Despite, threats of persecution, an all-out smear campaign, and subtle death threats, a scientist at one of the 7 major tobacco companies goes public with damaging information against Big Tobacco, blowing the whistle that the CEOs perjured themselves in front of congress. Will a producer in '60 Minutes' manage to air the truth, or will CBS pull the plug on the interview?
Production Year: 1999
February 5, 2013 06:00 (KSA) ~ February 5, 2013 05:00 (CLT)
Russell Crowe portrays Jeffrey Wigand, a research scientist for a highly popular cigarette manufacturer. When his bosses instruct him to add addictive, carcinogenic chemicals to cigarettes, Wigand resigns on moral grounds. Before doing so, however, he is forced to sign a non-disclosure agreement.
Soon afterward 60 Minutes producer Lowell Bergman (Al Pacino) receives an anonymous letter in the mail exposing the company's nefarious behavior. He enlists the help of Wigand to analyze the documents' technical jargon, and subsequently reveals his inside knowledge of the scandal.
The story is initially held due to the tobacco company's ability to sue CBS if they air damaging information, and eventually an edited version of the interview is aired. Bergman eventually goes public with the story, airing the full interview, but in the process faces corruption at the highest echelons of his TV network. Disillusioned with how the truth was easily silenced, Bergman is left with no choice but to resign CBS.
The Insider was nominated for seven Oscars and five Golden Globes.
- Al Pacino
- Russell Crowe
- Christopher Plummer
- Diane Venora
- Philip Baker Hall
Directed by: Michael Mann
Rating: R for language.