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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

Christopher Jordan Wallace, who plays a young Biggie, is the son of Biggie and Faith Evans. See more »

Goofs

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Sean Combs: Nigga, Ahm *hungry*!
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References Starsky and Hutch (1975) See more »

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Juicy
Written by Sean Combs, The Notorious B.I.G. (as Christopher Wallace), Jean Claude Olivier (as Jean-Claude Olivier) and James Mtume
Performed by Jamal Woolard, Derek Luke and Lamont 'Money L' Mosley
(contains a sample of "Juicy Fruit"
Performed by James Mtume (as Mtume)
Courtesy of Epic Records by arrangement with SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT)
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Sick of people writing things that make no sense !
18 January 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

First off, I went to see this movie, just left as a matter of fact and I think the movie was very well done. For the people saying that the movie was anti-climatic, what was the climax supposed to be ? We all know how it ends, or should they have added more to the story for dramatic effect so we could then talk about how fake it was, and how it didn't really happen that way ? They told it the way it happened It seems that many people are forgetting that this was a movie about someone's life, not somethingfabricated or concocted simply for the purpose of entertainment. It is supposed to tell a story,his story and if you are a true fan of B.I.G. then that should be the reason you went to see it. What good would that have done to his legacy to fill the movie up with speculation about who did what, if anything it just would have reignited the war between east and west for trying to implicate people in the shooting. The purpose was to show that behind the persona of Big Poppa was a real person, a person that loved and was loved by many people. Honestly its silly to be upset about the fact that it doesn't tell you who shot Pac, or B.I.G.,why diminish from the memory of either by using Biggie's life story to speculate on something that no one but those responsible, knows the answer to ? Also Pac, though I am a huge fan of his music as well, is just a supporting character, this movie wasn't about him, it was about Christopher Wallace, the man, the son, the father and the husband. I get sick of people making comments with no basis or foundation. Of cours things are going to be left out, it's inevitable,seeing as how you can't fit 24 years of someone's life into 2 hours of film, they put in the parts that were relevant to the story of how he came up, his brief career which introduced him to us all, and his tragic ending. I for one was touched, I bobbed my head, I laughed, I reminisced and I cried, and for 1 movie to evoke that many emotions, I say it's a job well done. I for one think B.I.G would be proud, so if you are one of those people that don't even like rap music, then here's some advice:don't even post a comment, better yet don't go see the movie, keep your negative comments to yourself. For those that loved B.I.G he was special to us, and deserving of his story being told just like anybody else who has left us and had their story touch our lives. He left a void, and hip-hop hasn't been the same since he left us. I loved the movie, and would gladly pay my $6.50 to see it again.


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