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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Tom Welles
... Max California
... Eddie Poole
... Dino Velvet
... Daniel Longdale
... George Higgins / Machine
... Amy Welles
Myra Carter ... Mrs. Christian
... Janet Mathews
Jenny Powell ... Mary Ann Mathews
... Senator Michaelson
... Butler
Luis Oropeza ... Archive Director
... Neighbor
... 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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You can't prepare for where the truth will take you. See more »

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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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Release Date:

26 February 1999 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

8 Millimeter  »

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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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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The name Max California (Joaquin Phoenix) could be an homage to Keanu Reeves' character, Johnny Utah, in Point Break (1991). See more »

Goofs

At about the 7:04 mark in the lower right-hand of the screen, an inordinate amount of smoke is building up. After it is blown away with the wind, you can see a steady stream of fog pouring out from what can be suspected as a fog machine as the source. See more »

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[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 I Am Legend (2007) See more »

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Come To Daddy
Written by Richard James
Performed by Aphex Twin
Courtesy of Sire Records Group/Warp Records Ltd.
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Disturbing, effective film
25 October 2000 | by See all my reviews

8MM is a very dark, disturbing film that isn't for everyone. Nicolas Cage puts in an excellent performance as a private detective named Tom Welles who is hired to investigate whether a snuff film is real or acted. His journey takes him farther and farther into the realm of pornography. Every minute of this film is suspenseful and riveting. I also found Joaquin Phoenix's performance to be outstanding as well. This movie does a wonderful job of creating a dark mood and exploring the motives and drives behind its characters. One of Cage's best, and a severely under-rated film.


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