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R| 2 hr. 3 min.

Plot Summary
Private detective Tom Welles (Nicolas Cage) lives a normal life with his wife (Catherine Keener) and young daughter, until he receives a startling new case. A widow named Mrs. Christian (Myra Carter) has found what appears to be a snuff film among her late husband's belongings, and she wants Welles to determine if the movie is real or fake. Welles heads to California, where a video store employee (Joaquin Phoenix) helps him infiltrate the dangerous and depraved world of illegal porn movies.

Cast: Nicolas Cage , Joaquin Phoenix , James Gandolfini , Peter Stormare , Anthony Heald , Chris Bauer , Catherine Keener , Myra Carter

Director: Joel Schumacher

Genres: Thriller

Distributor: Sony Pictures Entertainment, Columbia TriStar Home Video, Columbia Pictures, United Artists

8MM (1999)

Release Date: February 19th, 1999|2 hr. 3 min.

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critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 0 )
  • NA
    Bob Graham San Francisco Chronicle

    Voyeuristically wallows in the sadistic violence it professes to deplore. What hypocrisy! show more

  • 63
    Mike Clark USA Today

    The two m's in 8MM could stand for "messy melodrama." [26 February 1999, Life, p.5E] show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    It is a real film. Not a slick exploitation exercise with all the trappings of depravity but none of the consequences. show more

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