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    Unique ID Code: 0000009578
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    Added on: 23/10/2000 22:23
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    Insider, The (UK)

    8 / 10
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    Warning: exposing the truth may be hazardous
    Certificate: 15
    Running Time: 151 mins
    Retail Price: £19.99
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    Academy Award Winner Al Pacino, gives a powerful performance as veteran 60 minutes producer Lowell Bergman, and Russell Crowe 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 thier 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 as anchor Mike Wallace and Gina Gershon, The Insider will chill you with its cold, hard edge – thrill you with its unbelievable twists and turns.

    Special Features:
    Interactive Menus
    Scene Access
    Production Featurette

    Video Tracks:
    Widescreen Anamorphic 2.35:1

    Audio Tracks:
    Dolby Digital 5.1 English
    Dolby Digital 5.1 Italian

    Subtitle Tracks:
    CC: English

    Directed By:
    Michael Mann

    Written By:

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

    Casting By:
    Bonnie Timmermann

    Soundtrack By:
    Graeme Revell
    Lisa Gerrard
    Pieter Bourke

    Director of Photography:
    Dante Spinotti

    Paul Rubell
    David Rosenbloom
    William Goldenberg

    Costume Designer:
    Anna B. Sheppard

    Production Designer:
    Brian Morris

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

    Buena Vista

    Your Opinions and Comments

    8 / 10
    Michael Mann is responsible for one of the dodgiest TV programmes of my generation, Miami Vice. But the two movies he has directed are out of this world.

    Heat was outstanding and The Insider is excellent. Based on a true story, Russell Crowe is the informant and Al Pacino is the 60 Minutes Producer who wants his story, both are fantastic.

    No extras, but the picture was good. Brilliantly directed and acted a must-see.
    posted by James Clews on 29/12/2000 22:33
    10 / 10
    Film: The best film of 2000. Stunning visuals and superb performances, especially from Russel Crowe. A very powerful and moving film.

    Disc: Great quality picture and sound. Only extra is a 7 minute featurette, but it`s pretty good with short interviews with the real Jeffrey Wigand and Lowell Bergman (the main characters)
    posted by Bud_White on 26/2/2001 20:00
    8 / 10

    A very powerfull and revealing film based on a true story with great performances from Pacino and Crowe


    Not anamorphic but still good quality


    Used well with the music score which is very good


    Just a production featurete which is not too bad, but needed more extras


    A good film which is once again let down by a lack of extras
    posted by mr_m704 on 16/2/2002 18:16
    7 / 10
    Great performances from the main cast including Al Pacino, Russell Crowe and Christopher Plummer, but overall I was a little disappointed with the film itself. It's good, just not outstanding (as I was hoping).

    The disc is fine in the video and audio departments, but let down by shockingly poor extras. While the short featurette we get on the film is above average, and I would go so far as to say, very interesting (mainly due to the inclusion of interviews with the real Wigand and Bergman) - this is far too little! We want more!
    posted by Rich Davies on 21/9/2002 07:15