The Informant


1h 48m 2009

Brief Synopsis

What was Mark Whitacre thinking? A rising star at agri-industry giant Archer Daniels Midland (ADM), Whitacre suddenly turns whistleblower. Even as he exposes his company's multi-national price-fixing conspiracy to the FBI, Whitacre envisions himself being hailed as a hero of the common man and hande

Film Details

Also Known As
El desinformante, Informant!, desinformante
MPAA Rating
Release Date
2009
Distribution Company
WARNER BROS. PICTURES DISTRIBUTION (WBPD)
Location
Los Angeles, California, USA; Decatur, Illinois, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 48m

Synopsis

What was Mark Whitacre thinking? A rising star at agri-industry giant Archer Daniels Midland (ADM), Whitacre suddenly turns whistleblower. Even as he exposes his company's multi-national price-fixing conspiracy to the FBI, Whitacre envisions himself being hailed as a hero of the common man and handed a promotion. But before all that can happen, the FBI needs evidence, so Whitacre eagerly agrees to wear a wire and carry a hidden tape recorder in his briefcase, imagining himself as a kind of de facto secret agent. Unfortunately for the FBI, their lead witness hasn't been quite so forthcoming about helping himself to the corporate coffers. Whitacre's ever-changing account frustrates the agents and threatens the case against ADM as it becomes almost impossible to decipher what is real and what is the product of Whitacre's rambling imagination. Based on the true story of the highest-ranking corporate whistleblower in U.S. history.

