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Tupac: Resurrection -- Home movies, photographs, and recited poetry illustrate the life of Tupac Shakur, one of the most beloved, revolutionary, and volatile hip-hop MCs of all time.

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Release Date:
14 November 2003 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
In his own words
Plot:
Home movies, photographs, and recited poetry illustrate the life of Tupac Shakur, one of the most beloved, revolutionary, and volatile hip-hop M.Cs. of all time. | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 1 win & 6 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
A biased but beautiful documentary about a brilliant mind See more (32 total) »

Cast

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Tupac Shakur ... Himself (archive footage)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Rappin' 4-Tay ... Himself (archive footage)

Conrad Bain ... (archive footage)

Bill Bellamy ... Himself (archive footage)
William J. Bennett ... Himself (archive footage)

Todd Bridges ... (archive footage)
Pat Buchanan ... Himself (archive footage)

James Cagney ... (archive footage)
Connie Chung ... Herself (archive footage)
Eldridge Cleaver ... Himself (archive footage)
Kathleen Cleaver ... Herself (archive footage)

Gary Coleman ... Himself (archive footage)

Sean Combs ... Himself (archive footage) (as Puffy Combs)

Chris Connelly ... Himself (archive footage)

Anthony 'Treach' Criss ... Himself (archive footage)

Peter Criss ... Himself (archive footage)

Snoop Dogg ... Himself (archive footage)

Bob Dole ... Himself (archive footage)

Dr. Dre ... Himself (archive footage)
Doctor Dré ... Himself (archive footage)
Eazy-E ... Himself (archive footage)

Omar Epps ... (archive footage)

Faith Evans ... Herself (archive footage)

Fab 5 Freddy ... Himself (archive footage)

Ace Frehley ... Himself (archive footage)
Yafeu Fula ... Himself (archive footage)
Ed Gordon ... Himself (archive footage)

Jasmine Guy ... Herself (archive footage)

Arsenio Hall ... Himself (archive footage)
Fred Hampton ... Himself (archive footage)
Jermaine 'Huggy' Hopkins ... (archive footage)

Albert Hughes ... Himself (archive footage)

Allen Hughes ... Himself (archive footage)
Humpty Hump ... Himself (archive footage) (as Shock G)
Kyle Iboshi ... Himself (archive footage)

Ice-T ... Himself (archive footage)
Johnny J ... Himself (archive footage)

Janet Jackson ... (archive footage)

Jesse Jackson ... Himself (archive footage)

Khalil Kain ... (archive footage)
Sardar Khan ... Himself / Candyman 187 (archive footage)

Regina King ... (archive footage)
Rodney King ... Himself (archive footage)
Marion 'Suge' Knight ... Himself (archive footage)

Kurupt ... Himself (archive footage)

Kurt Loder ... Himself (archive footage)

Lisa 'Left Eye' Lopes ... Herself (archive footage)

Ed Lover ... Himself (archive footage)
Harold McCoo ... Himself (archive footage)
Money-B ... Himself (archive footage)

John Norris ... Himself (archive footage)

The Notorious B.I.G. ... Himself (archive footage) (as Biggie Smalls)

Jada Pinkett Smith ... (archive footage)
Dan Quayle ... Himself (archive footage) (as Vice President Dan Quayle)

Nancy Reagan ... Herself (archive footage)

Ronald Reagan ... Himself (archive footage)

Simon Rex ... Himself (archive footage)

Tim Roth ... Himself (archive footage)
Afeni Shakur ... Herself (archive footage)

Al Sharpton ... Himself (archive footage)

Gene Simmons ... Himself (archive footage)

John Singleton ... Himself (archive footage)

Gene Siskel ... Himself (archive footage)

Will Smith ... Himself (archive footage)
Tabitha Soren ... Herself (archive footage)

Paul Stanley ... Himself (archive footage)
C. Delores Tucker ... Herself (archive footage)
Voletta Wallace ... Herself (archive footage)

Dionne Warwick ... Herself (archive footage)

Marlon Wayans ... Himself (archive footage)
Chris Webber ... Himself (archive footage)

Bokeem Woodbine ... (archive footage)
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Directed by
Lauren Lazin 
 
Produced by
Karolyn Ali .... producer
Richard Burrier .... senior associate producer
Michael Cole .... co-producer
Tyrone D. Dixon .... line producer
David Gale .... executive producer
Katy Garfield .... associate producer
Barion Grant .... associate producer
Preston L. Holmes .... producer
Azon Juan .... associate producer
Abbie Kearse .... producer: interview segment
Dina Lapolt .... co-producer
Lauren Lazin .... producer
Jonathan Mussman .... line producer
Gobi M. Rahimi .... field producer (as Gobi)
Afeni Shakur .... executive producer
J. Kevin Swain .... field producer
Van Toffler .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Mikie Da Poet 
 
Cinematography by
Jon Else 
 
Film Editing by
Richard Calderon 
 
Production Management
Paul Leonardo Jr. .... post-production supervisor
 
Sound Department
Richard Calderon .... sound editor
Dale Chase .... assistant sound editor
Christopher Koch .... sound editor
Susan Pelino .... sound editor
Susan Pelino .... sound mixer (as Sue Pelino)
Dominick Tavella .... sound re-recording mixer
 
