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A fact-based story about tobacco industry whistle-blower jeffrey wigand. The former head of research and development for career and marriage by going public with shocking information about the tobacco industrys practices. Studio: Buena Vista Home Video Release Date: 06/01/2004 Starring: Al Pacino Gina Gershon Run time: 157 minutes Rating: R
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So it's nice to see Michael Mann pick up the reins and show that in these days of exploding White Houses and strangely attired superheroes that he is the most sensitive and character focussed director around.
Based on an article that appeared in Vanity Fair, centred around the plight of 'whistle blower' Jeffrey Wigand, the film centres on the efforts of both Wigand and Lowell Bergman in exposing the unsavoury practices of the so called 'Big Tobacco' companies in increasing nicotine levels in cigarette produce to keep 'users' buying. When Wigand - essentially an executive chemist at one of the big companies - began questioning the ethics of such practices, he was hounded out of his job and tied up in legal tape to prevent him spilling the beans. Bergman, a producer on 60 minutes attempts to untie the tape . . .
Stunning visuals and a brilliantly direct script, allied to Crowe's mesmerising performance as Wigand and a more-measured-than-of-late performance by the legendary Pacino, mean this film flies past - quite an effort when it's three hours long.
One of Mann's strengths is, as I have said, characterisation, and he is careful not to deify either lead. Wigand in particular is presented as a flawed, lonely man, generally untrusting and uncomfortable around others. Crowe certainly merited his Oscar nomination and should feel robbed in not winning the award. Gladiator should be regarded as pay off for The Insider.
The set pieces are, as we have come to expect from Mann, sublime.Read more ›
The film is shot in 2:35:1 ratio and looks really good. The film itself has been one of Michael Mann's best, with it being nominated for seven Oscars including best film.
This is your typical Mann's film with a lot of close up shots and the camera men must have there work cut out when filming his films, but this is beautifully shot.
The film is based on a true story about a former tobacco executive Dr. Jeffrey Wigand(Russell Crowe) who becomes a whistle blower on his ex company, with the help from Lowell Bergman(Al Pacino) who works for 60 Minutes. There are some intense scenes when the tobacco giants fight back and they will do everything to stop the show going on air, even digging up dirt and harassing there former employee's family, there is a great scene when Wigand is at his lowest point, but with Bergman trying to get thought to him, even shouting at the hotel manager, and at one point standing in the sea trying to calm him down on the phone.
This is a brilliant film with a top supporting cast, Christopher Plummer plays the 60 min presenter, Michael Gambon plays the tobacco boss, Lindsay Grouse plays Bergmans wife, plus the soundtrack was done by Lisa Gerrard, who was involved with Gladiator, Trust me I have both soundtracks and they are a must.
**BLU-RAY FEATURES BELOW**
PRODUCTION FEATURETTE- Audio Commentary
-with Al Pacino Russell Crowe
Inside A Scene
Region Free A,B,C.
Just one note, please look at the disc in my picture
you will see ABC which confirms its region free.
'Jeff Wigand' (Russell Crowe) a research biologist had been let-go by Tobacco-Giant 'Brown and
Williamson' but, in return for generous severance-pay had been asked to sign a confidentiaiity
clause preventing him making public what he knew in regards to addictive substances in the
However, CBS's 60 minute Journalist 'Lowell Bergman' (Al Pacino) realizes there to be a bigger story
than he'd first thought when 'Jeff' refuses to talk to him.
After a series of assurances 'Lowell' persuades 'Jeff' to agree to be interviewed which will lead to
further strains upon his already shaky marriage.
With treats hanging over him from the Tobacco-Giant he goes ahead.
However, CBS are about to be taken-over by Westinghouse who express concerns over probable legal
moves costing millions by the Tobacco-Giants, the 60-minute bosses cave-in and with-hold he airing
of the interview causing much stress to 'Jeff' and much anger from 'Lowell' and indeed his colleague
at CBS 'Mike Wallace' (Christopher Plummer)
Will the CEO's of the Tobacco-Giants get away with perjury or will the truth finally be told ?
A very well made movie from Michael Mann that will keep you glued to the screen as the story unfolds.