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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Record Executive at Party (as Mohamed Dione)
Dennis L.A. White ...
Hot Girl #1
Biggie (Age 8-13)
Ricky Smith ...
Amanda Christopher ...
Jasper Briggs ...
Damion (Age 8-13)
Jermaine Denny ...


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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No dream is too big See more »

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 USA:

$20,497,596, 18 January 2009, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$36,842,118, 29 March 2009
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Most of the film was adapted from the book, "Unbelievable: The Life, Death and Afterlife of the Notorious B.I.G." by Cheo Hodari Coker. Writer Reggie Rock Bythewood revised Coker's draft. See more »


In the middle of the film, when Biggie crosses the street to talk to a woman, a Ford Crown Victoria stretch taxicab with the new NYC Taxi decals is seen as well as a 2008-2009 Ford E150 or E250 Van, yet Biggie died in 1997. Stretched taxicabs weren't common until 2002 and that the new decals weren't used until mid-2007, a decade after Biggie's death. See more »


Notorious B.I.G.: Mr. Webber? Yesterday you said I was gonna end up a garbageman.
Mr. Webber: That's right. If you keep cutting class, that's exactly what you'll become.
Notorious B.I.G.: Well, I found out a teacher makes 24,000 a year, and a garbageman makes 28,000 a year. I'm gonna make $4,000 more than his dumb ass.
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References Juice (1992) See more »


The Breaks
Written by Robert Ford, James B. Moor (as James Moore), Russell Simmons, Lawrence Smith and Kurtis Blow (as Kurt Walker)
Performed by Christopher Jordan Wallace and Jasper Briggs
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An interesting story
9 April 2009 | by See all my reviews

I watched this movie with great expectation. Besides the hype surrounding it, for someone who embraced hip hop for many years being influenced by the like of Biggie Smalls, Nas & Tupac to mention a few, it only made sense for me to want to watch this movie.

From the beginning i could not seem to get over the way in which B.I.G was portrayed as this smart, lovable young boy because it made me look at him in a whole different light that i initially thought. I feel his son played the part well (though he did not have much to do). The story line is pretty straight forward and there are a few surprises concerning the emotions the characters invoke in you and make you understand them more deeply. The acting was not bad, i actually like the guy who acted as Biggie, he made the character quite interesting and lovable. The rest of the cast were not too bad either: Puffy, Faith Evans and the guy who played Biggie's manager were good too (don't expect any Oscar winners though!)

From a neutral point of view (without being a Notorious B.I.G or Tupac fan) i really felt that they tried to explain the beef between the artists with a more lenient view of Biggie. When watching the movie i couldn't help but think how much Biggie was the 'bigger man' in the beef and that Tupac simply caught a fit at the wrong people. Then i had to ask myself a few questions about that. The movie makes you want to take Biggie's side on the whole issue. I don't know if this is true but i felt that it was rather unfair no matter how much of a nice guy Biggie was. In watching this movie its hard to see it any other way than that the beef was Tupac's fault. It's up to you to believe it or not.

All in all it was a good effort, nothing too memorable but a story worth knowing especially if you want to know more about some of the most critical times in Hip Hop. Biggie fans will undoubtedly love this.

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