The Insider (1999) An almost unrecognizable Russell Crowe plays famed whistleblower Jeffrey Wigand, who agrees to expose the unethical practices of the tobacco industry to 60 Minutes producer Lowell Bergman (Al Pacino). When CBS declines to air the complete story for fear of a lawsuit, Wigand and Bergman fight to save their reputations and to air the entire story.
Even after 15 years, this film still packs a powerful punch, exposing the ramifications of the fear of legal retribution when journalists attempt to expose illegal and harmful actions committed by powerful corporations.
Russell Crowe’s Oscar nominated performance remains one of his best performances of his entire career. Also featuring excellent performances by Al Pacino as Bergman, Christopher Plummer as Mike Wallace, and Diana Venora as Liane Wigand. Directed by Michael Mann. The film was nominated for seven Academy Awards.