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The Insider

  • Hamlet's problems were nothing compared to mine...

A retelling of the true story of the battle by one of America's top news shows to air an explosive documentary about how the cigarette companies manipulate nicotine in cigarettes. The issue is important because the CEOs of all the American tobacco companies had sworn under oath that they did not believe nicotine to be addictive. A chemist working for the third largest company realised what was going on and was fired for his trouble. His conscience bothered him, and when an opportunity to reveal what he knew came along, he was tempted to take it. Two problems: a non-disclosure agreement he had signed, enforced with financial and legal threats, and the very real physical intimidation he and his family had to endure. The TV network also had to worry about legal action if they aired the program. This may sound very boring but it is an engrossing drama, well worth viewing. Note the runtime.


160 minutes, No persons under 13 (Language)
Drama

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Credits
Cast
Al Pacino, Russel Crowe, Christopher Plummer, Diane Venora, Philip Baker Hall
Director
Michael Mann
ScreenplayEric Roth, Michael Mann, from an article by Marie Brenner
MusicPieter Bourke, Lisa Gerrard, Graeme Revell
CinematographyDante Spinotti
Sound formatsDolby Digital, Sony Dynamic Digital Sound, DTS
SoundtrackNot available
Made in1999
Produced byForward Pass, Blue Light Productions, Kaitz Productions, Mann/Roth Productions, Touchstone Pictures

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Ratings
Scale (Max)20
South African Media
The MoviesiteIan Douglas14
Cape ArgusAdrian Monteath20
Cape TimesStephan Hofstätter10
The StarJoanna Rix12
Die BurgerGabriël Botma15
Sunday TimesBarry Ronge15
RapportBarrie Hough18
BeeldMarius Jooste14
SA City LifeTony Jackman15)
TV3 ScreenplaySandy Ngema18
SAFM Saturday WiredAlan Swerdlow18
Bos LifeJean-Pierre Pellissier16
International Media
eye Weekly (Canada)Gemma Files15
Box Office (USA)Annlee Ellingson13
Rough Cuth (USA)Tom Cappello16
Total Film (UK)Cam Winstanley15
Film Review (UK)Jason Caro15
Uncut (UK)Nick Hasted15
IMDB1603 Netizens17
Average .. 77%15

Visitor Comments
Ian Douglas: An important film about an important topic. Not only does it cover the whole issue of how tobacco companies are actually selling soft drugs, the tremendous power which their wealth brings them, how they lie and deceive to stay in business, but also the tremendous courage required to stand up to such power. The problem of doing the right thing for the whole world even at the cost of your own personal life. Kudos to the chemist and producer for what they did.

Andrew Simpson (17): Takes a while for this film to really grip you but when it does it is absorbing.


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