A private investigator is hired to discover if a "snuff film" is authentic or not.

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Amy Welles
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Senator Michaelson
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A small, seemingly innocuous plastic reel of film leads surveillance specialist Tom Welles down an increasingly dark and frightening path. With the help of the streetwise Max, Welles relentlessly follows a bizarre trail of evidence to determine the fate of a complete stranger. As his work turns into obsession, he drifts farther and farther away from his wife, family and simple life as a small-town private eye. Written by Columbia Pictures

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You can't prepare for where the truth will take you. See more »

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Mystery | Thriller

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Rated R for strong perverse sexuality and violence, and for strong language | See all certifications »

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26 February 1999 (USA)  »

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8 Millimeter  »

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$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$14,252,888 (USA) (26 February 1999)

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$36,283,504 (USA) (7 May 1999)
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The plot is extremely similar to that of Hardcore (1979) in which a man (George C. Scott) hires a private detective to track down his daughter after she runs away and he sees her in an 8mm porno movie. The plot is also very similar to a book called "The Cutting Room" by Louise Welsh, in which an estate auctioneer finds disturbing photos among a client's porno collection and endeavors to find out if the girl in the pictures was actually killed. See more »

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At one point in the film, Tom is injured and drives himself to a hospital for treatment. The nature of his injury would most certainly be reported to the police by any number of hospital staff, who would no doubt have more than a few questions as to Tom's injuries and not simply send him on his way. See more »

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Airport Announcer: Welcome to Miami. While in the airport, please observe Florida and local laws which prohibit any smoking in the terminal. Thank you for not smoking.
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Referenced in The Cinema Snob: Bushwhacked (2016) See more »

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Sick With It
Written by Tairrie Beth, Marcelo Palomino, Rico Villasenor & Brian Harrah
Performed by Tura Satana
Courtesy of Noise Records
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Beware Of Brutal Topic
3 May 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Wow, this is a tough subject but not as sordid a film as I figured it would be, although be warned the last 30 minutes are really rough in spots. Speaking of spots, this is a bloody movie in spots, too and very profane after the first 40 minutes. Yet, despite the unpleasant nature of the story (making a "snuff film" - filming the killing of people) it's a riveting one, well-acted and doesn't overdo the violence. The characters in here are some of the most despicable you could find - killer and porn kings.

Even our hero here, played by Nicholas Cage, starts off as a clean-cut fairly straight dude, and changes for the worst, too. Joaquin Phoenix has a good line in here, with the prophetic statement, "The devil doesn't change; he changes you."

James Gandolfini and Peter Stormare play characters about as bad you'll ever find in a movie. This film is not, as they say, for all tastes. It will turn off a lot of people but it is interesting and good revenge story, if you like that sort of thing and know what you're in for before watching this.


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