The Informant!

Synopsis: Mark Whitacre has worked for lysine developing company ADM for many years and has even found his way into upper management. But nothing has prepared him for the job he is about to undertake - being a spy for the FBI. Unwillingly pressured into working as an informant against the illegal price-fixing activities of his company, Whitacre gradually adopts the idea that he's a true secret agent. But as his incessant lies keep piling up, his world begins crashing down around him.
Director(s): Steven Soderbergh
Production: Warner Bros. Pictures
  Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 1 win & 18 nominations.
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108 min


There's a Mr. Nakawara calling

from the Ajinomoto Corporation.

He says you know him

and he needs to speak with you.

Yeah, put him through.

It's the Japanese. There's this guy,

Nakawara. He works at Ajinomoto.

He was here a couple weeks ago.

You met him.

I've been talking to him at work,

but sometimes from home...

...because of the time difference.

Mick, this guy knew everything.


He says to me, "Hey, you know that total

nightmare you guys had May, June, July?"

Before I ask him what he's talking about,

he goes:

"Those months when ADM was losing

$7 million a month in the lysine business."

Mick, I couldn't believe it.

He goes on to tell me

that one of our highest-paid employees... actually an employee of Ajinomoto,

who is sabotaging the plant.

They're injecting a virus into the dextrose

and contaminating the whole deal.

That's the problem.

I'm telling you, Mick, it's like Rising Sun.

It's like the Crichton novel.

It's just like that.

I go, "Why are you talking to me?"

Know what he says?

Yeah, I know what he says.

How much does he want?

Ten million dollars.

Ten million, but that gives you

the identity of the saboteur...

...the secret identity, and a new lysine bug

that is immune to the virus.

We have the plant up and running

in three days.

How well do you know this guy?

I met him when he was here. We've

spoken on the phone half a dozen times.

So not very well.

Very well? No, I wouldn't say that.

If you hear from him again,

talk him down on the price.

Find out the least amount of money

he'd settle for.

I mean, if we can get a bug that's resistant

to the virus, this might be worth it.

But keep this secret.

If there is a mole, I don't want him to know

that we're on to him.

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Scott Z. Burns

Scott Z. Burns (born 1962) is an American screenwriter, producer, and director. Burns has written screenplays for The Bourne Ultimatum (2007), The Informant! (2009), and Contagion (2011), all of which feature Matt Damon. His films The Informant!, Contagion, and Side Effects were directed by Steven Soderbergh. Burns also produced the Academy Award-winning An Inconvenient Truth. In 2018, it was announced that Burns would direct The Torture Report, a drama about the secret torture program inside the CIA. Burns is a native of Golden Valley, Minnesota and graduated in 1985 with a degree in English from the University of Minnesota. He currently lives in Los Angeles. more…

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