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Nicholas Cage plays Tom Welles, a straight-laced surveillance specialist. His innocent, naive world begins to unravel when he is hired by the widow of an industrialist to investigate what she has shockingly discovered in her late husband's safe. It appears to be a snuff film of a young girl being murdered. In order to discover the truth, he must enter the city's seedy underworld, guided by porn-store clerk Max California (Joaquim Phoenix, LADDER 49).
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CastAnthony Heald
DirectorJoel Schumacher
Release Date:  1998
MPAA Rating:  R
DVD Release Date:  Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (September 16, 2008)
Runtime:  2hr 3min
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review by . December 08, 2009
An exceedingly dark and mind boggling Neo-Noir...
   You know mystery films are a dime a dozen these days almost everyone is trying to make the new L.A. Confidential but none of them seem to come even close to capturing the true feel and grittiness of that film or any other crime drama/mystery. But I'm happy to say that 8MM does that, while not as great or well plotted as L.A. Confidential it does bring a certain flare and undeniable draw to it. Because once your in there's no way out till the end.         …
review by . February 07, 2000
posted in Movie Hype
Pros: DECENT ACTING     Cons: NASTY LOOK INTO PORN     Cage's portrayal of a private eye, hired by the rich old widow in town, searching for a girl shown in a 'snuff' film was very disturbing. Cage is one of those actors that gives a gritty edge to his characters .... sometimes he is a nice guy sometimes he isn't but he is always edgy.       His interaction with Max California, played by Joaquin Phoenix, made for a good story line ... Max …
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