• Notorious (2009)


Release Date: January 16th, 2009

DVD Release Date: April 21st, 2009

R |2 hr 2 min

Plot Summary

Born and raised in Brooklyn, N.Y., Christopher Wallace (Jamal Woolard) parlays his gift for storytelling into a career as a rap artist. Eventually dubbing himself Biggie Smalls, then later, the Notorious B.I.G., Wallace's tales about violent street life take him to the top of the rap charts. The subject he so often raps about catches up with him in March of 1997, when he is shot to death after leaving a party.

Cast: Angela Bassett, Derek Luke, Jamal Woolard, Anthony Mackie, Antonique Smith, Naturi Naughton, Kevin Phillips, Dennis L.A. White

Director: George Tillman Jr.

Genres: Biography , Drama

Production Co: Fox Searchlight

Distributors: Fox

Keywords: Fall, Mother, 1990s, 1980s, Murder, Underdog, Tense, Rivalry, Friend, Prison, Los Angeles, Rise, Touching

Ratings & Reviews

  • 88
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    A good film in many ways, but its best achievement is the casting of Jamal Woolard, a rapper named Gravy, in the title role. show more

  • 63
    Philadelphia Inquirer

    It's an engaging enough story, crisply told, and the lip-synced music scenes in the studio and on stage are brought off in high style. show more

  • 70
    Kirk HoneycuttThe Hollywood Reporter

    For a man apparently making his first film, Woolard carries the movie like a pro. Cross your fingers that this is no fluke, for this guy could be a real comer. show more

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