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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 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
Jermaine Denny Jermaine Denny ... Primo
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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

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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 »

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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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (unrated director's cut)

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DTS | Dolby | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Rappers Beanie Sigel and Guerilla Black auditioned for the role of Biggie. Singer Sean Kingston also auditioned and publicly claimed he had gotten the role. See more »

Goofs

When Biggie is free-styling, Lil Kim is first seen with her mole on the left side of her face. The mole changes sides on her face abruptly between shots; when it cuts back to Biggie rapping and back to her, it switches to the right side of her face. The next time we see Kim again, the mole is now back on the left side of her face. See more »

Quotes

Sean Combs: Ah want you to hear sumpin... See what Ahm sayin'? Ahm trying to get niggaz outta their seats; dis goan be like Soul Music.
Notorious B.I.G.: If Ah spit dis, mos' niggaz goan be laughin' at me.
Sean Combs: If you spit this, niggaz goan be laughin' at you all the way to the bank, Big!
Notorious B.I.G.: What's next? You want me to dance like MC Hammer?
Sean Combs: Look, you gimme dat street shit fo' R 'n B. But if Ah doan have sumpin Ah kin play on da radio, nobody'll evuh hear or buy yo album. You'd just be a broke-ass mix-tape rapper. Trust me, Big.
Notorious B.I.G.: ...
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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 Chicken Run (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

Big Mama Thang
Lyrics by Jay Z (as Shawn C. Carter), Sylvester (as Sylvester James), Harvey Fuqua, Lil' Kim (as Kimberly Jones), Lil' Cease (as James Lloyd) and Adrian Bartos
Music by Kahron "K C Hustle" Clement
Performed by Naturi Naughton
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Mackie stinks as 2Pac and the movie was anti-climactic
17 January 2009 | by rimleySee all my reviews

Derek Luke deserves a standing ovation. Without him, the movie would have been a complete waste. Jamal Woolard and Antonique Smith were good as well, but none of the cast could match the level that Derek Luke set as Puffy. Overall, the three really captured the essence of their characters, as we know them now and knew them then. But, the movie fell short of good characters aside from these three. The biggest disappointment being Anthony Mackie as 2Pac.

There must be a shortage of young, black, male actors because Mackie could not carry the essence of 2Pac. He does not physically resemble Pac, though he tried to, he couldn't capture the sense of poetry, serenity, and social consciousness that the world knows 2Pac for. Instead Mackie made 2Pac look irrational, paranoid, and just plain stupid. For that, Mackie should not be invited back to the hip hop movie world.

Lil Kim, played by Naturi Naughton (the girl who got kicked out of 3LW), was acted out beautifully, but the actual character was written a little over the top.

The biggest flaw of all is the fact that the movie had no interpretation and no real drama. It was a biopic without an opinion. There is no "theory" as to who could have been behind the shootings of 2Pac or Biggie, and I think people would have preferred to see that. Maybe George Tillman Jr. is afraid of repercussions if he expresses an opinion.

This movie missed the drama mark by miles. You will notice that as scenes are about to reach their dramatic peak, they are over. You basically wait and wait and wait for the real drama to occur, and you look up and the movie is over.

Overall, I'm happy I saw the movie at matinée price and not at regular price.


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