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The Insider In Michael Mann's engrossing exercise in '70s-conspiracy-movie nostalgia, Lowell Bergman (Al Pacino), a producer at 60 Minutes, makes contact...The InsiderMystery and Thriller, Drama, HistoricalR In Michael Mann's engrossing exercise in '70s-conspiracy-movie nostalgia, Lowell Bergman (Al Pacino), a producer at 60 Minutes, makes contact...1999-11-12Michael Gambon
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The Insider

Genre: Mystery and Thriller, Drama, Historical; Starring: Russell Crowe, Al Pacino, Michael Gambon; Director: Michael Mann; MPAA Rating: R

In Michael Mann’s engrossing exercise in ’70s-conspiracy-movie nostalgia, Lowell Bergman (Al Pacino), a producer at 60 Minutes, makes contact with a chemist named Jeffrey Wigand (Russell Crowe) and convinces him to reveal that tobacco companies fiddled with the nicotine content of cigarettes. The movie, which anatomizes the corporate-media culture as an ominous vertical system, presents CBS’ decision not to run the story as the end of Western journalistic integrity as we know it. Except that the system didn’t fail—it triumphed. (It was 60 Minutes that failed.) The Insider is a good but far from great movie because it presents truth telling in America as far more imperiled than it is. As Mike Wallace, Christopher Plummer is the juicy quintessence of ham. B

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