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8MM (1999)

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A private investigator is hired to discover if a "snuff film" is authentic or not.

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Joel Schumacher
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nicolas Cage ... Tom Welles
Joaquin Phoenix ... Max California
James Gandolfini ... Eddie Poole
Peter Stormare ... Dino Velvet
Anthony Heald ... Daniel Longdale
Chris Bauer ... George Higgins / Machine
Catherine Keener ... Amy Welles
Myra Carter Myra Carter ... Mrs. Christian
Amy Morton ... Janet Mathews
Jenny Powell Jenny Powell ... Mary Ann Mathews
Anne Gee Byrd ... Senator Michaelson
Jack Betts ... Butler
Luis Oropeza Luis Oropeza ... Archive Director
Rachel Singer ... Neighbor
Don Creech ... Mr. Anderson
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Storyline

A small, seemingly innocuous plastic reel of film leads surveillance specialist Tom Welles down an increasingly dark and frightening path. With the help of the streetwise Max, Welles relentlessly follows a bizarre trail of evidence to determine the fate of a complete stranger. As his work turns into obsession, he drifts farther and farther away from his wife, family and simple life as a small-town private eye. Written by Columbia Pictures

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Taglines:

You can't prepare for where the truth will take you. See more »

Genres:

Mystery | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong perverse sexuality and violence, and for strong language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

Germany | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 February 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

8 Millimeter See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$14,252,888, 28 February 1999, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$36,663,315

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$96,618,699
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Dolby | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The plot is extremely similar to that of Hardcore (1979) in which a man (George C. Scott) hires a private detective to track down his daughter after she runs away and he sees her in an 8mm porno movie. The plot is also very similar to a book called "The Cutting Room" by Louise Welsh, in which an estate auctioneer finds disturbing photos among a client's porno collection and endeavors to find out if the girl in the pictures was actually killed. See more »

Goofs

During Tom and Max's first encounter, Max states that "If you're an undercover cop and I ask you if you are, you have to tell me." This is a widely believed but untrue misconception. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Airport Announcer: Welcome to Miami. While in the airport, please observe Florida and local laws which prohibit any smoking in the terminal. Thank you for not smoking.
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Alternate Versions

The film was heavily cut before release to gain an 'R' rating. Joel Schumacher's audio commentary on the DVD points out the multitude of MPAA cuts throughout the film. The cuts include:
  • Sex throughout the movie. For example, background sexual activity was trimmed under the "no more than two buttock-thrusts rule"
  • A lot of a conversation between Phoenix and Cage was removed because a bank of TV monitors in the background were showing hardcore pornography footage
  • Sequences in the underground sex club were trimmed to remove shots of enema porn (which were in fact real)
  • Machine's cutting of Phoenix's throat was edited.
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Connections

Referenced in I Am Legend (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

Come To Daddy
Written by Richard James
Performed by Aphex Twin
Courtesy of Sire Records Group/Warp Records Ltd.
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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Underrated and controversial, yet classic to be
18 July 2003 | by rwirtzSee all my reviews

As the user comments show this movie is either very much liked or very much disliked by its viewers. Although I don't want anything to do with the subject matter of the movie (snuff movies) I belong to the first category of viewers. This is an almost unprecedented movie for Hollywood, telling a very unusual and unsexy (no pun intended) story.

Together with the outstanding performances that is exactly why this movie deserves so much more credit. The plot is good and dirty, the acting is solid throughout and the score is just brilliant and haunting. Joel Schumacher deserves applause for taking on this project and for choosing Nicolas Cage for the lead character he made a very good decision: no-one can play a man torn-apart between two extremes better than him --> see Adaptation!

Because it is so dark and unconventional for Hollywood standards this movie is not getting the praise it deserves. Granted, it is not a run-of-the-mill feel-good movie, but a sinister and dark picture from the writer of Se7en. 8MM is as good as Se7en and it deserves the same treatment.


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