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At Theaters: 2/26/1999 On Video: 7/20/1999
Rated: R Length: 2 hr. 1 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 029903
Studio: Columbia Pictures Inc.
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Tom Welles is a family man with a modest home-based private investigation business living a simple life in Pennsylvania-until a reel of crudely shot eight millimeter film sends him down a gritty and frightening path into society's darkest corners.

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Thriller Mystery - 8mm is a thriller from the writer of the film Seven, and has a similar dark and disturbing tone. Viewers who liked that previous film are most likely to like this one. Many viewers will not want to see much of the content of 8mm, which deals with snuff films, sexual violence, S&M and other extreme activities. Fans of Nicolas Cage's darker work, in films like Leaving Las Vegas may appreciate his performance; others, who prefer him in romantic or comic roles, should not expect that kind of role here.
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Nicholas Cage (Snake Eyes)
Joaquin Phoenix (Return to Paradise)
James Gandolfini (A Civil Action)
Director: Joel Schumacher (A Time to Kill)
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PROFANITY: Strong and extremely frequent
SEX/NUDITY: Nudity and sexual content, including sexual violence
VIOLENCE: Shootings, stabbings and beatings
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Alcohol consumption
ACTION: Chases and fight sequences
COMEDY: Some ironic dialogue
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Above Average
It would seem that the creative sensibilities of screenwriter Andrew Kevin Walker (Seven) and director Joel Schumacher (Batman & Robin) couldn't be farther apart, which is one reason 8MM isn't nearly as effective as it could be. This tale of a detective's descent into the pornography underworld has moments of bleak effectiveness, heading into the same creepy territory as Seven. Unfortunately, Schumacher's slickness works against the film as often as for it, creating a too-literal vision that threatens to become exploitative. It may be enough that 8MM is just a decently constructed thriller, but it's no apocalyptic gut-rattler.
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Based on an Exit Polling of 221 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
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Many
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Recommend
Movie To Friends
13-19Teens (M)
18
High
89%
13-19Teens (F)
21
About 50/50
71%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
43
Fairly High
77%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
44
Fairly Low
70%
30+Adults (M)
49
Fairly High
78%
30+Adults (F)
46
About 50/50
65%
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Tom Welles (NICOLAS CAGE) is a surveillance specialist--what used to be known as a "private eye"--but his version of the profession is hardly the stuff of which legends are made. He has a modest, home-based practice in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, where he lives an existence remarkable only for its normalcy with wife Amy (CATHERINE KEENER) and their baby daughter, Cindy. Respected but still waiting for a big break that will improve his professional status, Welles spends most of his time on routine cases involving unfaithful spouses and the like. Nothing too dangerous, nor too threatening.

Until a small, innocuous-looking plastic reel of film turns Welles' life upside down. It's a job that will lead Welles down an increasingly dark and frightening path, as he relentlessly follows an bizarre trail of evidence from Harrisburg to Cleveland and North Carolina, and then on to the streets of Hollywood and New York City. Meticulously assembling the maddening puzzle piece by piece, Welles' only assistance comes from a streetwise adult bookstore clerk, Max (JOAQUIN PHOENIX), who's smart enough to know the milieu he works in without giving in to it. It's also a road that takes Welles further away from his family, as his work turns into an obsession with the fate of a girl whom, although a complete stranger to Tom, begins to haunt his imagination and conscience. From missing persons archives to shelters for runaway girls and into society's seamy, unspeakable underbelly, Welles relentlessly wends his way to the truth. And what Welles learns is beyond his wildest dreams and worst nightmares, as he comes to realize how deadly a small reel of eight millimeter film can be.

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