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Notorious (2009)

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Biography, Crime, Drama |

Notorious is a American biographical drama film directed by George Tillman Jr. about American rapper Christopher Wallace / The Notorious B.I.G., following his life and murder. The film stars Jamal Woolard as Wallace, alongside Angela Bassett, Derek Luke, and Anthony Mackie. Woolard reprised his role as Wallace in All Eyez on Me (2017).

The film opens at a party in Los Angeles on March 9, 1997. Just as The Notorious B.I.G. is about to be killed in a shooting, the film flashes back to Biggie’s childhood in Brooklyn, New York, where he lived during his childhood years as a hard-working school student before he begins dealing drugs. Christopher, now older, sells drugs at the height of the crack epidemic, hustling with his friends “D-Roc” and Lil’ Cease.

When his girlfriend, Jan Jackson, tells him that she is pregnant, he takes drug dealing more seriously so he can earn more money to support his growing family. Christopher eventually participates in a rap battle, where he wins, but his mother, Voletta Wallace, kicks him out of the house after finding drugs underneath his bed and also because of the fact letters were sent home about him not attending school.

Chris gets caught with guns and drugs, and he serves nine months in jail before being bailed out. Christopher meets Kim Jones, but Kim refuses to pursue a relationship with him due to her abusive past. After reconciling with his mother and visiting his newborn daughter, T’yanna, he records a demo under the name “Biggie Smalls”, which catches the attention of Puff, an ambitious record producer working for Uptown.

Director: George Tillman Jr.

Writers: Reggie Rock Bythewood, Cheo Hodari Coker

Stars: Jamal Woolard, Anthony Mackie, Derek Luke, Tupac Shakur, Faith Evans, Naturi Naughton, Christopher Jordan Wallace

Cast:

Jamal WoolardChristopher ‘Biggie’ Wallace
Momo DioneRecord Executive at Party
Derek LukeSean ‘Puffy’ Combs
Dennis L.A. WhiteDamion
Marc John JefferiesCease
Menyone DeVeauxHot Girl #1
Christopher Jordan WallaceBiggie (Age 8-13)
Ricky SmithWally
Amanda ChristopherKeisha
Angela BassettVoletta Wallace
Jasper BriggsDamion (Age 8-13)
Cyrus FarmerSelwyn
David CostabileMr. Webber
Julia Pace MitchellJan
Red CaféPrimo (as Jermaine Denny)
Naquon ‘Nino Brown’ JacksonNino Brown
Naturi NaughtonLil’ Kim
Aunjanue EllisSandy
Jason CroasdaileSecurity Thug
Valence Thomas50 Grand
Edwin FreemanMister Cee
Kevin PhillipsMark
John VentimigliaDetective Farelli
Cimone CampbellCute Girl Assistant
Duane Nakia CooperHoward Emcee (as Duane Cooper)
Anthony MackieTupac Shakur
Miya GranatellaHot Lady (as Miya M. Granatella)
Charles Malik WhitfieldWayne (as C. Malik Whitfield)
Susie Da SilvaJessica
Antonique SmithFaith
Sean Hall-EarlHeavy Set Guy Fan
Jelani MasharikiRough Guy
Tony MuiAsian Fan
Atalya SlaterFemale Fan
John HillsJustice of the Peace
Lamont ‘Money L’ MosleyMoney L
Ginger KrollDebbie
Hisham TawfiqFatigue Guy
John SierrosCop (Quad Studios) (as I.N. Sierros)
Sean RinggoldSuge Knight
Marco Best‘Person on the Street’
Erskine Bonilla‘Person on the Street’
KeShuna JonesPerson on the Street’
Andre Roberson‘Person on the Street’
Donté Kinsey‘Person on the Street’
Adre’an Simms‘Person on the Street’
Brandi Nicole Feemster‘Person on the Street’
Corey Browne‘Person on the Street’
Nina Daniels‘Person on the Street’
Grant Hayes‘Person on the Street’
Denae InnisT’yanna
Brandon BaileyFan #1
Taylor DiorTyanna Wallace – Age 2
Cheryl AlessioDancer
Tyra AllenGuest at Album Release Party
Joseph BasileNeighborhood Thug
Hasan BivingsClub Dancer
Michael BostwickTrife
Jonathan Gabriel CharlesHoward Student
Shawntay DalonHoward University Member
Rico DevereauxPuffy’s Bodyguard #1
Sarah DonnellyParty Girl
Cartier DoSoutoPuerto Rican
Jason DarkChocolate DyerMoney Man Driver
D.J. EnuffSelf
Landon G. WoodsonBiggie Entourage
Anwan GloverSnoop Dogg
Fatimah HassanFaith’s Friend / Person on Street
Allen HollowayChico
Antoine Holmes Sr.Bad Boy Entourage
Mike HurtCrackhead
Osas IghodaroParty Girl
Elvis JaquezExtra
Melissa JosephFan Asking for Tupac for an Autograph
Alina KaufmanParty Guest
Chris KelleyGangster
Langley LamarkHypeman
Ebony J LewisSource Awards Envelope Giver
Dee MartinFatigue Guy #2
Monica MooreVIP Guest at Party
Simone MoorePerson on the Street
Alan MuetingRecord Executive
Sharron PaulConcertgoer
Richard PryorSelf (archive footage)
Gordon RamseyLonghaired Sound Engineer
Jessica RichParty Girl
Ahmad RussRecord Producer at Party
Craig ScribnerFan
Harry L. SeddonJail Guard Walking Biggie
Usman SharifGuy #1
Jessica Noel SmithGlam Girl
Lisa StansburyConcert Fan
Jen SteeleGroupie
Karl ThwaitesConcert Audience Member
Norman WakefieldSuge Knight Crew
Laurie WalkerDancer
Derrick WilliamsHit Team Record Producer

Sources: imdb & wikipedia

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