A report on The Insider (film)

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1999 American drama film directed by Michael Mann, from a screenplay adapted by Eric Roth and Mann from Marie Brenner's 1996 Vanity Fair article "The Man Who Knew Too Much".

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60 Minutes

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American television news magazine broadcast on the CBS television network.

American television news magazine broadcast on the CBS television network.

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Since the show's inception in 1968, the opening of 60 Minutes features a stopwatch. The Aristo (Heuer) design first appeared in 1978. On October 29, 2006, the background changed to red, the title text color changed to white, and the stopwatch was shifted to the upright position. This version was used from 1992 to 2006 (the Square 721 type was changed in 1998).
Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton A. Schwartz in an interview with Lara Logan, April 15, 2009.
Henry Schuster at the 68th Annual Peabody Awards for 60 Minutes-Lifeline

The incident was turned into a seven-times Oscar-nominated feature film entitled The Insider, directed by Michael Mann and starring Russell Crowe as Wigand, Al Pacino as Bergman, and Christopher Plummer as Mike Wallace.

Mann at the 2014 Comic-Con International

Michael Mann

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American director, screenwriter, and producer of film and television who is best known for his distinctive style of crime drama.

American director, screenwriter, and producer of film and television who is best known for his distinctive style of crime drama.

Mann at the 2014 Comic-Con International

His most acclaimed works include the films Thief (1981), Manhunter (1986), The Last of the Mohicans (1992), Heat (1995), The Insider (1999), Collateral (2004), and Public Enemies (2009).

Wigand in 2006

Jeffrey Wigand

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American biochemist and whistleblower.

American biochemist and whistleblower.

Wigand in 2006

This was adapted for 1999 film The Insider, with Russell Crowe portraying Wigand.

Brown & Williamson

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U.S. tobacco company and a subsidiary of multinational British American Tobacco that produced several popular cigarette brands.

U.S. tobacco company and a subsidiary of multinational British American Tobacco that produced several popular cigarette brands.

Advertisement of the Tube Rose snuff tobacco, from a catalog of the 1920 North Carolina State Fair

Its former vice-president of research and development, Jeffrey Wigand, was the whistleblower in an investigation conducted by CBS news program 60 Minutes, an event that was dramatized in the film The Insider (1999).

Pacino at the US Embassy, Argentina, in 2016

Al Pacino

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American actor.

American actor.

Pacino at the US Embassy, Argentina, in 2016
Pacino in the play The Basic Training of Pavlo Hummel in 1977
Pacino with James Caan circa 1972
Pacino as Frank Serpico in 1973
Pacino at the 1996 Cannes Film Festival
Pacino at the 2004 Venice Film Festival
Pacino at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival

Other notable portrayals include Tony Montana in Scarface (1983), Carlito Brigante in Carlito's Way (1993), Benjamin Ruggiero in Donnie Brasco (1997), and Lowell Bergman in The Insider (1999).

Plummer in 2014

Christopher Plummer

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Canadian actor.

Canadian actor.

Plummer in 2014
Photograph by Carl Van Vechten, 1959
Plummer with President Ronald Reagan at the White House, 1985
Plummer in 1964
Plummer in Vampire in Venice, 1988
Plummer in 2007
Plummer at the premiere for The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, 2009
Plummer in 1987
Plummer at the Toronto International Film Festival, 2009
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Plummer played numerous major historical figures, including Commodus in The Fall of the Roman Empire (1964), Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington in Waterloo (1970), Rudyard Kipling in The Man Who Would Be King (1975), Mike Wallace in The Insider (1999), Leo Tolstoy in The Last Station (2009), Kaiser Wilhelm II in The Exception (2016), and J. Paul Getty in All the Money in the World (2017).

Bergman in 2013

Lowell Bergman

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American journalist, television producer and professor of journalism.

American journalist, television producer and professor of journalism.

Bergman in 2013

The story of his investigation into the tobacco industry was chronicled in Michael Mann’s The Insider, which was nominated for seven Academy Awards.

Crowe in 2017

Russell Crowe

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Actor and filmmaker.

Actor and filmmaker.

Crowe in 2017
Crowe at the premiere of The Insider in Washington D.C., 1999
Crowe singing at an open mic night at O'Reilly's Pub in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, 13 June 2005
Moreton Bay Fig donated by The Crowe Family in Centennial Park, New South Wales
Crowe with then-wife Danielle Spencer in September 2011
Crowe escorted from NYPD in handcuffs on a perp walk to his arraignment for the phone throwing incident, 6 June 2005
Crowe on the pitch at a North Sydney Bears game

He gained recognition for his roles in the crime film L.A. Confidential (1997) and the drama The Insider (1999).

Marie Brenner

Marie Brenner

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American author, investigative journalist and writer-at-large for Vanity Fair.

American author, investigative journalist and writer-at-large for Vanity Fair.

Marie Brenner

Her 1996 Vanity Fair article on tobacco insider Jeffrey Wigand, "The Man Who Knew Too Much", inspired the 1999 movie The Insider, starring Russell Crowe and Al Pacino.

McGill in 2017

Bruce McGill

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American actor.

American actor.

McGill in 2017
McGill with Sasha Alexander, Janet Tamaro, and Angie Harmon

He worked with director Michael Mann in the movies The Insider (1999), Ali (2001), and Collateral (2004).