The Insider

DVD - 1999
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Insider
When former executive Jeffrey Wigand is fired by his employer, one of the largest tobacco companies in America, Wigand agrees to become a paid consultant for a story by veteran 60 minutes producer Lowell Bergman, regarding alleged unethical practices within the tobacco industry. But what begins as a temporary alliance leads to a lengthy battle for both men to save their reputations and more.


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After Jeffrey Wigand is fired from his job as a tobacco company executive he agrees to go on the legendary news show 60 minutes. Instead of a sensational story, informant and the reporter get caught in a tangled web of legal backlashes, self-censorship, and smears of their reputations.

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May 09, 2014
  • dthomas6 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Riveting. Tense. Best part: Bruce McGill's turn as a courtroom attorney made the hair on my arms stand up.

Feb 05, 2014
  • Scaltro rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

agreed - first ten minutes is misleading. but the rest-amazing. well-played. kept my interest.

Feb 21, 2013
  • rationallady rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Outstanding acting all around.

Dec 03, 2012
  • VRMurphy rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Wanted to re-watch to see if my memory of it held up - and it did. Pacino and Crowe may both have won Oscars for other films, but they earned them in this one.

Oct 09, 2012
  • Green_Bird_203 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

The first 10 minutes is to show that Al Pacino is a kind of TV producer who puts his life on the line, goes wherever it takes and deliver. Powerful, convincing performances by Pacino, Crowe and Plummer -truly professional actors. Also, Bruce McGill's performance, though a small role, as a trial lawyer was outstanding. He will eat you alive!

Sep 19, 2012
  • Ron@Ottawa rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

An excellent film about a whistle blower and the involvement of the 60-minutes TV program to expose the misconduct of several major and powerful tobacco companies in the US a few decades back. Excellent acting by all lead actors, and a tight and gripping plot.

Aug 16, 2012
  • akirakato rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

At the opening, a hooded man appears as if he were a hostage captured by Islamic militants.
What's going on?
He turns out to be Lowell Bergman (played by Pacino) who will interview Hezbollah founder Sheikh Fadlallah.
Why in Lebanon?
How come Hezbollah founder shows up in a tabacco conspiracy film?
I was mainly interested in the tabacco conspiracy, not in the Middle East hostage movie.
The first ten-minute is really misleading.
I thought I'd grabbed the wrong DVD with the same title! :)
The director should've cut out the first 10-minute.
Despite the somewhat misleading introduction, the film is quite fascinating and thought-provoking.
It is like a "Watergate" in the tabacco industry.

Sep 20, 2011
  • kwarah rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Very intriguing excellent film,,,

It's terrifying to see the powers of corporate America, bullying, intimidating, monopolizing & SILENCING the media & THREATENING American citizens.

WOW,,,, It seems, even calling for "protection" from those who SWORE to "protect & serve" is another drama.

Sad to see people & their families are just expendable & can be broken apart by corporate mafias, under any name.

Feb 07, 2010

Riveting. excellent performances. tobacco conspiracy.

Dec 08, 2009
  • inescudna24 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

One of the best films of 1999.

Everytime i seen this film on tv or dvd I can not stop watching it.

The movie is about a wghistle blower is fed up that he was fired from his job and is finding it hard to support his family decides to become a whistle blower after the producer of 60 minutes convinces him that it his right to tell the world about how much damage cigarrettes can cause to a person.

Al Pacino is very good as the producer of 60 minutes who puts his life on the line to help the whistle blower and to put the story out there fro the public to see all the mean while his boss at 60 minutes is telling him they wont air it.....his whistle blower loses his family and is getting paranoid and at the same time is summoned to appear in court and will be sued if he does the interview by his ex- boss.

This is a terrifc film with Russell crowe in top form as the whistle blower, al pacino as his freind and producer, phillip baker hall as Pacino's boss, diane Venora as Russell's wife and a tour de force from christopher plummer as mike wallace.

Absolutly brilliant

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