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Thursday, September 17, 2009

The Informant

The Informant is a movie about the true story of price fixing at Archer Daniels Midland and the employee who brought it to justice by spying for the FBI. A lot of the show was filmed in Decatur, Illinois, home of ADM, with a few parts filmed in Springfield and Chicago. (Trailer.)

If you don't already know the story, which in my opinion did not receive enough press compared to the ridiculous amount of attention the media gives some, much less important stories these days, you should. So much of the food we buy at the grocery store has some component (note I didn't say ingredient) that was produced by ADM to get it from the seed grower to the farm to your kitchen. And ADM stuff is not just in canned or boxed food; it's also in our fresh meat and produce.

NPR's This American Life did an hour on the employee and the story in September of 2000. They're re-airing tomorrow, but it's already online if you want to listen now (The Fix is In).

The Informant opens tomorrow around the country and at Showplace 8 and Showplace 12 in Springfield, Illinois.

One more thing on a semi-related note: Despite the fact that Michael Clayton (the movie), is total fiction, and has absolutely nothing to do with ADM, when I watched it, I got these fleetingly brief mental images how it could be. But, again, it is not. That's just what I saw. I'm not saying you would.

Edit: I neglected to mention the movie is based on a book of the same name by Kurt Eichenwald about the true story... And I forgot the most important thing, the exclamation point. It's The Informant! I'm not a very good blogger. I quit.

Posted by Marie at September 17, 2009 12:52 PM


I can't believe you think the media [YALE MURDER!] give too much attention (KANYE WEST!] to less important stories [WHITNEY HOUSTON OPRAHPALOOZA!] these days [JAYCEE DUGARD REUNITED WITH PETS!].

Posted by: Dan at September 18, 2009 12:26 AM

Yeah, not to mention the swine flu (or as one of my Twitter friends called it today, hamthrax) coverage 24/14 (that's 14 days for emphasis as opposed to the usual 7) way back when only four people on the planet had it. Now that the thing is actually spreading, it barely gets a mention.

Posted by: Marie at September 18, 2009 1:00 AM

The implications of Michael Clayton are terrifying. That a loose cannon (Tom Wilkinson in a great performance) could be dealt with so efficiently scares me. Great movie. Don't quit. :)

Posted by: Rob Author Profile Page at September 18, 2009 11:55 AM

Tom Wilkinson's character's staged death was one of the most chilling things I've seen on film. I'm not really quitting. Thanks, Rob.

Posted by: Marie at September 18, 2009 10:46 PM

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