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: http://www.bvhe.com
Available on VHS, DVD
Running time 157 minutes.
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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