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Notorious (2009)

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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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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 »


Biography | Drama | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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


$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


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

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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The writer Director Antwone Fisher sat across Biggie the night he died and Antwone's wife LaNette Fisher grew up 3 blocks away from Biggie's supposed killer. See more »


In a brief establishing shot of Times Square, a billboard poster for "Chicken Run" can be seen. Chicken Run was released in 2000, and Biggie died in 1997. There is also a poster for "Will & Grace" on NBC, which premiered the year after his death (1998). See more »


Notorious B.I.G.: Yo, Puff... maybe in the right hands, I could be one of the greatest.
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References Roots (1977) See more »


Written by Pete Stringfellow, Jason Beltz and Kyle Beeler
Performed by BB Swing and Ledisi Young
Courtesy of Marc Ferrari/MasterSource
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Flawed but touching biopic.
11 April 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Notorious kept my interest until the end. I thought Woolard did a great Biggie and the set pieces were spot on. The editing and production value was tight and the plot seemed to flow well. The music was perfect for the time it was representing, and the east/west coast rivalry of the mid 90s was portrayed well. Unfortunately Notorious is a safe movie, hardly shedding any light on Christopher Wallace and the "gangster" times. The Tupac issue was treaded lightly and I never really felt the connection. You would think with Sean Combs as a producer, we could get a real behind the scenes feel of the boiling situation, but instead we get a watered down, submissive, cliché biopic. All in all Notorious is a decent movie with a great actor at the helm. If you are a Biggie fan, watch it for a trip down memory lane, but don't expect to learn any more about the deep, sometimes disturbing Christopher Wallace. 7.2/10

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