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Overall Rating
4.48

Awesome55.47%
Worth A Look: 39.84%
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"Intellignet and Bold with Outstanding Performances"
4 stars

This is a film that wins on both style and content.

It should be commended first of all for bringing to the public eye once again the hypocracy that surrounds the tobacco industries as well as the conflict of interests involved in corporate owned media. Not only do the issues remain in focus, they are well-explored and in an engaging way.
Al Pacino and Russell Crowe give stellar performances. Pacino is smooth and energized while Crowe draws both our sympathy and admiration as he suffers again and again for the simple, honest reason of wanting to do the right thing. These are definitely heroes for the nineties (and even into the next millenium) and since they are based on actual people, their power is ten-fold. The dialogue is smooth and motivational. I found myself muttering "yessss!" after some particulary well-done monologues.
Despite the length and some akward soundtrack moments, the movie is worth its ticket price. News-style visuals work well for the most part. The camera keeps you glued to the sceen with some great handhelds, rack focus shots, and some amazing point of views that put you right in the picture.

A solid work.

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originally posted: 11/15/99 21:36:35
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User Comments

3/24/18 morris campbell overlong but scary they could do this to you 4 stars
3/16/13 Chris F Very good kept me interested right the way through 4 stars
10/02/12 decay I was transfixed the very first time I watched it. Top performances from Crowe and Pacino 5 stars
1/27/11 taker one of the greatest movies ever made 5 stars
3/16/10 PAUL SHORTT GRIPPING TRUE STORY WITH GOOD PERFORMANCES 4 stars
8/17/08 mr.mike Good , if slightly overlong (Mann usually is). 4 stars
6/10/07 al smith incredible that american beauty beat this gem at the oscars 5 stars
7/04/06 Indrid Cold Whip smart and emotionally satisfying. Better than Network. 4 stars
10/29/05 Shenny S. Great performance by Crowe. 5 stars
8/19/05 ES This movie made me start smoking after having quit for a year, now that's power! 4 stars
1/04/05 Steve Newman Top class film - Wigand is an awesome man 5 stars
9/30/04 Archanist_101 Good film + it was worth seeing Gina Gershon!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 5 stars
2/11/04 Ath Not bad, bit lond and winded 3 stars
11/29/03 john gripping drama and superb acting - this one is great! 5 stars
7/05/03 Jack Sommersby Deeply flawed yet supremely entertaining. Great acting all around. 4 stars
6/08/03 Jon Lyrik Awesome movie. 5 stars
5/06/03 Layla Russell Crowe is great 4 stars
2/11/03 The Man No, it's far superior to All the President's Men. 5 stars
11/27/02 Karen total CRAP!!!!!!! 1 stars
9/09/02 BrodieMan Superb ! 5 stars
3/08/02 David Coates A great film. Should have beat American Beauty in the oscars race 5 stars
11/15/01 The Alter Ego This is one exceptionally beautiful piece of work by Michael Mann 5 stars
11/09/01 Steve Marquardt stunning cinematography , egde of your seat drama, fantasic editing and acting all-around 5 stars
8/28/01 Phil M. Afficianado very strong entertainment but it is a lot more than that too. see it. 5 stars
7/23/01 Monster W. Kung "All the president's men" it's not. 3 stars
6/13/01 Mattshat Michael Mann can do no wrong: a riveting 3 hours 5 stars
4/22/01 blllllssssstttttt I Literally slept through most of the movie 1 stars
4/04/01 Hawkeye Check it out, if only to see an amazing performance by Crowe. 5 stars
2/26/01 Elvisfan Crowe miscast; interesting movie that took WAAAY too long to make its points 3 stars
2/05/01 Classicdog Great writing, great acting, great movie. Russell Crowe is terrific in this flick. 4 stars
