• The Insider (1999)

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The Insider

Release Date: 1999

DVD Release Date: April 11th, 2000

R |2 hr 37 min

Plot Summary

After seeking the expertise of former "Big Tobacco" executive Jeffrey Wigand (Russell Crowe), seasoned TV producer Lowell Bergman (Al Pacino) suspects a story lies behind Wigand's reluctance to speak. As Bergman persuades Wigand to share his knowledge of industry secrets, the two must contend with the courts and the corporations that stand between them and exposing the truth. All the while, Wigand must struggle to maintain his family life amidst lawsuits and death threats.

Cast: Al Pacino, Russell Crowe, Christopher Plummer, Diane Venora, Philip Baker Hall, Lindsay Crouse, Debi Mazar, Stephen Tobolowsky

Director: Michael Mann

Genres: Drama

Production Co: Buena Vista (Walt Disney)

Keywords: Quest, Office, Sacrifice, Underdog, 1990s, Deception, Dark, Wife, Family, New York City

Ratings & Reviews

  • 90
    Mr. Showbiz

    For two hours and 35 minutes it is absolutely riveting. show more

  • 100
    Jack MathewsNew York Daily News

    May be the best movie of the year. show more

  • 100
    David SterrittChristian Science Monitor

    Excellent acting, a stirring screenplay, and crisply intelligent directing make this fact-based movie a great human drama as well as a riveting and revealing look at crucially important social issues. show more

See all critic reviews on metacritic.com

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Nominated Best Screenplay - Motion Picture
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Nominated Writing (Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published)
Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2000)
Nominated Directing
Nominated Actor in a Leading Role
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2000)
Nominated Best Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama
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