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)

Gross:

$36,283,504 (USA) (7 May 1999)
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The film's production encountered concerns regarding the dark subject matter, and the studio asked Andrew Kevin Walker to lighten the film's tone. With Joel Schumacher as director, Walker felt a rewrite would no longer be needed. As it turned out, Schumacher supported the studio and made changes of his own, leading to a much-publicized fallout between the two, with Walker virtually disowning the film and walking away from the set. He refused to even watch it. See more »

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Tom Welles' transportation of his firearm throughout the film is at odds with reality in many ways. While it is legal to travel by air with a firearm, it must be done in a locked case that is inspected by airport security (even in the pre-TSA days), then stored with checked baggage. Any security personnel noticing a NFA item, in this case Tom's suppressor, heading for a state where they are prohibited (CA and NY in this case) would certainly suggest to Tom that this is a very bad idea, and a felony. In order to do this legally, Tom would need to file a NFA Form 20 and have very specific firearms dealer and manufacturer licensing, which it is extremely unlikely a random PI would have.

Further, while it is likely that Wells, as a private investigator, would have a carry license in his home state, it is extremely unlikely that a PI based on the east coast would have any privileges in California, and largely impossible that he would have such in NYC. It is unlikely an experienced PI would risk losing their license, and a lengthy prison term, to transport a suppressor around the country just in case they happened to need it. 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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Followed by 8MM 2 (2005) 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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