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The Informant! (2009)

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Biography, Comedy, Crime |

The Informant! is a American biographical-crime comedy film directed by Steven Soderbergh. Written by Scott Z. Burns, the film stars Matt Damon as the titular informant named Mark Whitacre, as well as Scott Bakula, Joel McHale and Melanie Lynskey. It depicts Whitacre’s involvement as a whistle blower in the lysine price-fixing conspiracy of the mid-1990s, based on the 2000 nonfiction book The Informant, by journalist Kurt Eichenwald.

Released on September 18, 2009, The Informant! received generally positive reviews from critics, with praise for Matt Damon’s performance and the film’s comedic yet ironic tone, although the latter has also been a point of criticism from other critics.

Mark Whitacre, a rising star at the Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) office in Decatur, Illinois, during the early 1990s, blows the whistle on the company’s price-fixing tactics at the urging of his wife Ginger.

One night in November 1992, Whitacre confesses to FBI special agent Brian Shepard that ADM executives—including Whitacre himself—had routinely met with competitors to fix the price of lysine, an additive used in the commercial livestock industry. Whitacre secretly gathers hundreds of hours of video and audio over several years to present to the FBI. He assists in gathering evidence by clandestinely taping the company’s activity in business meetings at various locations around the globe such as Tokyo, Paris, Mexico City, and Hong Kong, eventually collecting enough evidence of collaboration and conspiracy to warrant a raid of ADM.

Director: Steven Soderbergh

Writers: Scott Z. Burns (screenplay), Kurt Eichenwald (book)

Stars: Matt Damon, Tony Hale, Patton Oswalt, Joel McHale, Melanie Lynskey, Scott Bakula, Tom Papa

Cast:

Matt DamonMark Whitacre
Lucas McHugh CarrollAlexander Whitacre (as Lucas Carroll)
Eddie JemisonKirk Schmidt
Rusty SchwimmerLiz Taylor
Craig Ricci ShaynakDiscouraged Foreman
Tom PapaMick Andreas
Rick OvertonTerry Wilson
Melanie LynskeyGinger Whitacre
Thomas F. WilsonMark Cheviron (as Tom Wilson)
Scott BakulaFBI Special Agent Brian Shepard
Scott AdsitSid Hulse
Ann DowdFBI Special Agent Kate Medford
Allan HaveyFBI Special Agent Dean Paisley
Howie JohnsonRusty Williams
Joel McHaleFBI Special Agent Bob Herndon
Nick CraigKid at Pool #1
Cody PuckettKid at Pool #2
Andrew DalyMarty Allison
David CampbellBudweiser Client Representative
Carolyn R. FeltnerBudweiser Receptionist
J.P. GillainZurich Bank Security Officer
Elena EustacheZurich Bank Receptionist
John Hans TesterPeter Dreyer (as Hans Tester)
Ludger PistorReinhard Richter
Rome KandaHirokazu Ikeda
Yoshio BeKazutoshi Yamada
Raymond MaKanji Mimoto
Hervé DeschampsPhilippe Rollier
Pascal IfriAlain Crouy
Ann CusackRobin Mann
Dann SekiJoon Mo Suh
Jayden LundJames Mutchnik
Chic DanielFBI Agent at Raid
Joe ChrestVisiting Client
J.D. MatheinPhone Agent
William MarshFBI Special Agent Ken Temples
Tom SmothersDwayne Andreas
Clancy BrownAubrey Daniel
Bob ZanyJohn Dowd
Tony HaleJames Epstein
Richard Steven HorvitzBob Zaideman (as Richard Horvitz)
Tara BarrettReporter #1
Tim CainReporter #2
Ken FryeReporter #3
Huey FreemanReporter #4
Brian GallivanRon Henkoff
Daniel HagenScott Roberts
Patton OswaltEd Herbst
Samantha AlbertMary Spearing
Jimmy BroganDr. Derek Miller
Paul F. TompkinsFBI Special Agent Anthony D’Angelo
Adam PaulFBI Special Agent Michael Bassett
Wayne PéreSheldon Zenner (as Wayne Péré)
Scott EnglandLocal News Anchor (as Scot England)
Joshua FunkFBI Special Agent Robert Grant
Candy ClarkMark Whitacre’s Mother
Frank WelkerMark Whitacre’s Father
Larry ClarkeWhitacre’s Second Attorney
Dick SmothersJudge Harold Baker
Steve SeagrenCorrectional Officer
Sage AdamsJason Ripley
Roy Allen IIIOffice Manager
Rj BucklerExtra holding boom pole in crowd of reporters
Corey CaseReporter
Emma ChandlerMick Andreas’ Assistant
Dona EllisBartender
Nichole FischerPatron in airport
Gene FojtikLawyer
James GianoulakisAirport Traveler
Christopher GuetigOffice Clerk
Joe HammerstoneAirport Restaurant Patron
Tabby HansonSunt / Actress ‘2009’
Troy HayesNew Home Owner
Richard Hoffman Jr.Payroll
Bill IbrahimAttorney on EL
Frederick KeeveBusiness Executive
Jordan KirkwoodEuropean Executive
BJ LangeAirline Passenger
Dan LathamCTA Passenger
Ted LeBlangCountry Club Dinner Guest
Zera LyndRestaurant Patron
Allen MarshAirport Restaurant Patron
Joseph MazurkFederal Plaza Lawyer
Cameron PotterBusinessman
Mallory ScottBusiness Traveler
Alan SeabockHotel guest
Gary SedlockMovie Goer
Malik SimmonsRestaurant Patron
E.J. SnyderGolfer
Jaxon StanfordBusinessman Walking Thru Airport
Giota TrakasJogger
Klemens Niklaus TrenkleBiker
Jani VorwerkWaitress
Joji YoshidaJapanese Businessman
Elizabeth ZephyrineSweater Girl

Sources: imdb & wikipedia

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