January 16th, 2009



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Still of Jamal Woolard in NotoriousStill of Antonique Smith in NotoriousFaith Evans at event of NotoriousStill of Derek Luke and Jamal Woolard in NotoriousStill of Derek Luke and Jamal Woolard in NotoriousStill of Jamal Woolard in Notorious

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.

Release Year: 2009

Rating: 6.4/10 (13,865 voted)

Critic's Score: 60/100

Director: George Tillman Jr.

Stars: Jamal Woolard, Anthony Mackie, Derek Luke

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."

Writers: Reggie Rock Bythewood, Cheo Hodari Coker

Jamal Woolard - Christopher 'Biggie' Wallace
Mohamed Dione - Record Executive at Party
Derek Luke - Sean 'Puffy' Combs
Angela Bassett - Voletta Wallace
Anthony Mackie - Tupac Shakur
Dennis L.A. White - Damion Butler
Marc John Jefferies - Cease
Antonique Smith - Faith Evans
Menyone DeVeaux - Hot Girl #1
Christopher Jordan Wallace - Biggie (age 8-13)
Ricky Smith - Wally
Amanda Christopher - Keisha
Jasper Briggs - Damion (age 8-13)
Cyrus Farmer - Selwyn
David Costabile - Mr. Webber

Taglines: No dream is too big


Official Website: Official site | Official site [France] |

Release Date: 16 January 2009

Filming Locations: 20th Century Fox Studios - 10201 Pico Blvd., Century City, Los Angeles, California, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $20,497,596 (USA) (18 January 2009) (1638 Screens)

Gross: $36,842,118 (USA) (29 March 2009)

Technical Specs

Runtime:  | (unrated director's cut)

Did You Know?

Most of the film was adapted from the book, "Unbelievable: The Life, Death and Afterlife of the Notorious B.I.G." by Cheo Hodari Coker. Writer Reggie Rock Bythewood revised Coker's draft.

Anachronisms: In the middle, when Biggie was crossing the street to talk to a woman, A Ford Crown Victoria stretch taxicab with the new NYC Taxi decals is seen. But Ford did not create a stretch Crown Victoria until 2002, And The new taxi decals were not used until mid-2007, 10 years after Biggie's death.

Faith Evans: Are you a bad guy trying to be good, or a good guy trying to be bad?
Notorious B.I.G.: I'm just trying to make it big.

User Review

Sick of people writing things that make no sense !

Rating: 10/10

First off, I went to see this movie, just left as a matter of fact and I think the movie was very well done. For the people saying that the movie was anti-climatic, what was the climax supposed to be ? We all know how it ends, or should they have added more to the story for dramatic effect so we could then talk about how fake it was, and how it didn't really happen that way ? They told it the way it happened It seems that many people are forgetting that this was a movie about someone's life, not somethingfabricated or concocted simply for the purpose of entertainment. It is supposed to tell a story,his story and if you are a true fan of B.I.G. then that should be the reason you went to see it. What good would that have done to his legacy to fill the movie up with speculation about who did what, if anything it just would have reignited the war between east and west for trying to implicate people in the shooting. The purpose was to show that behind the persona of Big Poppa was a real person, a person that loved and was loved by many people. Honestly its silly to be upset about the fact that it doesn't tell you who shot Pac, or B.I.G.,why diminish from the memory of either by using Biggie's life story to speculate on something that no one but those responsible, knows the answer to ? Also Pac, though I am a huge fan of his music as well, is just a supporting character, this movie wasn't about him, it was about Christopher Wallace, the man, the son, the father and the husband. I get sick of people making comments with no basis or foundation. Of cours things are going to be left out, it's inevitable,seeing as how you can't fit 24 years of someone's life into 2 hours of film, they put in the parts that were relevant to the story of how he came up, his brief career which introduced him to us all, and his tragic ending. I for one was touched, I bobbed my head, I laughed, I reminisced and I cried, and for 1 movie to evoke that many emotions, I say it's a job well done. I for one think B.I.G would be proud, so if you are one of those people that don't even like rap music, then here's some advice:don't even post a comment, better yet don't go see the movie, keep your negative comments to yourself. For those that loved B.I.G he was special to us, and deserving of his story being told just like anybody else who has left us and had their story touch our lives. He left a void, and hip-hop hasn't been the same since he left us. I loved the movie, and would gladly pay my $6.50 to see it again.


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