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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

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

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

Christopher Jordan Wallace, who plays a young Biggie, is the son of Biggie and Faith Evans. See more »

Goofs

In a brief establishing shot of Times Square, a billboard poster for "Chicken Run" can be seen. Chicken Run was released in 2000, and Biggie died in 1997. There is also a poster for "Will & Grace" on NBC, which premiered the year after his death (1998). 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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Referenced in Smash His Camera (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

Big Poppa
Written by The Notorious B.I.G. (as Christopher Wallace), Ronald Isley, Rudolph Isley, O'Kelly Isley, Ernie Isley, Marvin Isley and Chris Jasper (as Christopher Jasper)
Performed by The Notorious B.I.G.
Courtesy of Bad Boy Records LLC
By arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
(Contains a sample of "Between the Sheets"
Performed by The Isley Brothers
Courtesy of Epic Records by arrangement with SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT)
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A movie for Biggie fans
27 January 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

That should have been the title of the movie. Everything about this movie glorified Big..... if he was a nerdy student - he's gonna the nerdiest student.... if he was a drug dealer - he was gonna be the biggest drug dealer - complete with him sitting in a dark room with that one light that shines down on the table (classic).... if he didn't know anything about Tupac's murder - then he's gonna appear as if he was absolutely oblivious to that entire situation.... not to mention one of the supporting characters in this movie, Kim.... if Kim was gonna be a ho - she's gonna be the dirtiest ho ever.... If I didn't know any better, I would assume the only way she came up was by f'king Biggie.... This is a one-sided, shallow view of a person's life. Biggie fans want to remember his legacy flawless and that can be understood. Sure why not? This movie was made for you..... It's a story told as though a mother is speaking of her lost son who could do no wrong.....

Recommendation: Why not learn who Biggie was by beefing up the content of the supporting cast.... his first baby's momma for starters, and what about other artists that he interacted with? We could have seen a more developed, well-rounded and truthful character. Possibly even learn something about him that hasn't already been discussed in magazines or on TV....


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