Director: Michael Mann
Brenner (article) and Eric
Also stars: Al Pacino (Lowell Bergman), Lindsay Crouse (Sharon
Bergman), Diane Venora (Lucretia Wigand), Christopher Plummer
(Mike Wallace), Gina Gershon (Ellen Kaden), Michael Gambon
(Thomas Sandefur) Mike Moore (himself), Colm Feore (Richard
Scruggs), Bruce McGill, Renee Olstead, Hallie Kate Eisenberg,
Robbie Tomlin, Bill Sage
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"I sat in a movie theater
today and watched Russell Crowe in a two and a half hour
movie. Perhaps the best compliment I can pay Mr. Crowe
is that I, a most besotted fan, was only dimly aware -maybe
for five percent of the time- that it was he and not Dr.
Jeffrey Wigand who filled the screen. Not because wig
and added weight made him unrecognizable -in spite of
the camouflage he was, physically, very much the Russell
Crowe we would readily detect from a mile away-, but because
he eerily became this colorless hero with dented armor
and not an iota of dash.
"The Insider has
been described as a film about Big Tobacco (in capital
letters), about the news media or both, all of which it
is. But what struck me was the realization that it is
going to touch many a raw nerve. Dr. Wigand's story, in
a most extreme fashion, is the story of today's corporate
world, of so many (too many) downsized, discarded and
humiliated men and women in America. Few among us would
risk what Wigand did in order walk the right path and
we would like to believe few have suffered as he. But
-to different degrees- many will viscerally identify with
the fear, loss and despair that Russell Crowe portrays
with unbearable realism.
"Will Oscar be calling on Russell's door? Mixed
feelings on that one. In a perfect world, Pacino's role,
with no complexity and a few too many touches of grandstanding,
should not be competition for Crowe's Wigand. But Al Pacino
is an Academy favorite and his character has the član
and the identifiable trademark of the cinematic hero.
Even his raincoat, in dramatic slow motion, seems to swirl
like Batman's cape. And (let's not forget him) there is
that "new" American icon looming large: Kevin
Spacey. Not to mention Jim Carey as "The Man In The
Moon", coming our way soon. However, whether he wins
an Oscar or not, Russell Crowe has, more than ever, left
his brilliant mark in film history. Last, but not least,
a mention must be made about Christopher Plummer's extraordinary
portrayal of Mike Wallace.
"What a grand Hollywood ending for a millennium.
Once again, Mr. Crowe, thanks indeed."
Read more about this film at salon.com:
By David Weir
Nov. 5, 1999
"After years of working
behind the scenes on "60 Minutes," producer
Lowell Bergman now gets his close-up -- by way of Al Pacino
-- as the subject of "The Insider." Here he
explains what really happened with "60 Minutes,"
what Michael Mann left out of the movie and why Mike Wallace
is hopping mad..."
Read more about the story in the COLUMBIA
January/February 1996 | Contents
Lessons of the Sixty Minutes Cave-In
by Lawrence Grossman
And at the Canadian site CANOE.COM
Insider Scoop: Former corporate
jet-setter became poster boy for
sets the screen on fire: Thriller blows
lid off tobacco industry
and takes swing at 60 Minutes.
Imagery composed of scanned pictures
and screen captures from Al Pacino's Loft
and Maximum Crowe. Click here
to see more Insider art.
I rented this movie because I wanted to see Russell Crowe.
I found it very compelling and shocking. Al Pacino was
excellent but Russell was unbelieveable great. He is a
multi talented man.
Rated: Four Crowes