is as wily as ever in his role as the maverick 60 Minutes producer, Lowell Bergman. He too could have easily gotten an Academy Award nomination. But perhaps the biggest award snub was Christopher Plummer receiving no nomination from the Academy for his role as Mike Wallace. Plummer is sensational and is able to channel the spirit of Wallace quite easily.

Overall, the film provokes a high amount of rage. The way Wigand's reputation is dragge...

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09/21/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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Efficient character build-up with wonderful acting. Based on a real story related to the tobacco industry. producer Lowell Bergman (Pacino) finds a way to tell the insider information of Jeffrey Wigand (Crowe). Wigand discusses with Bergman regarding the seven CEOs of "Big Tobacco." Christopher Plummer as Mike Wallace was convincing, Pacino was riveting and Crowe absorbed the role. The screenplay was effective and never tried too hard. A few quotes from the film: Lowell Bergman - "When I came on this job I came with my word intact. I'm gonna leave with my word intact." Mike Wallace - "Fame has a fifteen minute half-life, infamy lasts a little longer." " I'm all out of heroes, man. Guys like you are in short supply." Style of directing was really good matched with an interesting so...

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