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Biggie and Tupac (2002)

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Documentary on the deaths of Tupac Shakur and Biggie Smalls and the East Coast/West Coast, hip-hop/rap rivalry that culminated in late 1996 and early 1997.

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Nick Broomfield
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
The Notorious B.I.G. ... Himself (archive footage)
Tupac Shakur ... Himself (archive footage)
Nick Broomfield Nick Broomfield ... Himself - Filmmaker
Russell Poole Russell Poole ... Himself - LAPD Detective
Donald Hicken Donald Hicken ... Himself - Tupac's Teacher
Billy Garland Billy Garland ... Himself - Tupac's Biological Father
Chico Del Vec Chico Del Vec ... Himself - Rapper
Voletta Wallace Voletta Wallace ... Herself - Biggie's Mother
Mopreme Shakur ... Himself - Tupac's Stepbrother
Kevin Hackie Kevin Hackie ... Himself - Tupac's Bodyguard
Reggie Wright Sr. Reggie Wright Sr. ... Himself - Chief Gangs Officer
Frank Alexander Frank Alexander ... Himself - Tupac's Bodyguard
Sonia Flores Sonia Flores ... Herself - Officer Perez's Girlfriend
Marshall Bigtower Marshall Bigtower ... Himself - Sonia's Lawyer
Don Seabold Don Seabold ... Himself - Mark's Lawyer
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In 1997, rap superstars Tupac Shakur and Christopher Wallace (aka Biggie Smalls, The Notorious B.I.G.) were gunned down in separate incidents, the apparent victims of hip hop's infamous east-west rivalry. Nick Broomfield's film introduces Russell Poole, an ex-cop with damning evidence that suggests the LAPD deliberately fumbled the case to conceal connections between the police, LA gangs and Death Row Records, the label run by feared rap mogul Marion "Suge" Knight. Written by Stephen Kirkham

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 May 2002 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

LA Story See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,728, 22 September 2002, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$92,621, 3 November 2002
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Production Co:

FilmFour, Lafayette Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby (2.0)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Russell Poole - LAPD Detective: I almost took my life, but it was my kids that actually saved me. Okay? And, uh... it hurt. I was betrayed by my own department, because of the core values that the Los Angeles police department preached from day one. Honesty. Integrity, okay? Tell the truth, swear to tell the truth; nothing but the truth - so help you God. Do a good job, do a thorough job, work for the community. I believed in the oath of office. I believed in protect and serving the people. I really did, but on the inside and...
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Hypnotize
Composed by The Notorious B.I.G., Sean 'Diddy' Combs, Deric Angelettie, Randy 'Badazz' Alpert
Performed by The Notorious B.I.G.
Contains interpolations from "La Di Da Di" written by Slick Rick and Doug E. Fresh
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Far and away Broomfield's best effort to date.
8 August 2002 | by LCParkesSee all my reviews

Anyone expecting a tawdry,shoddy sleazefest along the lines of "Kurt and Courtney" should be pleasantly surprised here- this is an excellent film.

For a start, the conspiracy theory explored here is a far more credible one, and the evidence Broomfield turns up is very convincing in places. One has to wonder how genuine Broomfield's "camera on at all times" approach is, how much was created at the editing stage- he appears to get away with some very transgressive behaviour here on the basis of sheer amateurism, though it is clear the man has balls of iron. he thoughtlessly wanders through some of the worst neighbourhoods in LA and New York- in one classic scene his cameraman deserts him out of sheer fear, leaving him to manage a ludicrous prison interview with despotic Death Row records overlord Suge Knight alone. Irony being lost on Americans for the most part, Broomfield also manages to get away with some outrageous cheek- for instance asking Knight to deliver his "message for the kids" in a tone of smirking condescension.

For the heads, there is some great, rare footage on offer- a teenage Biggie ripping up a street corner freestyle battle, hoods dancing on their cars at his funeral, an electrifying Snoop Dog calling out New York at the notorious 95 source awards....plenty in there for the hip hop fan, along with some vintage Biggie and (for some reason) Gang Starr on the soundtrack. Broomfield manages to talk to every major player in the drama, with the notable exception of Afeni Shakur- which also explains the lack of 2Pacs' music on the soundtrack.

Despite its grim subject matter, there is much humour on offer here. In short, this is the best "rockumentary" in a very long time, and one that lingers in the mind for some time afterwards.

Something of a triumph.


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