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The Insider tells the true story of a man who decided to tell the world what the seven major tobacco companies knew (and concealed) about the dangers of their product. Jeffrey Wigand (Russell Crowe) was a scientist employed in research for a tobacco firm, Brown and Williamson. Not long after he was fired by Brown and Williamson, Wigand came into contact with Lowell Bergman (Al Pacino), a producer for 60 Minutes who worked closely with journalist Mike Wallace (played here by Christopher Plummer). Bergman arranged for Wigand to be interviewed by Wallace for a 60 Minutes expose on the cigarette industry, though Wigand was still bound by a confidentiality agreement not to discuss his employment with the company. Despite Wigand's willingness to talk, CBS pulled his interview from at the last minute after Brown and Williamson threatened a multi-billion dollar lawsuit. The staff of 60 Minutes and CBS News were soon embroiled in an internal struggle over the killing of the story, and Wigand found himself the subject of lawsuits and a smear campaign, without his full story reaching the public. The Insider was directed by Michael Mann and also features Diane Venora, Philip Baker Hall, Debi Mazar, Colm Feore, and Rip Torn. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:November 5, 1999

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Lee Orloff Best Sound 1999 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Lisa Gerrard Best Original Score 1999 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Paul Rubell Best Editing 1999 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Pieter Bourke Best Original Score 1999 Nominee
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Dante Spinotti Best Cinematography 1999 Winner
American Society of Cinematographers Dante Spinotti Best Cinematography 1999 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Dante Spinotti Best Cinematography 1999 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Michael Mann Best Director 1999 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Michael Mann Best Screenplay 1999 Nominee
Writers Guild of America Michael Mann Best Adapted Screenplay 1999 Nominee
Directors Guild of America Michael Mann Best Director - Feature Film 1999 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Michael Mann Best Director 1999 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Michael Mann Best Adapted Screenplay 1999 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Michael Mann Best Picture 1999 Nominee
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Russell Crowe Best Actor 1999 Winner
Broadcast Film Critics Association Russell Crowe Best Actor 1999 Winner
National Board of Review Russell Crowe Best Actor 1999 Winner
National Society of Film Critics Russell Crowe Best Actor 1999 Winner
Screen Actors Guild Russell Crowe Best Actor 1999 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Russell Crowe Best Actor 1999 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Russell Crowe Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama 1999 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Russell Crowe Best Actor 1999 Nominee
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Christopher Plummer Best Supporting Actor 1999 Winner
National Society of Film Critics Christopher Plummer Best Supporting Actor 1999 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Pieter Jan Brugge Best Picture 1999 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Eric Roth Best Screenplay 1999 Nominee
Writers Guild of America Eric Roth Best Adapted Screenplay 1999 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Eric Roth Best Adapted Screenplay 1999 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences David Rosenbloom Best Editing 1999 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Doug Hemphill Best Sound 1999 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Andy Nelson Best Sound 1999 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences William C. Goldenberg Best Editing 1999 Nominee

Cast

Al Pacino
as Lowell Bergman
Russell Crowe
as Jeffrey Wigand
Christopher Plummer
as Mike Wallace
Diane Venora
as Liane Wigand
Philip Baker Hall
as Don Hewitt
Lindsay Crouse
as Sharon Tiller
Debi Mazar
as Debbie De Luca
Stephen Tobolowsky
as Eric Kluster
Colm Feore
as Richard Scruggs
Bruce McGill
as Ron Motley
Gina Gershon
as Helen Caperelli
Michael Gambon
as Thomas Sandefur
Rip Torn
as John Scanlon
Lynne Thigpen
as Mrs. Williams
Hallie Kate Eisenberg
as Barbara Wigand
Michael Paul Chan
as Norman the Cameraman
Linda Hart
as Mrs. Wigand
Robert Harper
as Mark Stern
Nestor Serrano
as FBI Agent Robertson
Pete Hamill
as N.Y. Times Reporter
Wings Hauser
as Tobacco Lawyer
Cliff Curtis
as Sheikh Fadlallah
Renee Olstead
as Deborah Wigand

Crew

Michael Mann
Director
Michael Mann
Producer
Pieter Jan Brugge
Producer
Eric Roth
Screenwriter
Michael Mann
Screenwriter
Dante Spinotti
Cinematographer
Graeme Revell
Composer (Music Score)
Pieter Bourke
Composer (Music Score)
Lisa Gerrard
Composer (Music Score)
Paul Rubell
Editor
William C. Goldenberg
Editor
David Rosenbloom
Editor
Brian Morris
Production Designer
Avi Avivi
Art Director
James Tocci
Art Director
John Kasarda
Art Director
Michael Waxman
Co-producer
Kathleen M. Shea
Associate Producer
Gusmano Cesaretti
Associate Producer
Darrell L. Wight
Set Designer
Chris Spellman
Set Designer
Beth Kushnick
Set Designer
Nancy Haigh
Set Designer
Lynn Christopher
Set Designer
Kelly Hannafin
Set Designer
Anna Sheppard
Costume Designer
Lee Orloff
Sound/Sound Designer
Andy Nelson
Sound/Sound Designer
Doug Hemphill
Sound/Sound Designer
Michael Waxman
First Assistant Director
Bonnie Timmermann
Casting
Gregg Baxter
Sound Editor
Marie Brenner
Short Story Author
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