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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:

Be careful when you kill a monster, that you don't become one yourself See more »

Genres:

Mystery | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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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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Dolby | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Mark Wahlberg turned down the role of Max California. See more »

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When Tom is going through the cards of the missing people he takes Mary Ann Matthews card out of the North Carolina file. On the card it says that Mary Ann Matthews disappeared from her house in Fayetteville, NC. In the Film Mary lived with her mother in Cleveland, Ohio. 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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Referenced in The Watcher (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

Sick With It
Written by Tairrie Beth, Marcelo Palomino, Rico Villasenor & Brian Harrah
Performed by Tura Satana
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Well made, but disturbing. Watch with care.
27 February 1999 | by Viper2See all my reviews

I walked into the movie theater last Friday not expecting at all what I was about to see. I'd heard about it, thought "Oh, another Seven". Same screenwriter, but I was way off track. I can stomach a lot, having no problem stuffing down popcorn during very graphic scenes. In 8MM, my coke had trouble going down. 8MM did not have consistent gory/violent scenes, but the way the movie was made made you fill in the blanks of what the makers of the movie could not screen. And if you pay attention and immerse yourself, you fill in more blanks than you really think you could, or want. As Max put it: "the devil changes you." The perversity and deep rottenness of the human minds displayed in 8MM is what disturbs you. Then you realize, that "snuff"-movies are real, that there are individuals twisted enough to endorse/enjoy/take part in it. And worst of all, that these individuals don't look like monsters, they're perhaps just overweight nearsighted men who look like your dad, your son, your brother, even yourself. And if you don't look out,(no matter how secluded you think you are in your suburban home, with a wife, a daughter, and a dog named Shep) you dive into the pit of perversion and rottenness as well, finding no way out. In conclusion: excellent music, acting very sufficient, the plot: a must see. Just don't bring popcorn, and prepare to walk out of the movie theatre disturbed, asking questions, and a little bit more suspicious of those walking around you, and yourself.


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