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Encyclopedia > 8mm (film)
8mm
Directed by Joel Schumacher
Produced by Judy Hofflund
Gavin Polone
Joel Schumacher
Written by Andrew Kevin Walker
Starring Nicolas Cage
Joaquin Phoenix
James Gandolfini
Catherine Keener
Norman Reedus
Peter Stormare
Cinematography Robert Elswit
Editing by Mark Stevens
Distributed by Sony Pictures Entertainment,
Columbia Pictures
Release date(s) Flag of the United States February 26, 1999
Running time 123 min.
Country United States Flag of the United States
Language English
Budget US$40,000,000 (estimated)
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8mm is a 1999 mystery/thriller film, directed by Joel Schumacher, about a private investigator Tom Welles (Nicolas Cage) who is hired to research the authenticity of an alleged snuff movie found in the vault of a recently deceased billionaire, which takes him to some sleazy environments. Joel Schumacher (born August 29, 1939) is an American film director, writer, and producer. ... Joel Schumacher (born August 29, 1939) is an American film director, writer, and producer. ... Andrew Kevin Walker (born August 14, 1964 in Altoona, Pennsylvania) is an American screenwriter. ... Nicolas Cage (born Nicholas Coppola on January 7, 1964) is an Academy Award-winning American actor. ... Joaquín Rafael Phoenix (pronounced IPA: ) (born October 28, 1974), formerly credited as Leaf Phoenix, is a two-time Academy Award-nominated, Golden Globe and Grammy Award-winning Puerto Rican-born American actor. ... James R. Gandolfini (born September 18, 1961) is a three-time Emmy award winning Italian-American actor known for multifaceted portrayals of conscientious yet often inherently sinister characters. ... Catherine Ann Keener (born March 26, 1960 in Miami, Florida) is an Academy Award-nominated American actress. ... Norman Reedus was born in Florida, and he later moved abroad to several countries (Japan, England, Spain) before arriving in Los Angeles, California, just months before his first film Floating. ...   (born August 27, 1953) is a Swedish film and television actor. ... Robert Elswit is an American cinematographer. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... The Columbia Pictures logo from 1993 to the present Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... is the 57th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1999 Gregorian calendar). ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... ISO 4217 Code USD User(s) the United States, the British Indian Ocean Territory,[1] the British Virgin Islands, East Timor, Ecuador, El Salvador, the Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Palau, Panama, Caicos Islands, and the insular areas of the United States Inflation 2. ... Year 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1999 Gregorian calendar). ... Mystery fiction is a distinct subgenre of detective fiction that entails the occurrence of an unknown event which requires the protagonist to make known (or solve). ... The thriller is a broad genre of literature, film, and television. ... Film is a term that encompasses individual motion pictures, the field of film as an art form, and the motion picture industry. ... The film director, on the right, gives last minute direction to the cast and crew, whilst filming a costume drama on location in London. ... Joel Schumacher (born August 29, 1939) is an American film director, writer, and producer. ... Nicolas Cage (born Nicholas Coppola on January 7, 1964) is an Academy Award-winning American actor. ... A snuff film is a film, sometimes pornographic, that allegedly depicts actual murder, produced for entertainment purposes. ... A billionaire is a person who has a net worth of at least one billion units of currency, such as United States Dollars (USD), Pounds or Euros. ...


An unrelated - although billed as a sequel - direct-to-video film, 8mm 2, was released in 2005. A film that is released direct-to-video (also straight-to-video) is one which has been released to the public on home video formats first rather than first being released in movie theaters. ... 8mm 2 is a 2005 direct-to-video film, billed as a sequel to the 1999 Nicholas Cage film 8mm, although no aspects of the original movie are involved with this one. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...

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Plot

Nicolas Cage plays private investigator Tom Welles, who normally caters to a high society crowd such as socialites and politicians. He lives an unexciting but mostly happy life with his wife Amy (Catherine Keener) and their infant daughter Cindy, and his usually non-dangerous job typically requires him to tail adulterers. Nicolas Cage (born Nicholas Coppola on January 7, 1964) is an Academy Award-winning American actor. ... A private investigator, private detective, PI, or private eye, is a person who undertakes investigations, usually for a private citizen or some other entity not involved with a government or police organization. ... A socialite is a person (often a younger woman) of social prominence, considered to be an influential social figure. ... A politician is an individual involved in politics, sometimes this may include political scientists. ... Catherine Ann Keener (born March 26, 1960 in Miami, Florida) is an Academy Award-nominated American actress. ... A human infant In basic English usage, an infant is defined as a human child at the youngest stage of life, especially before they can walk or simply a child before the age of one. ... Adultery is voluntary sexual intercourse between a married person and a partner other than the lawful spouse. ...


