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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
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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The story of the man behind the legend. 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, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$36,842,118, 29 March 2009
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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

Jamal Woolard heavily prepared for his role for months, which includes listening and remembering lyrics to a variety of songs by Biggie, gaining weight and vocal lessons at Juilliard School to get the voice right. See more »

Goofs

In a brief establishing shot of Times Square, a billboard poster for "Chicken Run" can be seen. Chicken Run was released three years after Biggie died. There is also a poster for "Will & Grace" on NBC, which premiered the year after his death (1998). See more »

Quotes

Sean Combs: We can't change the world unless we change ourselves.
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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

Referenced in Smash His Camera (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

Always Had Enough
Written by John Yingst and Jan Peterson
Performed by Scott Eversoll
Courtesy of Marc Ferrari/MasterSource
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Never was a fan until now
19 January 2009 | by jessmixSee all my reviews

Back in the 90's as a teen, I never really got in to Biggie's music or lyrics. I never knew the correlation between he and all these artists like "Puff Daddy" Faith Evans, Lil Kim all came up together. I never understood how the East Coast West Coast feud got started.

This film gave me a new respect for Christopher Wallace. His intelligence and how he tied that in to his passion for music and lyrics. He had a dream as a child and in the end he achieved that dream of not just becoming a success as a performer, but a success as a father to his children, a good son to his mom, and a good man to himself.

I love that line in the move "If you wanna change the world, First you've got to change yourself"

Inspirational film, even if you're not a fan of his music or hip hop, you can still appreciate the story behind this man.


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