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Tupac: Resurrection (2003)

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Home movies, photographs, and recited poetry illustrate the life of Tupac Shakur, one of the most beloved, revolutionary, and volatile hip-hop M.Cs. of all time.

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Lauren Lazin
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Tupac Shakur ... Himself (archive footage)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Rappin' 4-Tay ... Himself (archive footage)
Conrad Bain ... (archive footage)
Bill Bellamy ... Himself (archive footage)
William J. Bennett ... Himself (archive footage)
Todd Bridges ... (archive footage)
Pat Buchanan ... Himself (archive footage)
James Cagney ... (archive footage)
Connie Chung Connie Chung ... Herself (archive footage)
Eldridge Cleaver Eldridge Cleaver ... Himself (archive footage)
Kathleen Cleaver ... Herself (archive footage)
Gary Coleman ... Himself (archive footage)
Sean 'Diddy' Combs ... Himself (archive footage) (as Puffy Combs)
Chris Connelly ... Himself (archive footage)
Anthony 'Treach' Criss ... Himself (archive footage)
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Home movies, photographs, and recited poetry illustrate the life of Tupac Shakur, one of the most beloved, revolutionary, and volatile hip-hop M.Cs. of all time.

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In his own words


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong language and images of drugs, violence and sex | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 November 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

2Pac: Resurrection See more »

Filming Locations:

Baltimore, Maryland, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$300,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,632,847, 16 November 2003, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$7,707,563, 21 December 2003
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Eminem produced three songs for the film's soundtrack free of charge as a sign of respect to Tupac's mother, Afeni Shakur. See more »

Quotes

Tupac Shakur: What makes me saying 'I don't give a f - -' different than Patrick Henry saying 'Give me liberty or give me death'?
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Soundtracks

The Realist Killaz
Written by Tupac Shakur, 50 Cent, Rufus Cooper, Katari Cox, Yafeu Fula,
Hussein Fatal, Snoop Dogg
Performed by Tupac Shakur and 50 Cent
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Fascinating and tragic (***1/2)
20 November 2003 | by Ronin47See all my reviews

There is no doubt that Tupac Shakur is one of the most intriguing, fascinating personalities in pop music history. He is made up of a seemingly endless list of contradictions: ruffian / nice guy, obnoxiously arrogant / sweetly humble, hedonist / activist, "gangsta" / poet. And most interesting is that none of these "sides" of him seem at all false. He really is that complicated.

Being a fan of his, especially his acting, ("GRIDLOCK'd" is one of my favorite movies) I choose to remember the admirable parts of his personality more often, but I know that he was no angel, and I'm glad that "Tupac: Resurrection" doesn't try to paint him as a hero.

Made very much in the style of last year's great documentary "The Kid Stays In The Picture" (so much so that I was surprised there is no connection), it combines seamlessly edited footage, photos that "float" around to look 3-dimensional, well-chosen music, and fluid narration to create a dreamlike and slightly eerie portrait of one person's lifetime in his own words.

Unlike "The Kid Stays In The Picture", though, in "Tupac: Resurrection" the narrator telling his life story is dead.

Tupac is the one and only narrator of this film (through an edited collection of insightful interviews), and it's a distinctly poignant and eerie experience to hear it, almost like he is, "Sunset Boulevard"-style, telling you his story from beyond the grave. Adding to the "Sunset Boulevard" feeling is that the story starts in Las Vegas where he was killed, and then rewinds to the beginning of his life. But sadly, you know it's eventually going to end up in Las Vegas again.

This is an extremely well done, gripping documentary that I highly recommend even to people who don't care for rap music. Tupac's life story is a true American tragedy, and anyone can learn from those.


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