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


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Amy Welles
Myra Carter ...
Mrs. Christian
Jenny Powell ...
Senator Michaelson
Luis Oropeza ...
Archive Director
Mr. Anderson


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


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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

26 February 1999 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

8 Millimeter  »

Box Office


$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


$36,283,504 (USA) (7 May 1999)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The graffiti-covered buildings shown in the film are all that is left of some radar buildings built by Howard Hughes. See more »


The black car that Tom drives has a license plate in some scenes, but does not in others. See more »


[first lines]
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 Thesis (1996) See more »


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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User Reviews

Well made, but disturbing. Watch with care.
27 February 1999 | by (Helsinki) – See all my reviews

I walked into the movie theater last Friday not expecting at all what I was about to see. I'd heard about it, thought "Oh, another Seven". Same screenwriter, but I was way off track. I can stomach a lot, having no problem stuffing down popcorn during very graphic scenes. In 8MM, my coke had trouble going down. 8MM did not have consistent gory/violent scenes, but the way the movie was made made you fill in the blanks of what the makers of the movie could not screen. And if you pay attention and immerse yourself, you fill in more blanks than you really think you could, or want. As Max put it: "the devil changes you." The perversity and deep rottenness of the human minds displayed in 8MM is what disturbs you. Then you realize, that "snuff"-movies are real, that there are individuals twisted enough to endorse/enjoy/take part in it. And worst of all, that these individuals don't look like monsters, they're perhaps just overweight nearsighted men who look like your dad, your son, your brother, even yourself. And if you don't look out,(no matter how secluded you think you are in your suburban home, with a wife, a daughter, and a dog named Shep) you dive into the pit of perversion and rottenness as well, finding no way out. In conclusion: excellent music, acting very sufficient, the plot: a must see. Just don't bring popcorn, and prepare to walk out of the movie theatre disturbed, asking questions, and a little bit more suspicious of those walking around you, and yourself.

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