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Release Date: February 26th, 1999

DVD Release Date: September 14th, 1999

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

Production Co: Hofflund/Polone, Columbia Pictures Corporation

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

Ratings & Reviews

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

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

  • This is not a movie for the squeamish, by any means. But for those who like their thrillers dark and their heroes a bit more complicated and flawed than the average shoot-without-a-blink type so prevalent in today's movies, 8MM fills the bill. show more

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