One day Tom is contacted by Daniel Longdale (Anthony Heald), the attorney of wealthy widow Mrs. Christian (Myra Carter) whose husband has recently died. While going through the contents of her husband's safe, she and Longdale find an 8 mm film depicting what appears to be the brutal murder of a teenage girl by a hulking man in a mask. Tom believes the film, though ghastly, is fake, but Mrs. Christian wants him to verify this for certain. Anthony Heald is an American actor best known for portraying Hannibal Lecters smarmy psychiatrist, Frederick Chilton, in The Silence of the Lambs and Red Dragon, and as deputy principal Scott Guber in Boston Public. ... An attorney is someone who represents someone else in the transaction of business: For attorney-at-law, see lawyer, solicitor, barrister or civil law notary. ... A widow is a woman whose spouse has died. ... Myra Carter is an actress, a Drama Desk award winner, who has made numerous appearances on stage, screen, and television. ... 8mm film is a motion picture film format in which the filmstrip is eight millimeters wide. ... “Young Men” redirects here. ...


After looking through missing persons files, Tom discovers the girl's name is Mary Ann Mathews (Jenny Powell). He visits the home of her distraught mother Janet (Amy Morton) and after searching the house finds Mary Ann's hidden diary, in which she explains that she ran away to Hollywood to become a movie star. Before he leaves he asks Mrs. Mathews what she would choose: if she could go on thinking that Mary Ann is living a happy life, but not know for sure, or if she would have to know the truth even if it were the worst thing possible. Mrs. Mathews responds that she would have to know. This article does not cite its references or sources. ... Jenny Powell can refer to several people: Jenny Powell, a British actress and television presenter. ... ... A movie star or film star is a celebrity who is a person known for his or her roles in motion pictures. ...


Armed with this information, Tom flies to Hollywood, where, with the help of a local named Max California (Joaquin Phoenix), he penetrates the underworld of illegal pornography, trying to discover who made the snuff film. Contact with a sleazy "talent scout" named Eddie Poole (James Gandolfini) leads Tom and Max to a shady movie director named Dino Velvet (Peter Stormare), whose violent pornographic films star a masked man named "Machine" (Chris Bauer) who is identical to the man in the film from Mr. Christian's safe. Joaquín Rafael Phoenix (pronounced IPA: ) (born October 28, 1974), formerly credited as Leaf Phoenix, is a two-time Academy Award-nominated, Golden Globe and Grammy Award-winning Puerto Rican-born American actor. ... A snuff film, or snuff movie, depicts the killing of a human being - a human sacrifice (without the aid of special effects or other trickery) perpetuated for the medium of film. ... Artist and repertoire (A&R for short) is a music industry term that refers to the division of a record label that is responsible for scouting and developing talent. ... James R. Gandolfini (born September 18, 1961) is a three-time Emmy award winning Italian-American actor known for multifaceted portrayals of conscientious yet often inherently sinister characters. ... The film director, on the right, gives last minute direction to the cast and crew, whilst filming a costume drama on location in London. ...   (born August 27, 1953) is a Swedish film and television actor. ... Pornography (from Greek πορνογραφια pornographia — literally writing about or drawings of harlots) is the representation of the human body or human sexual behaviour with the goal of sexual arousal, similar to, but (according to some) distinct from, erotica. ... Mark Christopher Bauer (born October 28, 1966) is an American film and television actor. ...


Hoping to expose Velvet and Machine, Tom pretends to be a client interested in commissioning an original, hardcore bondage film directed by Velvet and starring Machine. Velvet agrees and arranges for him and Machine to meet Tom at an abandoned warehouse in New York City. At the meeting, however, Velvet and Machine turn against him and disarm Tom, then Longdale appears unexpectedly and explains that Mr. Christian had contracted him to procure the snuff film. Longdale also reveals that he had informed Velvet ahead of time that Tom might come looking for them. Tom finally realizes that the film was authentic. A model in bondage cuffs with a leg spreader In the context of BDSM, bondage involves people being tied up or otherwise restrained for pleasure. ... New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ...


