Notorious (15)

PUBLISHED: 14:27 18 February 2009 | UPDATED: 22:10 26 October 2009

CHRISTOPHER Wallace - or The Notorious B.I.G. as he was known - was one of the greatest American rappers of the 1990s. And this rag-to-riches biopic follows his meteoric rise to fame as a hip-hop superstar. Spending part of his youth dealin


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Notorious (15)

CHRISTOPHER Wallace - or The Notorious B.I.G. as he was known - was one of the greatest American rappers of the 1990s.

And this rag-to-riches biopic follows his meteoric rise to fame as a hip-hop superstar.

Spending part of his youth dealing drugs on the streets of Brooklyn, fatherhood forces Wallace (Jamal Woolard) into engaging in more serious criminal activity as he struggles to provide for his child whatever the cost.

But when a tape of his rapping makes its way into the hands of precocious hip-hop impresario Sean 'Puffy' Combs (Derek Luke), Wallace's fortune changes overnight as he's transformed into a superstar.

Biggie must learn to deal with the demands of recording, fatherhood, marriage to fellow Bad Boy artist Faith Evans (Antonique Smith) and an increasingly malevolent rivalry with West Coast rapper Tupac Shakur (Anthony Mackie).

It was a bitter feud that cost Wallace his life, murdered in a drive-by shooting in Los Angeles on March 9, 1997.

Cast: Anthony Mackie, Jamal Woolard, Derek Luke, Antonique Smith

Director: George Tillman Jr

Running time: 2 hours, 3 mins

Released: February 13, 2009

Official website: www.notorious-movie.co.uk/

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