The Insider


A retelling of the true story of the battle by one of America's top news shows to air an explosive documentary about how the cigarette companies manipulate nicotine in cigarettes. The issue is important because the CEOs of all the American tobacco companies had sworn under oath that they did not believe nicotine to be addictive. A chemist working for the third largest company realised what was going on and was fired for his trouble. His conscience bothered him, and when an opportunity to reveal what he knew came along, he was tempted to take it. Two problems: a non-disclosure agreement he had signed, enforced with financial and legal threats, and the very real physical intimidation he and his family had to endure. The TV network also had to worry about legal action if they aired the program. This may sound very boring but it is an engrossing drama, well worth viewing. Note the runtime.


160 minutes.
No persons under 13 (Language) .
Drama

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Credits

Cast
Al Pacino, Russel Crowe, Christopher Plummer, Diane Venora, Philip Baker Hall
Director
Michael Mann
ScreenplayEric Roth, Michael Mann, from an article by Marie Brenner
MusicPieter Bourke, Lisa Gerrard, Graeme Revell
CinematographyDante Spinotti
Sound formatsDolby Digital, Sony Dynamic Digital Sound, DTS
Made in1999
Produced byForward Pass, Blue Light Productions, Kaitz Productions, Mann/Roth Productions, Touchstone Pictures

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Ratings

Scale (Max)20

What the Critics say

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Ian Douglas
14
Cape Argus
Adrian Monteath
20
The Cape Times
Stephan Hofstätter
10
The Star
Joanna Rix
12
Die Burger
Gabriël Botma
15
Sunday Times
Barry Ronge
15
Rapport
Barrie Hough
18
Beeld
Marius Jooste
14
SA City Life
Tony Jackman
15)
TV3 Screenplay
Sandy Ngema
18
SAfm Saturday Wired
Alan Swerdlow
18
Bos Life
Jean-Pierre Pellissier
16
eye Weekly
Gemma Files
15
Box Office
Annlee Ellingson
13
Rough Cut
Tom Cappello
16
Total Film
Cam Winstanley
15
Film Review
Jason Caro
15
Uncut
Nick Hasted
15

What the People say

Internet
1603 Netizens
17

Average .. 77%

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Visitor Comments

Ian Douglas: An important film about an important topic. Not only does it cover the whole issue of how tobacco companies are actually selling soft drugs, the tremendous power which their wealth brings them, how they lie and deceive to stay in business, but also the tremendous courage required to stand up to such power. The problem of doing the right thing for the whole world even at the cost of your own personal life. Kudos to the chemist and producer for what they did.

Andrew Simpson (17): Takes a while for this film to really grip you but when it does it is absorbing.






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