Year of Release: 1999
Director: Michael Mann
Approx. Running Time: 158 minutes
My Rating: 3 stars (Out of 5)
From Back Cover:
-The Washington Post
"Two Thumbs Up!"
-Roger Ebert & The Movies
The Insider recounts the chain of events that pitted an ordinary man against the tobacco industry, and dragged two people into the fight of their lives.
Academy Award Winner Al Pacino (Any Given Sunday, The Devil's Advocate) gives a powerful performance as veteran 60 Minutes producer Lowell Bergman, and Russell Crowe (L.A. Confidential, Mystery, Alaska) co-stars as the ultimate insider, former tobacco executive Dr. Jeffrey Wigand. When Wigand is fired by his employer - one of the largest tobacco companies in America - he agrees to become a paid consultant for a story Bergman is working on regarding the 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 much, much more.
As they soon find out, Corporate America will use all legal means at their disposal to save a billion-dollar-a-year habit. And as the corporate giants soon find out, Bergman and Wigand are honorable men, driven to smoke out the evidence.
Also starring Christopher Plummer (Malcolm X) as anchor Mike Wallace and Gina Gershon (Face/Off), The Insider will chill you with its cold, har edge - and thrill you with its unbelievable twists and turns.
I gave this film a three star rating because it's been too long since I last watched it to give it an accurate review. It won a lot of critical acclaim and is said by most to be a gripping film and one of Crowe's strongest performances. That being said, it may very well get a higher rating once I watch it again.
Rated R (MPAA)
1999 (Year Of Release)