12/16/00 Mitja Podgajski very good... !! 4 stars
12/15/00 Stewart Ball The best film of 1999. The dialogue is very informative, interesting, and insightful. 5 stars
11/02/00 Cristopher Revilla Smart, Inteliigent, one of the best films of the year!!! 5 stars
10/08/00 Sas Filmed in an eerie way which spooked me. It was great. 4 stars
10/03/00 Leigh Whittaker It was splendiferously great 5 stars
8/26/00 Nanale inspirational for people who live by truth 5 stars
7/31/00 piz slow at times but engaging and gripping..an acting masterpiece. 4 stars
7/04/00 Bruce A superb piece of moviemaking 5 stars
7/04/00 Chris Drake Russell Crowe conveys more info w/one eyebrow than all of filmdom combined-mesmerizing! 5 stars
6/20/00 Dawn Ogden-Barnes A gripping movie. Once again Russell Crowe proves he is jaw-droppingly talented. 5 stars
5/20/00 Steve Kelley Christopher Plummer IS Mike Wallace. 5 stars
4/17/00 Howard West I loved it. I'm a big Russel Crowe fan since LA Confidential 5 stars
4/12/00 punkass Not just interesting & involving, a genuinley important movie 5 stars
3/14/00 Matthew Bartley Excellent thriller considering the subject matter 5 stars
3/08/00 Booyah! A very solid piece of work. Short on big thrills, but heavy on the interest. 5 stars
3/07/00 Pierce Lanson Hey Bitchslap!!-R. Crowe(Australia-N.Z.) is in the cast!!! GREAT film! 5 stars
3/05/00 Captain Highcrime My personal favorite of '99. Engrossing subj. matter, stellar performances & a killer sdtk. 5 stars
3/04/00 Malbert Very impressive, Pacino and Crowe were just *amazing* 5 stars
2/27/00 Tristan why is Russell Crowe's name not at the top - he was brilliant 5 stars
2/22/00 Joel Harwood It dragged on a bit i think AL PACINO should also be nominated 5 stars
2/14/00 Germanicus Pacino is good but Crowe disgusts me. Mann makes best of boring subject. 3 stars
1/28/00 Matthew Smith a rivetting film, superb performances from the two leads 5 stars
1/27/00 Mic Superior drama - up there with Quiz Show and All the President's Men. 5 stars
12/12/99 Beno Pacino at his best! 5 stars
12/11/99 Tyson Stewart It has a cool ambiance and great acting! Some scenes are unimportant. 4 stars
12/10/99 Heather Great, compelling movie, Plummer gave a convincing perf. of Mike Wallace 5 stars
12/09/99 schmegs Great film, really wonderful performances 5 stars
11/29/99 Bueller One of the best films of 1999. Al Pacino's performance has Oscar written all over it. 5 stars
11/28/99 Chet Patel Great acting, I was suprised by Crowe, and Pacino didn't over dramatize his role. 4 stars
11/17/99 Janet Plummer should clear a space on his bookshelf for his Oscar. 5 stars
11/16/99 Jason T. Hollett Russell Crowe infuses this movie with an atmosphere that is its overarching achievement. 5 stars
11/13/99 Kevin Cho, movie-buff Great movie, much tension - simply a great movie. 5 stars
11/13/99 Lame-Oh outstanding, better than that trash Double Jeporady 5 stars
11/09/99 MAXOMENOS Stunningly well done. Out-suspenses Hitchcock, out-trips The Matrix. 5 stars
11/08/99 pipeman A bit long, but brilliant nonetheless. Well written, acted, directed. Excellent film! 5 stars
11/07/99 Cy Phlurm Pacino, Plummer, and Crowe just serve to crowd the Best Actor Oscar race even more 4 stars
11/07/99 Jackie Martin Long, but very engaging. Well told and acted. 5 stars
11/06/99 Roman A long movie but it pulls you in (watching Pacino get pissed is damn entertaining) 5 stars
IF YOU'VE SEEN THIS FILM, RATE IT!
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USA
  05-Nov-1999 (R)

UK
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Australia
  26-Jan-2000 (M)


Directed by
  Michael Mann

Written by
  Michael Mann
  Eric Roth

Cast
  Russell Crowe
  Al Pacino
  Diane Venora
  Debi Mazar
  Philip Baker Hall



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