Notorious Poster

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: Drama, Biography

Production Co: Fox Searchlight

Distributors: Fox

Ratings & Reviews

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  • It's the spirit that Biggie Smalls, born Christopher Wallace, put into inventing himself and his music that ignites Notorious, a biopic that sees the flaws in the man but can't help accentuating the positive. show more

  • 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

  • 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

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