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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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Storyline

Private investigator Tom Welles is hired by the recently widowed Mrs. Christian who has found a startling pornographic film in her late husband's possessions. In the film a teenage girl is apparently killed and Welles is pretty sure it's a genuine snuff film. He takes the case, first going through records of runaways finally identifying the girl and learning that she may have run off to California. There he enters the seedy underworld of pornography with the help of Max California, a porn store clerk. His principal clue is the masked man who killed the girl as he has a unique tattoo on his hand. He soon finds the culprits but there is little satisfaction in resolving the mystery. Written by garykmcd

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Be careful when you kill a monster, that you don't become one yourself See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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)

Gross:

£2,391,380 (UK) (21 May 1999)
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Trivia

Max (Joaquin Phoenix) likes to read Truman Capote. Catherine Keener, who plays Tom's wife, starred alongside Philip Seymour Hoffman in the movie Capote (2005). See more »

Goofs

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 16mm: The Continuing Story of Ssgt. Raymond Shaw (2014) 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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Fantastic!!
30 October 2002 | by (Hayes, Middlesex, England) – See all my reviews

8MM was a very dark and powerful film featuring the seedy underground world of pornography and snuff movies. It was, to be frank, fantastic. Nic Cage, rapidly becoming one of my favourite actors, walks through with a disgusted air and even Joaquin Phoenix, who I've never been that impressed with, hit the nail as a porn shop manager

Deeply disturbing, yes. Highly compelling, yes. A good buy... you bet!


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