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A rising star in the agricultural industry suddenly turns whistleblower in hopes of gaining a lucrative promotion and becoming a hero of the common people, inadvertently revealing his penchant for helping himself to the corporate coffers and ultimately threatening to derail the very investigation he helped to launch in this offbeat comedy from Academy Award-winning director Steven Soderbergh. Mark Whitacre (Matt Damon) was fast rising through the ranks at agri-industry powerhouse Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) when he became savvy to the company's multinational price-fixing conspiracy, and decided to turn evidence for the FBI. Convinced that he'll be hailed as a hero of the people for his efforts, Whitacre agrees to wear a wire in order to gather the evidence needed to convict the greedy money-grabbers at ADM. Unfortunately, both the case -- and Whitacre's integrity -- are compromised when FBI agents become frustrated by their informant's ever-shifting account, and discover that he isn't exactly the saintly figure he made himself out to be. Unable to discern reality from Whitacre's fantasy as they struggle to build their case against ADM, the FBI watches in horror as the highest-ranking corporate bust in U.S. history threatens to implode before their very eyes. Scott Bakula, Joel McHale, and Melanie Lynskey co-star. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

  • Release date:September 18, 2009


Awarded by
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Matt Damon Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy 2009 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Marvin Hamlisch Best Original Score 2009 Nominee


Matt Damon
as Mark Whitacre
Scott Bakula
as FBI Special Agent Brian Shepard
Joel McHale
as FBI Special Agent Bob Herndon
Melanie Lynskey
as Ginger Whitacre
Rick Overton
as Terry Wilson
Tom Papa
as Mick Andreas
Tony Hale
as James Epstein
Adam Paul
as FBI Special Agent Michael Bassett
Paul F. Tompkins
as FBI Special Agent Anthony D'Angelo
William Marsh
as FBI Special Agent Ken Temples
Joshua Funk
as FBI Special Agent Robert Grant
Ann Dowd
as FBI Special Agent Kate Medford
Allan Havey
as FBI Special Agent Dean Paisley
Lucas Carroll
as Alexander Whitacre
Clancy Brown
as Aubrey Daniel
Patton Oswalt
as Ed Herbst
Hans Tester
as Peter Dryer
Wayne Pere
as Sheldon Zenner
Rome Kanda
as Hirokazu Ikeda
Raymond Ma
as Kanji Mimoto
Dann Seki
as Joon Mo Suh
Yoshio Be
as Kazutoshi Yamada
Jayden Lund
as James Mutchnik
Eddie Jemison
as Kirk Schmidt
Candy Clark
as Mark Whitacre's Mother
Frank Welker
as Mark Whitacre's Father
Tom Wilson
as Mark Cheviron
Ludger Pistor
as Reinhard Richter
Scott Adsit
as Sid Hulse
Rusty Schwimmer
as Liz Taylor
Dick Smothers
as Judge Harold Baker
Tom Smothers
as Dwayne Andreas
Bob Zany
as John Dowd
Joseph Chrest
as Visiting Client
Ann Cusack
as Robin Mann
Samantha Albert
as Mary Spearing
Jimmy Brogan
as Dr. Derek Miller
Richard S. Horvitz
as Bob Zaideman
Daniel Hagen
as Scott Roberts
Andrew Daly
as Marty Allison
Larry Clarke
as Whitacre's Second Attorney
Chic Daniel
as FBI Agent at Raid
Steve Seagren
as Correctional Officer


Steven Soderbergh
Gregory Jacobs
Kurt Eichenwald
Howard Braunstein
Michael Jaffe
Jennifer Fox
Scott Z. Burns
Kurt Eichenwald
Book Author
Peter Andrews
Marvin Hamlisch
Composer (Music Score)
Stephen Mirrione
Doug Meerdink
Production Designer
David E. Scott
Art Director
William Hunter
Art Director
Michael Polaire
Jeff Skoll
Executive Producer
George Clooney
Executive Producer
Michael London
Executive Producer
Jane Wuu
Set Designer
Dawn Brown Manser
Set Designer
Daniel Clancy
Set Decorator
Shoshana Rubin
Costume Designer
Larry Blake
Sound/Sound Designer
Dennis Towns
Sound/Sound Designer
Gregory Jacobs
First Assistant Director
Carmen Cuba
Michael Polaire
Unit Production Manager
Jody Spilkoman
Second Assistant Director
Robin Le Chanu
Unit Production Manager
John Robotham
Stunts Coordinator
Rick LeFevour
Stunts Coordinator