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Notorious (2009)

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The life and death story of Notorious B.I.G. (a.k.a. Christopher Wallace), who came straight out of Brooklyn to take the world of rap music by storm.

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George Tillman Jr.
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jamal Woolard ... Christopher 'Biggie' Wallace
Momo Dione ... Record Executive at Party (as Mohamed Dione)
Derek Luke ... Sean 'Puffy' Combs
Dennis L.A. White ... Damion
Marc John Jefferies ... Cease
Menyone DeVeaux ... Hot Girl #1
Christopher Jordan Wallace ... Biggie (Age 8-13)
Ricky Smith ... Wally
Amanda Christopher Amanda Christopher ... Keisha
Angela Bassett ... Voletta Wallace
Jasper Briggs Jasper Briggs ... Damion (Age 8-13)
Cyrus Farmer ... Selwyn
David Costabile ... Mr. Webber
Julia Pace Mitchell ... Jan
Red Café Red Café ... Primo (as Jermaine Denny)
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Storyline

NOTORIOUS is the story of Christopher Wallace. Through raw talent and sheer determination, Wallace transforms himself from Brooklyn street hustler (once selling crack to pregnant women) to one of the greatest rappers of all time; THE NOTORIOUS B.I.G. Follow his meteoric rise to fame and his refusal to succumb to expectations - redefining our notion of "The American Dream." Written by Fox Searchlight Pictures

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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No dream is too big See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for pervasive language, some strong sexuality including dialogue, nudity, and for drug content | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 January 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Untitled Notorious B.I.G. Project See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$20,497,596, 18 January 2009

Gross USA:

$36,843,682

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$44,371,751
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Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (unrated director's cut)

Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

VH1 had an online campaign to find an unknown actor to play the Notorious BIG. Out of 400 participants only one contestant was chosen: Hip Hop producer Surgeon General. See more »

Goofs

In the middle of the film, when Biggie crosses the street to talk to a woman, a Ford Crown Victoria stretch taxicab with the new NYC Taxi decals is seen as well as a 2008-2009 Ford E150 or E250 Van, yet Biggie died in 1997. Stretched taxicabs weren't common until 2002 and that the new decals weren't used until mid-2007, a decade after Biggie's death. See more »

Quotes

Notorious B.I.G.: Ah got rhymes for The Dayz, y'know what Ahm sayin'? Ah guess Ahm tryin' to tell a story 'bout an average nigga from Brooklyn, y'know what Ahm sayin'? A nigga gotta figure out dat life shit
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Alternate Versions

The unrated cut features seven minutes of extended footage as well as an opening sequence involving the "Impala SS" killer. See more »

Connections

References Slick Rick: Children's Story (1989) See more »

Soundtracks

Juicy
Written by Sean 'Diddy' Combs, The Notorious B.I.G. (as Christopher Wallace), Poke (as Jean-Claude Olivier) and James Mtume
Performed by Jamal Woolard, Derek Luke and Lamont 'Money L' Mosley
(contains a sample of "Juicy Fruit"
Performed by James Mtume (as Mtume),
Courtesy of Epic Records
By arrangement with SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT)
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User Reviews

 
Great Movie For Biggie Fans
19 January 2009 | by lil_hockey_star_02See all my reviews

MY girlfriend and I went to see this opening night and I was a little worried about the director and first time actor Jamal Woolard but it turned out to be a great film. Now i am a Biggie fan so you may think this is biased but it was a well done movie and showed you the life of biggie and how he made it. There is a couple things that i thought were not so good about the movie like go more in depth his younger years so we learn more about him and also go deeper into the feud with him and pac. But other than that Jamal Woolard gave a great performance as well as the rest of the cast. Now my girlfriend doesn't even like rap and she liked this movie so i would suggest it to anyone. I am surprised about the bad rating but i guess people hate on the best rapper of all time too much lol


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