The Insider is a 1999 film that tells the true story of a 60 Minutes television series segment, as seen through the eyes of a real tobacco executive, Jeffrey Wigand. The 60 Minutes story originally aired in November 1995 in an altered form because CBS Legal Department was afraid a certain big tobacco company wound end up owning the company after lawsuits. The story was later aired in full on February 4th, 1996. The story was also covered in The Man Who Knew Too Much, an influential article written by journalist Marie Brenner for the May 1996 issue of Vanity Fair magazine.
In Louisville, Kentucky, Jeffrey Wigand (Crowe) packs his belongings and leaves his Brown & Williamson office, returning home to his wife Liane (Venora) and two children, one of whom suffers from acute asthma. When Liane asks about the boxes in Wigandís car, he reveals that he was fired from his job that morning.
Starring Russel Crowe and Al Pacino,
Directed by Michael Mann.
The film was nominated in 2000 for seven Academy Awards, winning none, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Actor in a Leading Role for Crowe.
*This trailer was edited by a fan from the selected scenes from the film.
added: Jun 10, 2011