***½/**** Image A Sound A Extras D
starring Al Pacino, Russell Crowe, Christopher Plummer, Diane Venora
screenplay by Eric Roth & Michael Mann
directed by Michael Mann
by Bill Chambers "60 Minutes" segment producer Lowell Bergman (Al Pacino) has contacted Dr. Jeffrey Wigand (Russell Crowe) in his search for a professional to interpret an innocuous book of scientific data on the fire hazards of smoking. Wigand, a chemist who was recently sent packing by cigarette manufacturer Brown & Williamson, incorrectly assumes from Bergman's call that a newshound is after him to break the confidentiality agreement he signed as part of a severance package. Wigand promptly faxes a message back that reads: "Can't talk. Won't talk. Don't want to."