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8MM (1999)

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A private investigator is hired to discover if a "snuff film" is authentic or not.

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Joel Schumacher
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nicolas Cage ... Tom Welles
Joaquin Phoenix ... Max California
James Gandolfini ... Eddie Poole
Peter Stormare ... Dino Velvet
Anthony Heald ... Longdale
Chris Bauer ... Machine
Catherine Keener ... Amy Welles
Myra Carter Myra Carter ... Mrs. Christian
Amy Morton ... Janet Mathews
Jenny Powell Jenny Powell ... Mary Ann Mathews
Anne Gee Byrd ... Senator
Jack Betts ... Butler
Luis Oropeza Luis Oropeza ... Archive Director
Rachel Singer ... Neighbor
Don Creech ... Mr. Anderson
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Storyline

A small, seemingly innocuous plastic reel of film leads surveillance specialist Tom Welles down an increasingly dark and frightening path. With the help of the streetwise Max, Welles relentlessly follows a bizarre trail of evidence to determine the fate of a complete stranger. As his work turns into obsession, he drifts farther and farther away from his wife, family and simple life as a small-town private eye. Written by Columbia Pictures

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Some doors should never be opened See more »

Genres:

Mystery | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong perverse sexuality and violence, and for strong language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

Germany | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 February 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

8 Millimeter See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$14,252,888, 28 February 1999

Gross USA:

$36,663,315

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$96,618,699
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Sound Mix:

Dolby | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The second film starring Oscar Winner Nicolas Cage to be released in 1999. The other was the adaptation of "Bringing Out The Dead" Directed by Oscar Winner Martin Scorsese and the screenplay written by Paul Schrader. Schrader and Cage would eventually work together in the thriller "Dying Before The Light" in 2015. See more »

Goofs

During Tom and Max's first encounter, Max states that "If you're an undercover cop and I ask you if you are, you have to tell me." This is a widely believed but untrue misconception. See more »

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[first lines]
Airport Announcer: Welcome to Miami. While in the airport, please observe Florida and local laws which prohibit any smoking in the terminal. Thank you for not smoking.
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Alternate Versions

The film was heavily cut before release to gain an 'R' rating. Joel Schumacher's audio commentary on the DVD points out the multitude of MPAA cuts throughout the film. The cuts include:
  • Sex throughout the movie. For example, background sexual activity was trimmed under the "no more than two buttock-thrusts rule"
  • A lot of a conversation between Phoenix and Cage was removed because a bank of TV monitors in the background were showing hardcore pornography footage
  • Sequences in the underground sex club were trimmed to remove shots of enema porn (which were in fact real)
  • Machine's cutting of Phoenix's throat was edited.
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Connections

Referenced in I Am Legend (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

Sick With It
Written by Tairrie Beth, Marcelo Palomino, Rico Villasenor & Brian Harrah
Performed by Tura Satana
Courtesy of Noise Records
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Very gritty and dark
1 November 2007 | by Smells_Like_CheeseSee all my reviews

When I watched 8 MM, I didn't know what to expect, but I noticed that Joel Schumacher directed it and I am a fan of his. Also it stars two other terrific actors like Nicholas Cage and Joaquin Phoenix, so usually that equals a great film. 8 MM turned out to be a terrific dark drama that I'm not so sure that I understand it's low rating. I was actually expecting it to be in the 7.0 range when I went to check it out on IMDb, but it's in the low 6.0's. I understand that it's an extremely dark movie that not too many people would wanna take a look at, but for what it was, I thought it was great. It took us into the deep dark world of porn and what some sick people get off on. It's not just about that, but also it takes us into a detective type of drama that makes it into a scary type of thriller.

Tom Welles is a detective that is given a strange short movie called a "snuff film", where a beautiful young girl is being brutally raped and then murdered on film. While it's supposed to be fake, it looks incredibly real and terrifying. Her relative asks him to find out wither it is fake or real and if she's still alive. This means he has to go deep into a world of brutal porn that is out of his league. With the help of a porn salesman, Max, they go to find out if this girl is really alive or not, but end up getting into some serious trouble when the directors and "actors" find out about them.

8 MM is in no way for the faint of heart, there are some extremely disturbing images that I really wouldn't like to see again, I'm sure most wouldn't either, but this is a great dark drama that I would recommend for a watch. Nicholas did a great job, but Joaquin really takes the show here. He made his character incredibly believable and almost sympathetic. Joel really made me believe the story, he shot it wonderfully and didn't over do anything. I would recommend this film for a watch, it's a great thriller that is impressive as well as scary.

8/10


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