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Notorious (2009)

Released on 22 June 2009

Featuring: Jamal Woolard, Angela Bassett & Derek Luke

Format: DVD | Rating: 15 years & over

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Notorious charts the remarkable rise of Christopher "The Notorious B.I.G." Wallace - who, in just a few short years, shot from the tough streets of Brooklyn to the heights of hip hop legend. Peeling back his mythic image eleven years after his tragic death, Notorious reveals the tumultuous and all-too-brief journey of a blazingly talented , fiercely determined young man whose unforgettable rap stories of inner city street life, with their raw truth and vivid rhymes, became emblamatic of a whole generation's brutal reality and its dreams of escaping it for something bigger.

The story follows the young Biggie (portrayed by Wallace's real-life son Christopher Jordan Wallace as a youngster and Brooklyn rapper Jamal Woolard as an adult) from his surprising youth as a Catholic school honour student whose proud mother (Angel Bassett) tries to keep him off the street corners to his years as a tough teenage drug dealer, and then to his life-changing move into young fatherhood, as his girlfriend Jan (Julia Pace Mitchell) gives birth to his daughter, prompting him to go on a mission to provide for his child by any means - legal or not. But everything changes when a "freestyle" rap tape that Biggie created just for fun ends up with B.I.G. Daddy Kane's DJ Mister Cee (Edwin Freeman), and eventually in the hands of ambitious rap impressario Sean "Puffy" Combs (Derek Luke), whose marketing savvy and production genius transform Biggie into a cultural sensation almost overnight.

Now, with his career taking off into superstar territory, Biggie finds himself with "mo' money, mo' problems" and is under all kinds of new pressures. His managers, Wayne Barrow (C. Malik Whitfield), and Mark Pitts (Kevin Phillip), attempt to keep the young man's feet on the ground and mind in the studio, as he juggles the demands of recording, fatherhood and marriage to fellow Bad Boy artist Faith Evans (Antonique Smith) not to mention his complicated friendship with fellow Junior M.A.F.I.A. member Kimberly "Lil' Kim" Jones (Naturi Naughton) and the increasingly heated rivalry with West Coast rapper Tupac Shakur (Anthony Mackie).

But just as Biggie starts to come into true manhood and solidify his musical legacy as the true creator of one of hip-hop's gretest bodies of work, fate has other plans.
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 Average rating (18 reviews)

 Worth a watch.

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I think this film was average, don't get me wrong it's good, but a lot of people are just saying so because it's about Biggie. The film is on for the best part of 2 hours so I was expecting some intricate detail in to his life, but it seems to have a lot missing from his life story, his childhood only lasts around 20 mins, and next thing you know he is above all the rest in the drug game. The way his rise to prominence in the rap game is depicted is done so fairly well, however the portrayal of 2-Pac and dealing with the infamous shooting incident has way too many 'facts' missing out to make it worthwhile. In my opinion the film is worth a watch, but don't be expecting a 5* blockbuster just because it's about Biggie, to be perfectly honest I much preferred the 50 Cent film which I felt delivered an accurate portrayal of his life.

 NOTORIOUS!!!

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when i was a lil bit younger i used to listen to a lot of hip hop, and loved 8 mile so thought it a good idea to go and see notorious, the plot is on the same line as 8 mile with obvoius differences...

if you liked 8 mile then you'll love notorious, from his childhood up until his early death, the film kept me interested all the way through, only downer was the quality of the picture in the cinema, so would be great on dvd...

definately buying this!!!

 B.I.G. deserves B.E.T.T.E.R.

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Many complain that the film plays fast and loose with the facts, but that's not the main problem with the film. This could have been a brilliant life story, as the subject matter of the man and the myth has truly great potential. What lets the film down is the story is too sketchy and never gets under the skin, and really does feel like a made for TV movie. It's the second half of the film with the war between Bad Boy Records and the west coast Death Row Records that the film really does start to grip, but it's a case of too little too late, as we all know that at this point in his life was the beginnig of the end. What makes the film worth watching is the good performances, and brilliant music.
It may not be the movie that the B.I.G. Man truly deserved, but if you like your music, then it's well worth watching.

 B.I.G. deserves B.E.T.T.E.R.

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Top 10  Reviewer Top 10 DVD Reviewer

Many complain that the film plays fast and loose with the facts, but that's not the main problem with the film. This could have been a brilliant life story, as the subject matter of the man and the myth has truly great potential. What lets the film down is the story is too sketchy and never gets under the skin, and really does feel like a made for TV movie. It's the second half of the film with the war between Bad Boy Records and the west coast Death Row Records that the film really does start to grip, but it's a case of too little too late, as we all know that at this point in his life was the beginnig of the end. What makes the film worth watching is the good performances, and brilliant music.
It may not be the movie that the B.I.G. Man truly deserved, but if you like your music, then it's well worth watching.

 fake

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this film is not on true events,he didnt sell drugs he worked in a supermarket packing bags and his boss described him as a sweatheart and the 2pac in this movie is really stupid but if you dont no anythink about them or there real history its a pretty good film

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ActorsJamal Woolard, Angela Bassett, Derek Luke & Christopher Jordan Wallace
DirectorGeorge Tillman Jr.
Certificate15 years and over
Year2009
ScreenWidescreen 2.35:1 Anamorphic
LanguagesEnglish - Dolby Digital (5.1)
Duration2 hours and 3 minutes (approx)
RegionRegion 2 - Will only play on European Region 2 or multi-region DVD players.