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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:
compelling look into a man's life See more (32 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

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)

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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1.85 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

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 Menace II Society (1993)See more »
Soundtrack:
America the BeautifulSee more »

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10 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
compelling look into a man's life, 18 September 2004
Author: Roland E. Zwick (magneteach@aol.com) from United States

Gangsta' Rap artist Tupac Shakur was gunned down on the streets of Las Vegas in 1996, the end result of the life he led and the people he knew. He was 25. The documentary 'Tupac: Resurrection' takes an unusual and interesting approach to its subject, allowing the deceased singer to speak to us, as it were, directly from the grave. The film begins with him commenting on his own murder, then tracing back over the events of his life as a means of both setting the record straight and trying to make some sense out of all that happened to him in his very brief time here on earth.

The film, directed by Lauren Lazin, relies primarily on interviews Tupac gave throughout his short career, supplemented with some additional commentary from those who knew him best. Though he became a lightning rod of controversy due to both his criminal activities and his provocative (i.e. violent, sexist) lyrics, Tupac saw himself more as a 'voice of the people,' using his music as a vehicle for reaching out to and connecting with the downtrodden, impoverished blacks living in the kinds of ghettoes from which he himself sprang. However, even many well-known black leaders and spokespersons had trouble accepting Tupac's rather rose-colored definition of himself. What's most interesting about 'Tupac: Resurrection' is the dichotomy it establishes between the violence, drug use and criminal activities which played so prominent a part in Tupac's life, and the genial, reflective, almost apologetic tone of so much of what we hear him saying. It's hard to know just how much of what has found its way into this film is really raw truth and how much is sugarcoated revisionism designed to 'resurrect' and burnish a man's posthumous image and reputation. His views on women come out particularly incoherent and unresolved. Yet, 'Tupac: Resurrection' is an intriguing documentary because it gives us a glimpse not only into a strangely conflicted individual but also into the even more bizarre world of corporate thuggery he inhabited. Like many artists who have attempted to speak for the 'little people,' Tupac became a victim of his own success and celebrity, living the kind of pampered lifestyle that most of the people he was singing about would clearly never know. It's a conflict as old as art itself, and it is one that Tupac, for understandable reasons, was never able to resolve in his own life. Interestingly, however, his brutal death at the hands of murderous rivals, demonstrated that he never made it quite so far from his roots as his lavish lifestyle might otherwise have suggested.

As a document, the film traces Tupac from his early years as the child of two Black Panther members ( a pedigree that, he believes, set him on the path to social crusader early on), through his youth in poverty, his exposure to literature and drama at a performing arts high school in Baltimore, his early attempts at performing, his meteoric rise in the music industry, his years as a controversial celebrity, his burgeoning film career, his continuing battles with police, the first attempt on his life, his conviction for rape, his time in prison, and, finally, to the rivalry between his own West Coast label, Death Row Records, and the East Coast label, Bad Boy Records, which ultimately led to his untimely death. For that little bit of history alone, the film is worth watching.

As someone who knew very little about the life of Tupac - and even less about his music - before watching the movie, I found him to be both appealing and repellant, frightening and charismatic. The film leaves the audience feeling as conflicted as the subject - which is what a truly successful documentary should do after all.

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