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Michael Mann directs this gripping expose of the cigarette industry, based on a true story. '60 Minutes' producer Lowell Bergman (Al Pacino) contacts Jeffrey Wigand (Russell Crowe), a former research employee of tobacco giants Brown and Williamson, after being anonymously sent some damning documents regarding the company's activities. Wigand reveals that B&W were aware their product contained dangerously high levels of nicotine - likely to cause cancer - and agrees to be interviewed for Bergman's programme. As a result of this, Wigand is placed under increasing pressure to hold his peace; he receives numerous death threats, his marriage begins to disintegrate, and he becomes the subject of a smear campaign. When Bergman attempts to arrange for Wigand to present a disposition as part of the Mississippi state's case against the tobacco giants, the move is blocked, and it seems that both men's efforts will amount to nothing.
Please note this is a region 2 DVD and will require a region 2 (Europe) or region Free DVD Player in order to play Based on the article The Man Who Knew Too Much THE INSIDER depicts the true story of Jeffrey Wigand (Russell Crowe) a successful scientist who is fired from the Brown & Williamson tobacco company for objecting to certain lab tests He signs a confidentiality agreement to ease the company&39;s nervousness but when hotshot 60 MINUTES producer Lowell Bergman (Al Pacino) recruits Wigand to help him decipher some technical documents he realizes that there&39;s a bigger story hiding inside Wigand Eventually Bergman convinces him to break the agreement and sit for an interview with Mike Wallace (Christopher Plummer) The resulting media frenzy causes Wigand to lose the support of his family and forces Bergman to confront the harsh reality of his business Additionally Wigand is recruited by the state of Mississippi to testify on its behalf that cigarettes are in fact addictive To pay the rent he begins teaching high school chemistry waiting for Bergman to convince the network to air the piece Buckling under corporate pressure CBS pulls the plug which sparks Bergman to leak information to the press As Wigand deals with his personal dilemma Bergman battles the corporation that begins to show its true colors Both men must decide for themselves if they&39;ve made the right choices Like his other films THIEF MANHUNTER and HEAT director Michael Mann takes on the theme of a man trying to do the right thing while trapped by circumstances that could destroy him Once again Mann pulls terrific performances from his entire cast Crowe is outstanding as Jeff Wigand the beleaguered insider who risks everything for the truth Pacino is suitably tenacious as the once-radical producer Bergman and Christopher Plummer is excellent as news anchor Mike Wallace With its brilliant performances and stunning cinematography THE INSIDER is an emotionally intense film that reveals the consequences of standing up for the truth