Ben Sanderson, a Hollywood screenwriter who lost everything because of his alcoholism, arrives in Las Vegas to drink himself to death. There, he meets and forms an uneasy friendship and non-interference pact with prostitute Sera.
An American diplomat and his fiancée venture into the sordid underworld of sex and pornography in Budapest, Hungary to find out who is blackmailing them with a porno video taken of them with a prostitute.
In order to foil an extortion plot, an FBI agent undergoes a facial transplant surgery and assumes the identity and physical appearance of a terrorist, but the plan turns from bad to worse when the same terrorist impersonates the FBI agent.
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
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 »
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 »
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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)
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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