The Insider (film)

The Insider
The insider movie poster 1999.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byMichael Mann
Written by
Based on"The Man Who Knew Too Much"
by Marie Brenner
Produced by
CinematographyDante Spinotti
Edited by
Music by
Distributed byBuena Vista Pictures Distribution
Release date
  • November 5, 1999 (1999-11-05)
Running time
158 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$68–90 million[1]
Box office$60.3 million

The Insider is a 1999 American drama film directed by Michael Mann, from a script adapted by Eric Roth and Mann from Marie Brenner's 1996 Vanity Fair article "The Man Who Knew Too Much". It stars Al Pacino and Russell Crowe, with supporting actors including Christopher Plummer, Bruce McGill, Diane Venora and Michael Gambon.

A fictionalized account of a true story, it is based on the 60 Minutes segment about Jeffrey Wigand, a whistleblower in the tobacco industry,[2] covering his and CBS producer Lowell Bergman's struggles as they defend his testimony against efforts to discredit and suppress it by CBS and Wigand's former employer.

Though not a box office success, The Insider was praised for Crowe's portrayal of Wigand, and Mann's direction. It was nominated for seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Actor in a Leading Role (for Russell Crowe).

  1. ^ Cite error: The named reference numbers was invoked but never defined (see the help page).
  2. ^ The Insider (Motion picture). Touchstone Pictures. 1999. Event occurs at 2:33:32. Although based on a true story, certain elements in this motion picture have been fictionalized for dramatic effect.

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