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Notorious (2009)

R  |   |  Biography, Drama, Music  |  16 January 2009 (USA)
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The life and death story of Notorious B.I.G. (a.k.a. Christopher Wallace), who came straight out of Brooklyn to take the world of rap music by storm.

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Storyline

NOTORIOUS is the story of Christopher Wallace. Through raw talent and sheer determination, Wallace transforms himself from Brooklyn street hustler (once selling crack to pregnant women) to one of the greatest rappers of all time; THE NOTORIOUS B.I.G. Follow his meteoric rise to fame and his refusal to succumb to expectations - redefining our notion of "The American Dream." Written by Fox Searchlight Pictures

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The story of the man behind the legend. See more »

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Biography | Drama | Music

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Rated R for pervasive language, some strong sexuality including dialogue, nudity, and for drug content | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

16 January 2009 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Untitled Notorious B.I.G. Project  »

Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$20,497,596 (USA) (16 January 2009)

Gross:

$36,842,118 (USA) (27 March 2009)
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Trivia

When Biggie is rapping right before he lays the vocals down for "Juicy" he is reciting the first verse from "Unbelievable" and is told to stop messing around. The song "Unbelievable" was one of the very last added to the album Ready to Die and according to the producer DJ Premier, he never even wrote anything down, just went in the booth and laid the track down on the spot. See more »

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In the middle, when Biggie was crossing the street to talk to a woman, A Ford Crown Victoria stretch taxicab with the new NYC Taxi decals is seen. But Ford did not create a stretch Crown Victoria until 2002, And The new taxi decals were not used until mid-2007, 10 years after Biggie's death. See more »

Quotes

Notorious B.I.G.: What's up, Big Mama?
Lil Kim: What did you just call me?
Notorious B.I.G.: Big Mama. You looking damn good. How was work today?
Lil Kim: Everyday you ask me how I'm doing. What's that about?
Notorious B.I.G.: [Smiling] It's cause I care. You know what I'm saying?
Lil Kim: Yeah, right. Whatever you say, Big Poppa.
Notorious B.I.G.: [laughing] You know, you got a smart-ass mouth!
Lil Kim: What, you gonna do something about it?
[pauses, and stares B.I.G down]
Lil Kim: Nah, I didn't think so.
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References Juice (1992) See more »

Soundtracks

I Gotta Deal with the Ladies
Written by Jesse Shatkin, Roshmond Patten, Marc Ferrari and Josh Kessler
Performed by Sum Kid
Courtesy of Marc Ferrari/MasterSource
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A movie for Biggie fans
27 January 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

That should have been the title of the movie. Everything about this movie glorified Big..... if he was a nerdy student - he's gonna the nerdiest student.... if he was a drug dealer - he was gonna be the biggest drug dealer - complete with him sitting in a dark room with that one light that shines down on the table (classic).... if he didn't know anything about Tupac's murder - then he's gonna appear as if he was absolutely oblivious to that entire situation.... not to mention one of the supporting characters in this movie, Kim.... if Kim was gonna be a ho - she's gonna be the dirtiest ho ever.... If I didn't know any better, I would assume the only way she came up was by f'king Biggie.... This is a one-sided, shallow view of a person's life. Biggie fans want to remember his legacy flawless and that can be understood. Sure why not? This movie was made for you..... It's a story told as though a mother is speaking of her lost son who could do no wrong.....

Recommendation: Why not learn who Biggie was by beefing up the content of the supporting cast.... his first baby's momma for starters, and what about other artists that he interacted with? We could have seen a more developed, well-rounded and truthful character. Possibly even learn something about him that hasn't already been discussed in magazines or on TV....


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