The Insider


  • Released in USA 1999 by Buena Vista Pictures, a Touchstone Films production, in 1:1.85 widescreen, Technicolor, digital sound, 157 minutes.
  • Directed by Michael Mann    
  • Written by Eric Roth, Michael Mann, based on the 22-page article by Marie Brenner published in Vanity Fair May 1996 as "The Man Who Knew Too Much"
  • Produced by Pieter Jan Brugge, Gusmano Cesaretti, Michael Mann, Kathleen M. Shea, Michael Waxman
  • Original music by Pieter Bourke, Lisa Gerrard, Graeme Revell
  • Cinematography by Dante Spinotti  
  • Editing by William Goldenberg, David Rosenbloom, Paul Rubell  
  • Casting by Bonnie Timmermann  
  • Production Design by Brian Morris  


  • Al Pacino as Lowell Bergman, CBS producer
  • Russell Crowe as Jeffrey Wigand, ex-tobacco scientist
  • Christopher Plummer as Mike Wallace, CBS reporter
  • Philip Baker Hall as Don Hewitt, CBS producer
  • Diane Venora as Liane Wigand, wife
  • Hallie Eisenberg as Barbara Wigand, younger daughter
  • Renee Olstead as Deborah Wigand, older daughter
  • Lindsay Crouse as Sharon Tiller
  • Debi Mazar as Debbie De Luca
  • Stephen Tobolowsky as Eric Kluster
  • Colm Feore as Richard Scruggs, anti-tobacco lawyer
  • Bruce McGill as Ron Motley, Mississippi state D.A.
  • Gina Gershon as Helen Caperelli, chief lawyer of CBS
  • Michael Gambon as Thomas Sandefur, B&W president
  • Rip Torn as John Scanlon
  • Michael Moore as Himself
  • Madeleine Reller as Lesley Stahl
  • Cliff Curtis as Sheikh Fadlallah   


    This film is based on the true story of tobacco executive whistleblower Jeffrey Wigand and 60 Minutes producer Lowell Bergman. Wigand had been fired from Brown & Williamson, the 3rd largest tobacco company in the U.S., but he had signed a confidentiality agreement when he left the company in order to keep health benefits needed for his asthmatic daughter. Wigand decides to become a witness for the state of Mississippi that would lead to the $246 billion tobacco settlement that resolved the most expensive case ever brought against an industry in U.S. history.


  • Tobacco Timeline selections
  • The Insider film title from IMDb
  • Official Site from Touchstone Pictures includes the Vanity Fair article
  • Real to Reel article from Brill's Content
  • Wall Street Journal Pulitzer Prize articles 1995
  • Film review by Roger Ebert from Chicago Sun-Times
  • More tobacco links
    Filmnotes | revised 1/8/01 by Schoenherr