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The Insider (1999)

Written By Awir Aditya on Monday, July 6, 2009 | 2:45 AM


Genre: Drama

Starring : Al Pacino, Russel Crowe, Christopher Plummer

Based on a true story, Dr. Jefferey Wigand (Crowe) is a scientist working at a tobacco company, Brown & Williamson. Lowell Bergman is the producer of a TV programme '60 Minutes' and who wants to do a show on the injurious nature of tobacco. When Wigand gets fired from his company, Bergman approaches him to be a source for his TV show. Wigand, however is bound by a confidentiality agreement wherein he is not allowed to divulge vital information of the company to any outsider. To get around this agreement, Wigand acts as a witness in a court of law which would then allow him to state whatever he wishes to on Lowell's show. Lowell's company, CBS News orders him to pull off the show due to the possibility of facing a heavy law suit. Lowell is compromised and Bergman has nowhere to go. A good and well executed story and brilliant acting by Crowe and Pacino. The movie however, would have been better had there been a bit more drama and thrills to contain the suspense.

Rating: 7.2/10
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