Quote Of The Week : The Insider (1999)

“You pay me to go get guys like Wigand, to draw him out. To get him to trust us, to get him to go on television. I do. I deliver him. He sits. He talks. He violates his own fucking confidentiality agreement. And he’s only the key witness in the biggest public health reform issue, maybe the biggest, most-expensive corporate-malfeasance case in U.S. history. And Jeffrey Wigand, who’s out on a limb, does he go on television and tell the truth ? Yes. Is it newsworthy ? Yes. Are we gonna air it ? Of course not. Why ? Because he’s not telling the truth ? No. Because he is telling the truth. That’s why we’re not going to air it. And the more truth he tells, the worse it gets !”

Lowell Bergman (Al Pacino) expressing his thoughts and frustrations, after 60 Minutes fail to back him and Jeffrey Wigand (Russell Crowe) who ‘blows the whistle’ on a multi billion dollar tobacco company and it’s deliberate addictive chemicals in their cigerettes. Michael Mann’s film is a true story which is meticulously crafted, utterly compelling and was nominated for 7 Academy Awards.



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Alton loves film. He is founder and Editor In Chief of BRWC.  Some of the films he loves are Rear Window, Superman 2, The Man With The Two Brains, Clockwise, Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind, Trading Places, Stir Crazy and Punch-Drunk Love.

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