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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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No dream is too big 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:

£1,119,587 (UK) (13 February 2009)

Gross:

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

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 »

Goofs

When Biggie is free-styling, Lil Kim is first seen with her mole on the left side of her face. When it cuts back to Biggie rapping and back to her, it switches to the right side of her face. Again it cuts back to her after Biggie is seen rapping and the mole is back on the left side of her face. See more »

Quotes

Notorious B.I.G.: If you throw me out to the jungle, Ah'd hear them muthafuckas dancin.'
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Connections

References Above the Rim (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

Children's Story
Written and Performed by Slick Rick
Courtesy of The Island Def Jam Music Group under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Never was a fan until now
19 January 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Back in the 90's as a teen, I never really got in to Biggie's music or lyrics. I never knew the correlation between he and all these artists like "Puff Daddy" Faith Evans, Lil Kim all came up together. I never understood how the East Coast West Coast feud got started.

This film gave me a new respect for Christopher Wallace. His intelligence and how he tied that in to his passion for music and lyrics. He had a dream as a child and in the end he achieved that dream of not just becoming a success as a performer, but a success as a father to his children, a good son to his mom, and a good man to himself.

I love that line in the move "If you wanna change the world, First you've got to change yourself"

Inspirational film, even if you're not a fan of his music or hip hop, you can still appreciate the story behind this man.


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