The Insider script
The Insider (1999)
Synopsis: After seeking the expertise of former "Big Tobacco" executive Jeffrey Wigand (Russell Crowe), seasoned TV producer Lowell Bergman (Al Pacino) suspects a story lies behind Wigand's reluctance to speak. As Bergman persuades Wigand to share his knowledge of industry secrets, the two must contend with the courts and the corporations that stand between them and exposing the truth. All the while, Wigand must struggle to maintain his family life amidst lawsuits and death threats.

LOWELL:

(blunt)

No. We don't do that.

(beat)

You've seen "60 Minutes" and Mike

Wallace. So you know our reputation for

integrity and objectivity. You also know

we are the highest-rated, most-respected,

TV-magazine news show in America.

The Sheikh quietly looks out his glasses at him, studying

him. And Lowell "closes":

LOWELL (cont'd)

So. Mr. Wallace. Should he get on a

plane or not?

The Sheikh thinks it over and then...

THE SHEIKH:

Tell him I will see him day after

tomorrow.

LOWELL:

That's good. That works.

(after a beat)

Uh, you know, I want to ask you

something...I know it sounds odd...but...

It's quiet...too quiet...

LOWELL (CONT'D)

Hello, Sheikh...?

(no answer)

Hello, Sheikh...?

Silence. He hesitates, starts to lift his blindfold... He

lifts it. And he sees the Sheikh, and his gunmen, are gone.

The house empty. Only his Cameraman, the lanky man, left

there, standing by the door still in his blindfold...

LOWELL (CONT'D)

Norman.

NORMAN:

What? What?

LOWELL:

Take your blindfold off.

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Eric Roth

Eric Roth (born March 22, 1945) is an American screenwriter. He won the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for Forrest Gump (1994). He also co-wrote the screenplays for several Oscar-nominated films: The Insider (1999), Munich (2005), and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008). more…

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