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The Insider

7.2
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Original title
The Insider
Year
Running time
151 min.
Country
United States United States
Director
Screenwriter
Eric Roth, Michael Mann (Article: Marie Brenner)
Music
Lisa Gerrard, Pieter Bourke
Cinematography
Dante Spinotti
Cast
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Producer
Touchstone Pictures
Genre
Mystery. Drama | Journalism. Courtroom Drama. Based On A True Story
Synopsis / Plot
Based on the article "The Man Who Knew Too Much," THE INSIDER depicts the true story of Jeffrey Wigand (Russell Crowe), a successful scientist who is fired from the Brown & Williamson tobacco company for objecting to certain lab tests. He signs a confidentiality agreement to ease the company's nervousness, but when hotshot 60 MINUTES producer Lowell Bergman (Al Pacino) recruits Wigand to help him decipher some technical documents, he realizes that there's a bigger story hiding inside Wigand. Eventually Bergman convinces him to break the agreement and sit for an interview with Mike Wallace (Christopher Plummer). The resulting media frenzy causes Wigand to lose the support of his family and forces Bergman to confront the harsh reality of his business. Additionally, Wigand is recruited by the state of Mississippi to testify on its behalf that cigarettes are, in fact, addictive. To pay the rent, he begins teaching high school chemistry, waiting for Bergman to convince the network to air the piece. Buckling under corporate pressure, CBS pulls the plug, which sparks Bergman to leak information to the press. As Wigand deals with his personal dilemma, Bergman battles the corporation that begins to show its true colors. Both men must decide for themselves if they've made the right choices.
Awards
1999: 7 Nominations for Oscar, including Best Cinematography, Director, Editing, Sound
1999: 5 Nominations for Golden Globe, including Best Director, Movie - Drama
1999: Nominated for BAFTA Awards: Best Actor (Russell Crowe)
1999: Los Angeles Film Critics: Best Movie, Actor, Supporting Actor
1999: 2 Awards National Board of Review: Freedom of Expression and Actor (Crowe)
1999: Critics' Choice Awards: Best Actor (Russell Crowe). 2 Nominations
1999: New York Film Critics Circle: 2 Nominations inc. Best Actor (Crowe)
1999: Producers Guild Awards (PGA): Nominated for Best Film
1999: Directors Guild of America (DGA): Nominated for Best Director
1999: Writers Guild of America (WGA): Nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay
1999: Screen Actors Guild (SAG): Nominated for Best Actor (Crowe)
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