Crew

Gary Abrahamian

Animator

Matt Absher

Assistant Editor

Norman Alatorre

Props

Jessica Albertson

Set Costumer

Jane Alderman

Casting

Andrew Alward

Art Assistant

Tim Alward

Art Assistant

Jared Baker

Special Effects Technician

Katana Baker

Tutor

Claudette Barius

Photography

Mike Barry

Assistant Location Manager

Sara Bartkiewicz

Assistant Production Coordinator

Corey Bayes

Assistant Editor

Alan Bergman

Song

Marilyn Bergman

Song

David Betancourt

Foley Mixer

Chrissie Beveridge

Makeup Artist

Larry Blake

Sound Re-Recording Mixer

Larry Blake

Supervising Sound Editor

Robert Bolanowski

Special Effects Technician

Ron Bolanowski

Special Effects Coordinator

Howard Braunstein

Producer

Darrell Burgess

Special Effects Technician

Elika Burns

Digital Effects Artist

Scott Burns

Screenplay

Joanna Bush

Illustrator

Greg Byrne

On-Set Dresser

Jeremy Cannon

Loader

Barbara Cantu

Hair Stylist

Robert J Carlyle

Construction Coordinator

Jon Carpenter

Transportation Captain

Gloria Pasqua Casny

Hair

Adolfo Castanon

Greensman

Giovanny Castillo

Caterer

Genelle Ciccarelli

Art Department

Daniel Clancy

Set Decorator

George Clooney

Executive Producer

Matt Coby

Sound Editor

Missy Cohen

Music Editor

Lauren Cokeley

Office Assistant

Paul Contegiacomo

Video Playback

George Crawford

Props

Jeffrey Creath

Props Assistant

Carmen Cuba

Casting

Jeff Deiter

On-Set Dresser

Bryan Dobrik

Set Production Assistant

Kurt Eichenwald

Source Material

Kurt Eichenwald

Producer

Scott Ellsworth

Props

John Espinoza

Gang Boss

Robert Everett

Special Effects Technician

Greg Fausak

Best Boy Grip

Dawn Fintor

Foley

Anna Fishburne

Casting

Emma Fletcher

Assistant

Jimmy Flores

Props

Jennifer Fox

Producer

Jimmy Fusil

Film Lab

John-anthony Gargiullo

Dolly Grip

Helen Geier

Casting Associate

Kay Georgiou

Hair Stylist

Stephen Gibson

Assistant Property Master

Dave Glavin

Driver

Thomas J Glynn

On-Set Dresser

Liz Goldsmith

Assistant Location Manager

Bernie Granados

Medic

Rebecca Graves

Costume Department

Shane Greedy

Transportation Coordinator

Anthony Gregorio Iii

Driver

Martin L Grimes

On-Set Dresser

William G Hall

Foreman

Adrienne Hamalian-mangine

Script Supervisor

Marvin Hamlisch

Music

Tabby Hanson

Stunts

Jeroen Hendrix

Camera

Javier M Hernandez

Boom Operator

Callie Hersheway

Production Secretary

Heather Elisa Hill

Visual Effects

Larry Hochman

Original Music

Brad Holtzman

Key Costumer

Billy Hunter

Art Director

Gary L. Hunter

Props

Steve Irwin

Video Playback

Gregory Jacobs

Assistant Director

Gregory Jacobs

Producer

Michael Jaffe

Producer

Nat Jencks

Visual Effects Editor

Trevor Johann

Office Assistant

Jeffrey Paul Johnson

Property Master

Tom Jordan

Camera Assistant

Nicholas Kaat

Chief Lighting Technician

Olof Kallstrom

Assistant Editor

Holly Kang

Assistant

Barbara Jean Kearney

Film Lab

Kenny Keavy

Props

April Kelley

Camera Assistant

Sandy Kenyon

Costume Supervisor

Rich King

Extras Agent/Coordinator

David Kirchner

Post-Production Supervisor

Sarah P Koeppe

Production

Jerry Krumme

Medic

Steve Lafayette

Sound

Ward Lathrope

Gang Boss

Ken Lavet

Location Manager

Robin L. Le Chanu

Unit Production Manager

Darryl Lee

Props

Rick Lefevour

Stunt Coordinator

Valerie Levitt

Assistant

Steve Lewis

Driver

Keri Littledeer

Medic

Jamie Litwak

Props

Kevin Loding

Driver

Michael London

Executive Producer

James R Lord

Props

Tom Lowell

Stunts

Lisa Maher

Visual Effects Producer

Daniel Maldonado

Stunts

Dawn Brown Manser

Set Designer

Marlene Marks

Accountant

Elisa Marsh

Makeup

Lynne Martin

Assistant Director

Quentin Matthys

Gang Boss

Amie Frances Mccarthy-winn

Props Buyer

Keith Mcgee

Props

John Mckissick

Driver

Doug Meerdink

Production Designer

Steven Meizler

Camera Assistant

Ken Merritt

Driver

Don Miller

Production Accountant

John Joseph Minardi

Key Grip

Stephen Mirrione

Editor

Kama Moiha

Visual Effects

Elaine Mongeon

Assistant

Jeff Moore

Assistant Property Master

Glenn Moran

Rigging Gaffer

Christopher Morente

Greensman

Guy Morrison

Assistant Location Manager

Tony Mouradian

Driver

Timothy Mullennix

Props

Rod Nunnally

Painter

Patrick B. O'brien

Camera Operator

James Orendorff

Foreman

Stacy Parker

Transportation Coordinator

Lauren Pasternack

Dga Trainee

Tim Patterson

Production Secretary

Jason Perrine

Art Department

Scott Philyaw

Stunts

Selena Pivac

Production Coordinator

Michael Polaire

Unit Production Manager

Michael Polaire

Coproducer

Leia Pratapas

Art Department Coordinator

Pamela A Prior

Costume Department

Shaunessy James Quinn

Office Assistant

Eugenio Quintero

Plasterer

Liz Radley

Video

Paul Rathburn

Caterer

Matt Rawls

Set Production Assistant

Angelica Reynoso

Post-Production Assistant

Marcus Ricaud

Sound

Felix A. Rivera

Lighting Technician

Chance Robertson

Driver

John Robotham

Stunt Coordinator

Francis J Roix

Props

Shoshana Rubin

Costume Designer

Chris Ryan

Visual Effects

Mark Sadler

Best Boy Electric

Chris Schimel

Driver

Scott Schutzki

On-Set Dresser

Taffy Schweickhardt

Accounting Assistant

David E. Scott

Art Director

Mark I Scott

Video Playback

Renee Confair Sensano

Production Supervisor

Michael Serrano

Set Production Assistant

Marsha Shearrill

Makeup Artist

Claire Simon

Casting

Jeff Skoll

Executive Producer

Alan Smith

Driver

Barnaby Smith

Costumer

Lin C Smith

Driver

Thomas J Smith

Visual Effects Supervisor

Steven Soderbergh

Director Of Photography

Jody Spilkoman

Assistant Director

Chase Spitzer

Driver

Nick Stanton

Gang Boss

Gary A Stel

Foreman

Alicia M Stevenson

Foley

Tim Stipan

Colorist

Anthea Strangis

Accounting Assistant

Gary Taylor

Driver

Billy Theriot

Assistant Sound Editor

Paul Toomey

Camera Assistant

Dennis Towns

Sound Mixer

Steve Tyrell

Song Performer

Vicki Vacca

Makeup Artist

Peter Walts

Chief Lighting Technician

Thomas Watson

Painter

Mike Whipple

Film Lab

Todd Whitelock

Music Scoring Mixer

Derek Williams

Office Assistant

Jeff Winn

Craft Service

Film Details

Also Known As
El desinformante, Informant!, desinformante
MPAA Rating
Release Date
2009
Distribution Company
WARNER BROS. PICTURES DISTRIBUTION (WBPD)
Location
Los Angeles, California, USA; Decatur, Illinois, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 48m

Quotes

Trivia

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States Fall September 18, 2009

Released in United States on Video February 23, 2010

Released in United States September 2009

Shown at Deauville Festival of American Cinema (Premieres) September 4-13, 2009.

Based on the book "The Informant: A True Story" written by Kurt Eichenwald and published by Broadway Books in July 2001.

Project was previously in development with Section Eight.

The project's genesis lies in an episode of public radio progam, "This American Life". Reportedly, screenwriter Burns approached Section Eight with a copy of a "Life" episode entitled "The Fix is In", the topic of which was the Archer Daniels Midland scandal that forms the premise of Eichenwald's book.

Released in United States Fall September 18, 2009

Released in United States on Video February 23, 2010

Released in United States September 2009 (Shown at Deauville Festival of American Cinema (Premieres) September 4-13, 2009.)