The Insider

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“A terrific muckracking melodrama – it will get people fuming.” – David Edelstein, Slate

The Insider recounts the incredible true story that pitted an ordinary man against the tobacco industry and dragged two people into the fight of their lives. Oscar-winner Al Pacino gives a powerful performance as veteran 60 Minutes producer Lowell Bergman and Oscar-winner Russell Crowe co-stars as the ultimate insider, former tobacco executive Dr. Jeffrey Wigand. When Wigand is fired by his employer – one of the largest tobacco companies in America – he agrees to become a paid consultant for a story Bergman is working on regarding alleged unethical practices within the tobacco industry. But what begins as a temporary alliance leads to a lengthy battle for both men to save their reputations, and much, much more. As they soon find out, Corporate America will use all legal means at its disposal to save a billion-dollar-a-year habit. And as the corporate giants soon find out, Bergman and Wigand are honorable men, driven to expose the truth. Also starring Oscar-winner Christopher Plummer as 60 Minutes anchor Mike Wallace, The Insider is an entertaining combination of cover-up conspiracy thriller and journalistic ethics drama filled with unbelievable twists and turns. (Dir. by Michael Mann, 1999, USA, 157 mins., Rated R)