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The Insider 1999

  • Michael Mann
  • October 28, 1999
  • 157 mins
  • English
  • Drama, Thriller
Two men driven to tell the truth... whatever the cost.
Tells the true story of a 60 Minutes television series exposé of the tobacco industry, as seen through the eyes of a real tobacco executive, Jeffrey Wigand


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I remember the interview with Wigand on 60 Minutes. It really blew my mind. I was a smoker back then, and still am, but that is beside the point. I've always known that smoking is bad for me, and how these pompous assholes could sit there and deny the addictiveness of nicotine and the cancerous effects of different ingredients in their tobacco was infuriating. Then in steps Wigand...and things changed. Not over night, but it changed gradually. That interview was important. It couldn't have been easy, much as the movie shows. Taking into account the fact that it is a dramatization of course...

I have no idea why I haven't watched this one before now. The Insider is a smart and intelligent film, with actors who certainly know what they are doing. Exciting in places, and downright scary in others, the story pushes you along in about two and a half hour who never gets boring. Recommended viewing!!!!

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