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8mm [VHS] [1999]

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  • Actors: Nicolas Cage, Joaquin Phoenix, James Gandolfini, Peter Stormare, Anthony Heald
  • Directors: Joel Schumacher
  • Writers: Andrew Kevin Walker
  • Producers: Joel Schumacher, Gavin Polone, Jeff Levine, Joseph M. Caracciolo, Judy Hofflund
  • Format: VHS
  • Language: English
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Columbia Tristar
  • VHS Release Date: 1 July 2002
  • Run Time: 118 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 76 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B00004CZTS
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 485,082 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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Oscar winner Nicolas Cage stars as Tom Welles, a surveillance expert with an inauspicious home-based business. Whilst he spends the majority of his time on mundane and respectable work, he is still awaiting the case that will secure his professional reputation. His latest case involves a reel of 8mm film discovered in a dead man's safe which seemingly depicts the murder of a young girl. As Welles investigates further, he is continually disturbed by the sordid nature of the work, and comes into contact with a streetwise clerk called Max California (Joaquin Phoenix). He offers to help guide Welles through the illicit world of pornography and snuff movies in order to discover the identity of the deceased girl and her possible murderer.

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This thoroughly unpleasant thriller from the hands of Joel Schumacher (Batman and Robin) offers very little in its lurid tour of snuff films and the seedy pornographic underworld. A wooden Nicolas Cage stars as a private detective hired by a tycoon's widow, who discovers in her dead husband's safe some 8mm footage of a young girl being sexually abused and slaughtered. Cage's job is to determine the veracity of the film and to find out the girl's identity, whether she be alive or dead. What could have been a taut, nerve-jangling thriller is instead a lumbering, overwrought but underwritten tale of vigilante justice. Screenwriter Andrew Kevin Walker also penned the imaginative and compelling Seven but you wouldn't know it from this tired and monotonous script. Schumacher tries for echoes of both The Silence of the Lambs and Paul Schrader's Hardcore (which stars George C. Scott as a father trying to find his daughter in the seedy porn industry) but despite some slick camerawork, the film fails to draw the audience into either the mystery of the missing girl or Cage's supposed internal conflicts. It's not so much the unsavoury subject matter as it is the sloppy and unimaginative filmmaking that makes the movie unbearable. Of the entire cast only Joaquin Phoenix, as a charismatic goth boy who works at an adult book store, comes away with a memorable performance. --Mark Englehart --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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