The Informant!

The Informant! is the film adaptation of the book The Informant! by Kurt Eichenwald and is based on a true story. It was directed by Steven Soderbergh, starring Matt Damon can be seen.


The biochemist Mark Whitacre, who leads the life of a wealthy average American with his wife, in the early 1990s working for the agricultural company Archer Daniels Midland ( ADM). He is responsible for lysine production, in which there is a virus in lost production. To avoid being held responsible Whitacre invents a conspiracy in which it comes to sabotage and extortion by an Asian competitors. ADM switches the FBI to make the masterminds arrest. After it is Whitacre been unable to dissuade his superiors of the cooperation with the FBI, his business and used the private telephone line to be tapped in his house, which he was allegedly contacted by the blackmailers. To divert attention from his machinations and also to pressure from his wife, he informed the agents Brian Shepard and Bob Herndon on illegal price fixing his employer with foreign competitors in a big way.

In order to obtain more valid evidence, Whitacre is scheduled to his superiors and to record additional information of compromising meetings by means of a body-worn microphone and hidden cameras. Although Whitacre has been very successful as an information source with the use of wiretaps, the FBI agents must soon find that Whitacre reckless acts beyond measure, egotistical and is very talkative. His relationship to truth is disturbed and possibly the result of a bipolar disorder. So he adds his biography some dramatic details added to give his public image more shine, for example, he claims that his is still the best of health gladdening parents had died in his infancy in an accident.

Immune against all the advice of the FBI agents and his lawyers, he prides himself after learning of the investigation public with his role as an informant. At the same time he does not want to accept that his career is finished at ADM. When the company discovered that Whitacre has forged company contracts, the tide turns. The investigators and the Justice Department must find that their informant has no white vest, but large bribes pocketed. Set of ADM under pressure, the FBI eventually determined against his own informants. The embezzled sums are first, then, later estimated by Whitacre with 1.5 million of 5 million to 7.7 million U.S. dollars. In the end he admits to have defrauded the company by 9.5 million U.S. dollars - but maybe it was even 11.5 million U.S. dollars.

Mark Whitacre was sentenced to nine years in prison, the mastermind of the price fixing at ADM received three years in prison and be sentenced to heavy fines.


After Steven Soderbergh was completed in 2002 the production of the feature film Ocean's Eleven, he announced that he wanted the book The Informant by Kurt Eichenwald film, who had worked as a journalist for the New York Times. Scott Z. Burns wrote the script based on Oak Forest Code.

The film was shot at various locations in Illinois, Missouri, California, Arizona, Hawaii, Paris and Zurich. Filming began on 29 April 2008 and ended in June 2008. Approximately 40 miles from Decatur was shot also in Whitacre's former residence in Moweaqua, Illinois, a small town away. The budget of the film was estimated at 21 million U.S. dollars. The film premiered on 7 September 2009 its world premiere at the film festival in Venice. It was followed by other screenings at various international film festivals. From 18 September 2009, the film in the U.S., Canada and in Italy was seen. From 5 November 2009, he was shown in Germany. On the opening weekend almost 10.5 million U.S. dollars have been recorded in the U.S., the total revenue in the U.S. totaled 33.3 million U.S. dollars.

In the 168th episode of Chicago Public Radio produced radio program This American Life, which aired on 15 September 2000, the same action by Mark Whitacre is discussed.

Matt Damon took on the role of more than 10 kg to body weight to look like the chubby Mark Whitacre.


The ARD culture department verdict: " Matt Damon, a Biedermann as arsonist who had anfuttern overweight and winking through a POS frame is stunning in his fifth film with Soderbergh as a likeable psychopath. He plays Marc Whitacre insecure, cunning and loving - a working mixture in itself. And the story perfectly fits the current financial and moral crisis. The real Whitacre is very satisfied with the result of the viewers it should be and have fun in this sardonic farce. "

The editors of Cinema says: " " The Informant " could have been a shrill farce, but Soderbergh does zerläppern the history and zerfranseln! . Underlaid with snappy swing music takes place as a battle of the idiots, but that remains strangely dull and expressionless at the end. Conclusion: Amusing, but not really locate attractive farce about the deals and tricks of the financial world, not evil enough and much too talkative. "

Carsten Baumgardt movie starts is of the opinion, " Soderbergh turns the story of an economic criminal and impostor [ ... ] an elegant and absurd spy comedy. " Here, the character Whitacre was a person who " from a falsehood falls into the next until no one knows where is the back and front -. neither the protagonist nor the audience " for the presentation Matt Damon Baumgardt found positive words, yet remain open, " what the director really want to say "because" Soderbergh subliminal game with truth and deception " is consistently " excellent. "


The film was nominated at the 2009 Satellite Awards for best film in the category of comedy and musicals, while Matt Damon was nominated for best actor of comedy and musicals, and Marvin Hamlisch was nominated for the best film music.

Also in 2009, Matt Damon was at the Chicago Film Critics Association Awards for Best Actor again and again nominated Marvin Hamlisch for the best film music. In addition, Scott Z. Burns received a nomination for best adapted screenplay.

The Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards and the Online Film Critics Society at Awards Marvin Hamlisch 2010 received additional nominations for Best Film Music. The soundtrack was also nominated for the Golden Reel Awards 2010.

At the Golden Globe Award 2010 Hamlisch was again nominated for the best film music, as well as Matt Damon received another nomination for Best Actor in a Comedy or Musical.