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2,832 Ratings

The Insider

Directed by Michael Mann
United States, 1999
Drama, Biography, Thriller


This is the true story of Jeffrey Wigand, a tobacco industry whistleblower, as he came under fire for a 60 Minutes interview he gave. Although the story was pulled, Wigand was the subject of numerous lawsuits and smear campaigns.

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The Insider Directed by Michael Mann

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

2000 | 7 nominations including: Best Picture

National Board of Review

1999 | 2 wins including: Best Actor

BAFTA Awards

2000 | Nominee: Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role

Despite the crutch of his reliance on eyeglasses always sliding down his nose, Russell Crowe has never been better than in The Insider, a gripping whistleblower thriller and surely the best ever film based on a Vanity Fair article (by Marie Brenner). The Insider succeeds because it starts small (the background of a 60 Minutes segment exposing tobacco industry malfeasance) and locates extreme drama and righteous anger as it meticulously fans out and zooms in.
February 04, 2016
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…Now, as a Mann acolyte, I can see how he’s working out several of the techniques that will come to define his digital work. The shot/reverse shot sequences, especially, are disorientingly close, sides of ears floating in collapsed space. Both this and Ali seem like the prestige films that lead Mann back, from Collateral on, to pulp poetics. Crowe is terrific in ways I didn’t appreciate on first view—a charismatic star wearing a fitted yet suffocating middle-class "person suit.
August 02, 2015
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Mann’s meticulous directorial style applied to such a carefully constructed screenplay resulted in one of his finest films. “The Insider” may seem like an anomaly in Mann’s filmography, riddled with thieves, gunmen and cops on the brink, but they all share a Hawksian sense of men staring down convention and overwhelming odds.
July 16, 2014
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