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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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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)

Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Lil' Kim reportedly hates the film & tried to have Woolard beat up in a Manhattan nightclub. See more »

Goofs

When Biggie and Puffy are watching TV, it is a 16x9 flat screen which was not available during the early 90s. See more »

Quotes

Mister Cee: Yo, your shit kinda sounds nice.
Lil Cease: For real.
Mister Cee: Yo, if you goan put it down like dat, we gotta record dis shit.
Notorious B.I.G.: Nigga, doan be gassin' me up.
Mister Cee: Ah'm just sayin, Ah know muthafuckas who know muthafuckas.
Notorious B.I.G.: Then, pop a tape in, nigga.
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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

Spoofed in Flashback (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Hands 2 tha Pump
Written by Da Diggler
Courtesy of Extreme Production Music
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User Reviews

I loved it
18 January 2009 | by JaysdatruthSee all my reviews

The Movie was way better then I thought. The actors/actress in it resembled each person in everyway possible. The little kim character was on point even the way she spit those lyrics in the bedroom. According to Naturi Naughton who played the role of little kim she never rapped before but you couldn't tell the way she flowed. When she performed in that lacey outfit towards the end you wouldn't be able to tell the difference between her and kim. The biggie character played by gravy was also on point as well. The voice, build and complexion was spot on. When the faith character sung "I remember" I couldn't believe how great she sang, and it didn't look like she was lip sycn-ing at all. I really enjoyed the movie and it brought me back to those great times in college when I was hooping for Suny Farmingdale.

I was disappointed about one thing and that was the drama aspect. Nothing surprised me about it, because everything in the movie we already knew. It wasn't one thing in the movie that left anything to the imagination. It was very predictable because I already knew he sold drugs, he went to jail, then got discovered by puffy, he blew up, then he died. So probably 15 minutes into the movie I pretty much knew what would happen next. I still loved it and the music in it.


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