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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 »

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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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16 January 2009 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Untitled Notorious B.I.G. Project  »

Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

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

The role of Lil Cease was originally written for Tristan Wilds who had to turn it down due his commitments with 90210. See more »

Goofs

During Christopher Wallace's first rap battle in 1989, a poster of the movie Juice, released in 1992, can quickly be seen in the background. Tupac Shakur would have still been in high school around that same time this took place. See more »

Quotes

Sean Combs: Ah want you to hear sumpin... See what Ahm sayin'? Ahm trying to get niggaz outta their seats; dis goan be like Soul Music.
Notorious B.I.G.: If Ah spit dis, mos' niggaz goan be laughin' at me.
Sean Combs: If you spit this, niggaz goan be laughin' at you all the way to the bank, Big!
Notorious B.I.G.: What's next? You want me to dance like MC Hammer?
Sean Combs: Look, you gimme dat street shit fo' R 'n B. But if Ah doan have sumpin Ah kin play on da radio, nobody'll evuh hear or buy yo album. You'd just be a broke-ass mix-tape rapper. Trust me, Big.
Notorious B.I.G.: ...
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Connections

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

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This Is How We Do It
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Performed by Montell Jordan
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Tries to cover a bit too much ground
17 February 2015 | by (Norway) – See all my reviews

Biopics can either try to cover the highlights of a person's life, or focus on a single part of it. This one does the former, and it should have done the latter. The cast is great, and music blends in really well, and if this movie relates to something you are interested in then I am sure you will love it - but I would have preferred it focusing on either BIG in his early years, or, more preferably, the feud with 2pac. Having both did neither part justice. That said, BIG as they presented him, seemed like an under-achiever. He worked hard with his music, but mostly things seemed to just fall in his lap because of the people around him. If this is true or not, I don't know.


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