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Added on: 26/4/2000 13:39
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Insider, The (US)

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Warning: Exposing the truth may be hazardous
Certificate: R
Running Time: 158 mins
Retail Price: $32.99
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The Insider recounts the chain of events that pitted an ordinary man against the tobacco industry, and dragged two people into the fight of their lives.

Academy Award Winner Al Pacino (Any Given Sunday, The Devil`s Advocate) gives a powerful performance as veteran 60 Minutes producer Lowell Bergman, and Russell Crowe (L.A. Confidential, Mystery, Alaska) co-stars as the ultimate insider, former tobacco executive Dr. Jeffery Wigand. When Wigand is fired by his employer, one of the largest tobacco companies in America, he agrees to become a paid consultant for a story Bergman is working on regarding alleged unethical practices within the tobacco industry. But what begins as a temporary alliance leads to a lengthy battle for both men to save their reputations, and much, much more.

As they soon find out, Corporate America will use all legal means at their disposal to save a billion-dollar-a-year habit. And as the corporate giants soon find out, Bergman and Wigand are honorable men, driven to smoke out the evidence.

Also starring Christopher Plummer (Malcolm X) as anchor Mike Wallace and Gina Gershon (Face/Off), The Insider will chill you with its cold, hard edge, and thrill you with its unbelievable twists and turns.

Special Features:
Interactive Menus
Scene Access
Theatrical Trailer
Production Featurette - Audio Commentary with Al Pacino and Russell Crowe
Inside A Scene

Video Tracks:
Widescreen Anamorphic 2.35:1

Audio Tracks:
Dolby Digital 5.1 English

Subtitle Tracks:
CC: English

Directed By:
Michael Mann

Written By:

Philip Baker Hall
Christopher Plummer
Al Pacino
Lindsay Crouse
Diane Venora
Russell Crowe

Casting By:
Bonnie Timmermann

Soundtrack By:
Lisa Gerrard
Graeme Revell
Pieter Bourke

Director of Photography:
Dante Spinotti

David Rosenbloom
Paul Rubell
William Goldenberg

Costume Designer:
Anna B. Sheppard

Production Designer:
Brian Morris

Michael Waxman
Michael Mann
Pieter Jan Brugge
Kathleen M. Shea
Gusmano Cesaretti

Buena Vista
Disney Pictures

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10 / 10
posted by ad6 on 31/7/2000 23:25
10 / 10
One of the best films of the 90`s, bar none. A good story of the sacrifices needed to to get the the all importnat truth. Pristene print too.

Warner come on, more features.
posted by Richard73 on 16/10/2000 23:39
7 / 10
A slow drama about one man trying to challenge the entire tobacco industry. Not as intense as I was hoping for, but satisfying overall.
The video transfer is ok. No signs of compression at all.
The DD 5.1 soundtrack is somehow flat. The surrounds are only used on 1 or 2 occasions.
The menus are animated yet are simple.
The extras include a rather dull behind the scenes featurette and a nice inside a scene feature.
Bottom line, despite the occasional yawn, a good movie.
posted by Zvi Josef on 29/10/2000 20:51