• The Insider (1999)

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

Ratings & Reviews

  • 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

  • 75
    Carrie RickeyPhiladelphia Inquirer

    Few American directors drive this wedge between mind and gut as masterfully as Michael Mann. show more

  • 90
    Mr. Showbiz

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

See all critic reviews on metacritic.com


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