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The Informant! (2009)

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The U.S. government decides to go after an agro-business giant with a price-fixing accusation, based on the evidence submitted by their star witness, vice president-turned-informant Mark Whitacre.

Director:

Steven Soderbergh

Writers:

Scott Z. Burns (screenplay), Kurt Eichenwald (book)
Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 1 win & 18 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Matt Damon ... Mark Whitacre
Lucas McHugh Carroll ... Alexander Whitacre (as Lucas Carroll)
Eddie Jemison ... Kirk Schmidt
Rusty Schwimmer ... Liz Taylor
Craig Ricci Shaynak ... Discouraged Foreman
Tom Papa ... Mick Andreas
Rick Overton ... Terry Wilson
Melanie Lynskey ... Ginger Whitacre
Thomas F. Wilson ... Mark Cheviron (as Tom Wilson)
Scott Bakula ... FBI Special Agent Brian Shepard
Scott Adsit ... Sid Hulse
Ann Dowd ... FBI Special Agent Kate Medford
Allan Havey ... FBI Special Agent Dean Paisley
Howie Johnson ... Rusty Williams
Joel McHale ... FBI Special Agent Bob Herndon
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Storyline

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. Written by The Massie Twins

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matt damon is The Informant! See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

18 September 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El desinformante See more »

Filming Locations:

Blue Mound, Illinois, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$22,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,464,314, 20 September 2009

Gross USA:

$33,316,821

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$41,771,168
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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

To prepare for the role of the overweight character Mark Whitacre, Matt Damon purposely gained weight prior to filming. He did this by eating lots of hamburgers, pizza, and dark beer, which he described in an interview as being "really, really, really fun." See more »

Goofs

At the scene where Whitacre is in his BMW outside an Econo Lodge, the logo on the top of the motel is one that was introduced in 2008, well after this movie takes place. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Mark Whitacre: [voiceover] You know that orange juice you have every morning? You know what's in that? Corn. And you know what's in the maple syrup you put on your pancakes? You know what makes it taste so good? Corn. And when you're good and help with the trash, you know what makes the big, green bags biodegradable?
Mark Whitacre: [to his son] Do you?
Alexander Whitacre: Uh-huh. Corn.
Mark Whitacre: Corn *starch*. But Daddy's company didn't come up with that one. DuPont did.
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Crazy Credits

Prologue: "While this motion picture is based on real events, certain incidents and characters are composites, and dialog has been dramatized. So there." See more »

Connections

Featured in Angela and Friends: Episode #1.9 (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

Trust Me
Music by Marvin Hamlisch
Lyrics by Alan Bergman and Marilyn Bergman
Produced and Performed by Steve Tyrell
Steve Tyrell appears courtesy of E1 Music
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Excellent Turn from Damon, Inconsistent Plot,
19 March 2017 | by lesleyharris30See all my reviews

The Informant is a good movie with a reasonable plot and a terrific comedic cast. The actors are really what makes this movie, it is star studded, filled with many great, hilarious comedians who add a lot of great ad libbed dialogue. However, even with all the comedy actors, Matt Damon still steals the show. He plays a character unlike anyone he's done before with Mark Whitacre, a clumsy FBI informant, a far shot away from the likes of Jason Bourne or Will Hunting.

I found the plot to be lackluster, it never really reeled me in, jumping from one character and plot point to another, but without ever taking the time to truly intrigue its audience. It also drags quite a bit, going on for about twenty minutes longer than it should have.

I felt Whitacre could have been more layered, considering the fact that we are following him for almost two hours. The dialogue and humour of the character is very one note, at times feeling like less of a joke for how out of place he is in the story, and more like poor writing.

Seeing Damon in such a polar opposite role from what we are used to is good fun, even if the movie was not as entertaining as it could have been. Funny and with a top notch cast, The Informant certainly overstays its welcome but it is worth the watch if you are looking for an enjoyable, easy to watch comedy, just do not go out of your way to see it.

The US government begin searching for a businessman after receiving what may be classified information from an informant.

Best Performance: Matt Damon


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