The Insider Movie Review 1999

Information and Film Reviews for The Insider the Movie

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3.0 4.0 from 1 reviews

Riveting and controversial film that caused a real-life snit at "60 Minutes" over the facts and portrayals in the story. After Jeffrey Wigand (Crowe) is fired from his top-level tobacco company job, he turns whistleblower, claiming his former employers lied about the dangers of cigarettes. Veteran "60 Minutes" producer Lowell Bergman (Pacino) and newsman Mike Wallace (Plummer) pursue the story--only to be shot down by their own network. The fallout causes ethical consequences for all involved. Performances are outstanding--from the chameleon Crowe to the relatively subdued Pacino and the slyly pompous Plummer. Based on a "Vanity Fair" magazine article.


Buena Vista Home Entertainment, 500 S. Buena Vista St., Burbank, CA 91521-1120, Toll-free: 800-723-4763, URL:

Available on VHS, DVD
Running time 157 minutes.

Cast and Crew

True Stories, News at 11, Corporate Shenanigans, Front Page, Adapted from an Article
Michael Mann, Eric Roth
Russell Crowe, Al Pacino, Christopher Plummer, Gina Gershon, Philip Baker Hall, Diane Venora, Lindsay Crouse, Debi Mazar, Stephen Tobolowsky, Colm Feore, Bruce McGill, Michael Gambon, Rip Torn, Lynne Thigpen, Hallie Kate Eisenberg, Michael Paul Chan, Wings Hauser, Pete Hamill, Nestor Serrano, Michael Moore
Dante Spinotti
Michael Mann
Graeme Revell
Pieter Jan Brugge, Forward Pass Productions, Touchstone Pictures


L.A. Film Critics 1999: Actor (Crowe), Cinematog., Film, Support. Actor (Plummer); Natl. Bd. of Review 1999: Actor (Crowe); Natl. Soc. Film Critics 1999: Actor (Crowe), Support. Actor (Plummer); Broadcast Film Critics 1999: Actor (Crowe).

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