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


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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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)


£2,391,380 (UK) (21 May 1999)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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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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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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