The Insider. (United States, 1999). Like any movie-going experience, the audience yearns for a film to be artistic, educational, and informative. In The Insider, director Michael Mann executes these subjects flawlessly on screen as he relies on these subjects to convince the audience that nameless, faceless, and voiceless characters shall prevail over greed and evil. The film, based on a true story, unfolds as Jeffrey Wigand (Russell Crowe), a tobacco executive, is fired from Brown & Williamson and confides to journalist Lowell Bergman, who wants to reveal publically in 60 Minutes that the chemicals in their tobaccos are dangerous. 5 out of 5 stars.