The Informant

September 18th 2009
  • Comedy/Drama,
  • R,
  • 108 min,
  • Paramount Pictures
  • Cast: Matt Damon, Lucas Carroll, Eddie Jemison, Rusty Schwimmer, Tom Papa, Rick Overton, Melanie Lynskey, Tom Wilson, Scott Bakula, Scott Adsit, Ann Dowd, Allan Havey, Howie Johnson, Joel McHale, Andrew Daly, Hans Tester, Ludger Pistor, Rome Kanda, Yoshio Be, Raymond Ma, HervĂ© Deschamps, Pascal Ifri, Ann Cusack, Dann Seki, Jayden Lund, William Marsh, Tom Smothers, Clancy Brown, Bob Zany, Tony Hale, Richard Horvitz, Brian Gallivan, Daniel Hagen, Samantha Albert, Jimmy Brogan
  • Director: Steven Soderbergh
  • Writer: Scott Z. Burns
  • Producers: Howard Braunstein, Kurt Eichenwald, Jennifer Fox, Gregory Jacobs, Michael Jaffe
  • Co Producer: Michael Polaire
  • Executive Producers: George Clooney, Michael London, Jeff Skoll
  • Art Directions: Billy Hunter, David Scott
  • Casting: Carmen Cuba
  • Costume Design: Shoshana Rubin
  • D.O.P.: Steven Soderbergh
  • Editor: Stephen Mirrione
  • Makeup: Elisa Marsh
  • Music: Marvin Hamlisch
  • Production Design: Doug J. Meerdink
  • Set Decorations: Daniel B. Clancy, Curtis Maneno


Based on the book by Kurt Eichenwald. 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.

Basic Information

  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Filming Locations: Chicago, USA; Hawaii; Pasadena, USA; St. Louis, USA; Zurich, Switzerland
  • MPAA Warning: Language
  • Production Budget: $21 million
  • Production Companies: Warner Bros. Pictures, Participant Media, Groundswell Productions, Section Eight, Jaffe / Braunstein Enterprise
  • Production Schedule: 29 April 2008 - June 2008

Featured Articles


- Damon gained 20-30 pounds for the role in order to look like the doughy Whitacre

- This story was the subject of the 9-15-2000 episode (#168) of This American Life entitled "The Fix is In."

- Filming was done at the former Whitacre mansion in Moweaqua, Illinois

- Some exterior shots were done in Mesa, Arizona in November 2008

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Worldwide Release Dates

  • 18 September 2009: Italy
  • 25 September 2009: Spain
  • 1 October 2009: Greece
  • 2 October 2009: Norway
  • 9 October 2009: Brazil, Sweden
  • 15 October 2009: New Zealand
  • 16 October 2009: Finland, South Africa
  • 29 October 2009: Malaysia, Netherlands, Portugal, Slovenia
  • 30 October 2009: Denmark, Iceland
  • 5 November 2009: Czech Republic, Germany, Russia, Ukraine
  • 12 November 2009: Argentina
  • 18 November 2009: Belgium
  • 19 November 2009: Slovakia
  • 20 November 2009: Lithuania, UK
  • 27 November 2009: Estonia
  • 3 December 2009: Australia