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8MM (1999)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama, Mystery  |  26 February 1999 (USA)
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A private investigator is hired to discover if a "snuff film" is authentic or not.

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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 »


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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)  »

Also Known As:

8 Millimeter  »

Box Office

Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£733,535 (UK) (23 April 1999)

Gross:

£2,391,380 (UK) (21 May 1999)
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Trivia

James Gandolfini's characters have been interestingly cast over the years: In True Romance, released 1994, his character was killed by that of Patricia Arquette's. Later, Patricia would marry Nicholas Cage, who would star alongside James in this film, and James' character is killed by that of Nicholas Cage's. Both of James Gandolfini's characters were killed by a woman and a man who would be married for a while. See more »

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When Tom Welles and Eddie Poole are at the place where Mary was killed, outside it is night, but when they are inside, through the windows it looks like sun is shining. 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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References Manhunter (1986) See more »

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Come To Daddy
Written by Richard James
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Festering
21 February 2002 | by (Sydney, Australia) – See all my reviews

"8mm" sucks you in from the moment you watch the snuff film with Nicholas Cage, not letting you go until the very end, where it spits you out encased in a cocoon of bloody phlegm.

The director successfully creates a gritty atmosphere that remains constant right up until the end, but the plot isn't so lucky. As others have pointed out, things get ridiculous towards the films finale, which if crafted with more tact could have made "8mm" a great film rather than simply an entertaining one.

Cage gives a good, rather sombre performance as the private investigator hired to determine the authenticity of a snuff film found in the late husband of a senator's safe. From there on he's plopped into the festering world of deviant pornography, forced to explore the seedy bowels of stomach-churningly filthy underground sexual practices. Amy Morton's performance as Mary Ann's mother is perfect, conveying the emotions of a distraught, depressed mother beautifully. Joaquin Pheonix steals the show as the charismatic owner of a sex-shop.

Full of suspense, this film should at least entertain you as you watch with disgust and repulsion some of the dirtiest human habits imaginable.

7 out of 10.


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