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The Insider

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Michael Mann

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About the Movie

Jeffrey Wigand was a central witness in the lawsuits filed by Mississippi and 49 other states against the tobacco industry which eventually were settled for 246 billion. Wigand, former head of research and development and a corporate officer at Brown and Williamson, was a top scientist, the ultimate insider. No one like him had ever gone public before. Meanwhile, Lowell Bergman, investigative reporter and "60 Minutes" producer, mostly for Mike Wallace segments, arranged a legal defense team for Wigand and taped the famous Wallace interview with its devastating testimony. However, before the most newsworthy "60 Minutes" segment in years could air, Bergman would lose to a CBS corporate decision to kill it and would experience breakdown and bitter divisions within "60 Minutes." Wigand would find himself sued, targeted in a national smear campaign, divorced and facing possible incarceration. Wigand, having wagered so much and now unable to deliver his testimony to the American people, and Bergman, trying to defeat the smear campaign and force CBS to air the interview, are two ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances. They find themselves in a fight from which no one will emerge as he entered and nothing will be the same again.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 134
  • Fresh: 129
  • Rotten: 5
  • Average Rating: 8.1/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: A vigorous and engrossing exercise in '70s - conspiracy - movie nostalgia. – Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly, Sep 7, 2011

Fresh: Mann turns a moral issue into riveting suspense. – Peter Travers, Rolling Stone, Nov 24, 2006

Fresh: The Insider has the customary flair associated with Mann and lenser Dante Spinotti. – Todd McCarthy, Variety, Jul 7, 2010

Fresh: Powerfully and elegantly, The Insider reveals a chilling reality: how hard it is to tell a simple truth when big business doesn't want it told. – David Ansen, Newsweek, Mar 5, 2018

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Customer Reviews

A "Mann" of a movie

This film is quiet, intense, and ultimately, extremely moving. I literally burst into tears twice, the way you do when you've recieved bad news or seen something dreadful, so complete was my empathy for the character of Jeffrey Wigand . The anger, helplessness, and puzzled confusion at being punished for telling the truth felt all too familiar to me. And to his credit Micheal Mann's cinematgraphy any movie he directs at least a 4 stars.

The Truth Inside Big Tabacco.

The Insider is the briliant true story of standing up for what you know is right. This theme, supported by Al Pacino, Russle Crowe, and the awesome eye of Micheal Mann (Heat, Collateral, Miami Vice), is delivered in an awesome package throughout The Insider. The way Mann balanced the internal conflics the characters went through and the suspense of how the truth would be delivered was simply genius. Keeps you enthraled untill the end, awesome performances throughout, genius dialouge, delivered in the only way Michael Mann knows: Awesomeness. If you like intense dramas based on true events, this movie was made for you. Even if you aren't too hot in the drama scene I suggest you give this movie a shot anyways because it's just interesting and at the same time shocking about the Big Tabacco Corp. and how they would do anything to keep the deadly truth concealed.

Michael Mann's Masterpiece

The best film on Itunes at the moment. Crowe, Pacino, an expertly paced thriller about contemporary journalism. Sound boring? Trust me, this movie packs more tension in its 160 minutes than the 10 minute bank robbery scene in Mann's "Heat." Download now!!

The Insider
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  • $17.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 1999

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