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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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Dennis L.A. White ...
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 ...
Primo
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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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Rated R for pervasive language, some strong sexuality including dialogue, nudity, and for drug content | See all certifications »

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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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Angela Bassett portrays Biggie's mother Voletta Wallace in this film. She has also portrayed Michael Jackson's mother Katherine Jackson in the mini-series The Jacksons: An American Dream (1992). Both artists have collaborated twice on two of Michael's songs/albums: "This Time Around" from HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I (1995), and "Unbreakable" from Invincible (2001). The latter was released 4 years after Biggie's death, and his rap contribution was originally for the 1996 release "You Can't Stop the Reign" by Shaquille O'Neal. See more »

Goofs

When the young Christopher Wallace is writing rhymes in his notebook on the stoop, he is left-handed. Then when the grown up Christopher Wallace is in prison writing rhymes in his notebooks, he is seen writing right-handed. See more »

Quotes

Notorious B.I.G.: Ah got rhymes for The Dayz, y'know what Ahm sayin'? Ah guess Ahm tryin' to tell a story 'bout an average nigga from Brooklyn, y'know what Ahm sayin'? A nigga gotta figure out dat life shit
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Referenced in Smash His Camera (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

Rappers Won't Survive
Written by Kevin Teasley
Performed by Danja Mowf
Courtesy of Distortion Music and Sound Design
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Never was a fan until now
19 January 2009 | by 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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