Visual Effects by
Brian Scott Benson .... visual effects
Aaron Kent .... digital artist
Stephanie Masarsky .... visual effects producer
Fred Salkind .... visual design director
Mark Thompson .... digital artist
Anna Toonk .... visual effects coordinator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Leyla Monique Guzman .... second assistant camera
Patrick Heaphy .... camera operator
 
Animation Department
Tom Karras .... coloring assistant
Aaron Kent .... lead animator
 
Editorial Department
Eric Alvarado .... colorist
George Bunce .... on-line editor: high definition video
Michael Hatzer .... color timer
Peter Heady .... on-line editor: HDTV
Danny Hogan .... assistant on-line editor: HDTV
Gary Scarpulla .... video colorist
 
Music Department
Molly Monjauze .... music coordinator
Mikie Da Poet .... composer: additional music
Afeni Shakur .... music supervisor
 
Other crew
Bruce Adams .... visual design associate producer
Nathan Hof .... production assistant
Cheryl Boone Isaacs .... marketing & public relations: outside contractors
Cheryl Boone Isaacs .... marketing consultant
Benjamin Murray .... titles
Michael Rapaport .... business manager
Jane Sangster .... principal interviews by
Tom Schaus .... helicopter pilot
Barry Owen Smoler .... production associate
 
Thanks
Volga Calderon .... special thanks
Mark Doctrow .... special thanks
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"2Pac: Resurrection" - Japan (English title)
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MPAA:
Rated R for strong language and images of drugs, violence and sex
Runtime:
USA:112 min | Argentina:112 min
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Trivia:
Eminem produced three songs for the film's soundtrack free of charge as a sign of respect to Tupac's mother, Afeni Shakur.See more »
Quotes:
Tupac Shakur:What makes me saying 'I don't give a f - -' different than Patrick Henry saying 'Give me liberty or give me death'?See more »
Movie Connections:
References The Godfather (1972)See more »
Soundtrack:
Runnin' (Dying to Live)See more »

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47 out of 54 people found the following review useful.
A biased but beautiful documentary about a brilliant mind, 20 November 2003
Author: LoveCoates from Los Angeles

One never knows what to expect out of rock films. Going into Tupac: Resurrection, I half expected another mediocre blaxploitation groaner. The other half expected a gushy MTVish drool-fest out to promote the soundtrack artists, including current corporate media darling 50 Cent.

Resurrection is neither. The producer is not some slick Hollywood mogul with no understanding of rap except as a source for making a quick buck. Instead, Afeni Shakur, the late rapper's mother, takes charge. As both executive producer and the dominant force in her son's short life, her personal agenda impacts every frame. Like all documentaries, this is an extremely one-sided account, and it is likely due to her input that the movie downplays the darker aspects of Pac's self-destructive downward spiral after his move to Death Row Records. Nor is the film harsh enough on Tupac's seemingly endless capacity for paranoia and irresponsibility.

Fortunately, she also makes the crucial decision not to dwell on more tired hash-rehash of so called East Coast/West Coast rap war, which the movie clarifies as less of a reality than a media event. Nor does it choose to linger on the numerous rumors and conspiracies surrounding Tupac's murder.

Shakur and director Lauren Lazin wisely decide to let Tupac's voice carry the film. Lazin wisely refrains from using the masterful, propagandistic gimmicks of a Michael Moore documentary. There are no distracting interviews or massively-edited montages. As a result, the movie has a lyrical, sacred tone. History has mystified Pac as a martyr for West Coast gangsta rap, although during his lifetime he only released one such album. Few choose to remember that Death Row was the twilight of his life, that he spent the first half-decade of his career recording in the East where he grew up. It is here that the film takes its cue.

Resurrection lays bare a magnetic, arrogant, charismatic spirit that immediately affirms why Pac remains one of rap's only true megastars. Though the film is not hard enough on how his growing obstinacy may have hastened his demise, it does not shy away from the controversy, the premonitions of death, the sex abuse conviction, and the inflated ego. The result is a well-drawn sketch of man aware of his genius but haunted by demons, a tortured soul navigating a realm more thuggish than he was at his core, a contradiction which plays as a general commentary on rap's manufactured images.

This movie's production value alone easily outclasses nearly every other cinematic work that has ever pretended to be about hip-hop. It bears little resemblance to How High or Belly or to the shameless self-promotion of the vanity project 8 Mile, which was so sanitized as to kill any revelations it might have made about its star Eminem, the most high profile rapper to yet arise. I don't understand how someone could praise 8 Mile for its beauty and honesty (it isn't) and then criticize this film.

By contrast, the sincerity of Resurrection solidifies Pac's reputation as `the only rapper that matters.' It shows why he is peerless and maybe the greatest artist the genre has yet produced: whatever can be said about his music, as an intelligent personality there is simply no one else in his class. He is so much more painfully relevant than all star rappers, and the sharpness of his observations on everything from politics to poverty leaves dust in the eyes of all his contemporaries. He represents a paradigm that has become all-too-rare in a musical form now dominated by cartoon images: a constructive rather than destructive point-of-view.

A ball of contradictions, Tupac is finally much more complex and brilliant than most people would expect. People are uninformed and uninterested in hip-hop probably will get little out of this movie. Those who know will realize that the biggest tragedy is that not that Tupac died before reaching his full potential, but that other young black men with similar sensibilities rarely reach his level of visibility. 9.5/10.

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