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Actors: Nicolas Cage, Joaquin Phoenix

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Private investigator Thomas Welles (Nick Cage) is hired by a rich widow to find out if a snuiff film found in her late husbands vault was indeed authentic. During his trip he befriends Max California (Joaquin Phoenix) a struggling goth musician working behind the register in an adult bookstore. Max takes Tom on a tour of the seedy underworld of the porn industry as Tom fights to keep his head straight while seeking out the indentity of the girl on the tape.
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The review of this Movie prepared by Bobby Blades

Tom Welles, private eye, is hired by a wealthy widow, whose well-known husband passed away recently. She has found a reel of S8-film in a safe, which shows a young girl being raped and butchered by a scary masked guy. Welles takes up investigation, which leads him to the girl's mother and from there to Hollywood, into the office of a porn flick producer. Welles' rising obsession to solve the case also carries him away from his wife and new-born daughter. But when finally names are at hand, Welles suddenly finds himself on ice much thinner than he planned.
The review of this Movie prepared by Julien K

A private investigator is hired to discover the true identity and fate of a girl seen on an S&M ponography shot on 8MM film. His search leads him into the underground of urbania, and he gets in much deeper than he wanted to...
The review of this Movie prepared by Emily M.

The widow of a very wealthy man finds what looks like a snuff film among his effects and hires private investigator Tom Welles (Cage) to find out whether it's authentic. Welles descends into the underworld of pornography and organized crime, partly guided by Mephistophelean Max California (Phoenix), a retailer in the sex business. The result is slick and at times churningly violent; Cage and Phoenix work hard, but this movie is expensive trash. Director Joel Schumacher is probably not as much to blame for this slimy piece of manipulation as writer Andrew Kevin Walker (Seven, The Game), who tries to give the makers of Basic Instinct and Fatal Attraction a run for their money. "8mm" died a well-deserved death at the box office.
The review of this Movie prepared by David Loftus

Script Analysis of 8mm

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Actual chase scenes or violence 30%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 60%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 10% Time/Era of Movie:    -   1980's-1999 Crime & Police Story?    -   Yes Taboo Sex Story?    -   Yes Crime story:    -   criminal kidnappers Kind of story:    -   voyeurism!

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   private investigator Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White (American)


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast    -   California City?    -   Yes City:    -   Dirty, grimy (like New York)    -   dangerous    -   rude people Misc setting    -   fancy mansion

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately messy visuals of dead    -   very gory visuals of deaths and torture Sex/nudity in movie?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   kissing    -   use of artificial tools    -   actual description of sex    -   seeing breasts    -   seeing nude female butt    -   seeing nude male butt    -   sex under blankets Kind of violence:    -   hand to hand    -   guns    -   knives Unusual forms of death    -   rough sex    -   perforation--swords/knives Any profanity?    -   A lot of foul language

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