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The Informant!

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Original title
The Informant!
Running time
108 min.
United States United States
Scott Z. Burns (Book: Kurt Eichenwald)
Marvin Hamlisch
Steven Soderbergh
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Warner Bros. Pictures / Groundswell Productions / Participant Media / Section Eight / Jaffe / Braunstein Enterprise
Comedy. Thriller. Drama | Crime. Spy Film
Synopsis / Plot
The U.S. government decides to go after an agri-business big corporation with a price-fixing accusation, based on the evidence submitted by their star witness, vice president turned informant Mark Whitacre (Matt Damon). A rising star at agri-industry giant Archer Daniels Midland (ADM), Whitacre suddenly turns whistleblower. Even as he exposes his company's multi-national price-fixing conspiracy to the FBI, Whitacre envisions himself being hailed as a hero of the common man and handed a promotion. But before all that can happen, the FBI needs evidence, so Whitacre eagerly agrees to wear a wire and carry a hidden tape recorder in his briefcase, imagining himself as a kind of de facto secret agent.

Unfortunately for the FBI, their lead witness hasn't been quite so forthcoming about helping himself to the corporate coffers. Whitacre's ever-changing account frustrates the agents (Scott Bakula and Joel McHale) and threatens the case against ADM as it becomes almost impossible to decipher what is real and what is the product of Whitacre's active imagination.

Based on the true story of the highest-ranking corporate whistleblower in U.S. history.
2009: 2 Nominations for Golden Globes: Actor Comedy or Musical (Damon), OST
2009: Satellite Awards: Nominated for Best Picture Comedy & Actor (Damon)
2009: Nominated for Critics' Choice Awards: Best Score
2009: Chicago Film Critics Awards: 3 Nominations including Best Actor (Damon)
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