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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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Record Executive at Party (as Mohamed Dione)
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Damion
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Hot Girl #1
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Biggie (Age 8-13)
Ricky Smith ...
Wally
Amanda Christopher ...
Keisha
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Jasper Briggs ...
Damion (Age 8-13)
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Selwyn
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Jan
Jermaine Denny ...
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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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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  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$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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2.35 : 1
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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 Puffy asks Biggie when he will be going to record a new album, they are seen in an apartment with a rooftop view of New York. Judging from its position, the building they are in is the Trump World Tower, for which construction didn't begin until 1999. See more »

Quotes

Lil Kim: Your whole world changed when you heard me rap. Han on yo dick while mah ass you slap. Wanna take off my panties, and put it in a hole, but dis ain't cheap, nigga. Gots to pay its toll. Give a nigga head, and no, Ah'll nevuh bite. Sexy-ass lyrics y'know you kinda like. Mic in mah hand, and you'll bet to understand Lil Kim be The Baddest Bitch in Brooklyn.
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Connections

References Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) See more »

Soundtracks

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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Mackie stinks as 2Pac and the movie was anti-climactic
17 January 2009 | by See all my reviews

Derek Luke deserves a standing ovation. Without him, the movie would have been a complete waste. Jamal Woolard and Antonique Smith were good as well, but none of the cast could match the level that Derek Luke set as Puffy. Overall, the three really captured the essence of their characters, as we know them now and knew them then. But, the movie fell short of good characters aside from these three. The biggest disappointment being Anthony Mackie as 2Pac.

There must be a shortage of young, black, male actors because Mackie could not carry the essence of 2Pac. He does not physically resemble Pac, though he tried to, he couldn't capture the sense of poetry, serenity, and social consciousness that the world knows 2Pac for. Instead Mackie made 2Pac look irrational, paranoid, and just plain stupid. For that, Mackie should not be invited back to the hip hop movie world.

Lil Kim, played by Naturi Naughton (the girl who got kicked out of 3LW), was acted out beautifully, but the actual character was written a little over the top.

The biggest flaw of all is the fact that the movie had no interpretation and no real drama. It was a biopic without an opinion. There is no "theory" as to who could have been behind the shootings of 2Pac or Biggie, and I think people would have preferred to see that. Maybe George Tillman Jr. is afraid of repercussions if he expresses an opinion.

This movie missed the drama mark by miles. You will notice that as scenes are about to reach their dramatic peak, they are over. You basically wait and wait and wait for the real drama to occur, and you look up and the movie is over.

Overall, I'm happy I saw the movie at matinée price and not at regular price.


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