Velvet and Machine then produce a bound and beaten Max California whom they have abducted in order to force Tom to bring them the film. After Tom brings back the film, they burn it and kill Max. They are about to kill Tom when Tom shares information he learned from Mrs. Christian: that her husband had paid $1,000,000 for the film. Apparently Velvet, Poole, and Machine all received considerably less, thus making them realize that Longdale took most of the money for himself. In the ensuing confrontation, Velvet and Longdale kill each other, and while they are distracted Tom escapes after injuring Machine.


After fleeing, Tom informs Mrs. Christian over the phone that the film was real and that Longdale was involved. He says that they must go to the police and Mrs. Christian agrees to meet, but when he arrives at the Christian estate he is informed by the doorman that Mrs. Christian took her own life after hearing the news. She left one envelope for the girl's family and one for Tom, the latter of which contains the rest of his money and a note reading, "Try to forget us." With the film destroyed and no remaining witnesses to its existence, Tom decides to track down the remaining people involved himself, saying, "There's no one left to finish this but me."


He tracks down Poole and takes him back to the shooting location of the film. He tries to kill Poole but cannot bring himself to do it. He then calls Mrs. Mathews and tells her the truth about what happened to her daughter, simultaneously asking for her permission to hurt the men responsible. He gets what he needs and immediately returns - presumably pistol whipping Poole to death and burning his body along with the pornography in Tom's car. Then he traces Machine back to his home by using hospital records and the fact that Tom wounded Machine during his escape from the warehouse. Machine's and Tom's fight ends with Machine being killed, but not before he is unmasked, revealing a rather unremarkable looking, overweight, bespectacled bald man who asks Tom: 'What did you expect? A monster?'


After Tom returns to his family, he receives a letter from Mrs. Mathews. She thanks him for the money he sent and ends by saying, "I hated you for telling me the truth, but now I realize you and I are probably the only people that ever really cared about Mary Ann."


Tagline: You can't prepare for where the truth will take you.


Other Notes

  • When Tom Welles is watching the tapes of Velvet's work, the second tape plays the song Come To Daddy by Aphex Twin. When Tom and Max meet Velvet, the music video for the same song is seen on a TV as they enter the room. The song is later played again on Machine's vinyl player when Tom is in his house.
  • The film mixes the topics of snuff movies, bondage and rape. It has been repeatedly criticized by BDSM groups worldwide as discrediting. Its initial screenings were accompanied by several demonstrations in the US.
  • When Tom Welles discovers the hidden diary a picture of Cobain can be seen on the book.

Aphex Twin (born Richard David James on August 18, 1971 in Limerick, Ireland) is a British electronic music artist, credited with pushing forward the genres of techno, ambient, acid and drum and bass. ... A snuff film is a film, sometimes pornographic, that allegedly depicts actual murder, produced for entertainment purposes. ... A model in bondage cuffs with a leg spreader In the context of BDSM, bondage involves people being tied up or otherwise restrained for pleasure. ... // A collar is a common symbol in BDSM. Female bottom in bondage with leather monoglove BDSM is any of a number of related patterns of human sexual behavior. ...

Cast

Nicolas Cage (born Nicholas Coppola on January 7, 1964) is an Academy Award-winning American actor. ... Joaquín Rafael Phoenix (pronounced IPA: ) (born October 28, 1974), formerly credited as Leaf Phoenix, is a two-time Academy Award-nominated, Golden Globe and Grammy Award-winning Puerto Rican-born American actor. ... James R. Gandolfini (born September 18, 1961) is a three-time Emmy award winning Italian-American actor known for multifaceted portrayals of conscientious yet often inherently sinister characters. ...   (born August 27, 1953) is a Swedish film and television actor. ... Anthony Heald is an American actor best known for portraying Hannibal Lecters smarmy psychiatrist, Frederick Chilton, in The Silence of the Lambs and Red Dragon, and as deputy principal Scott Guber in Boston Public. ... Mark Christopher Bauer (born October 28, 1966) is an American film and television actor. ... Catherine Ann Keener (born March 26, 1960 in Miami, Florida) is an Academy Award-nominated American actress. ... Myra Carter is an actress, a Drama Desk award winner, who has made numerous appearances on stage, screen, and television. ...

Soundtrack

The film's music was conducted by Mychael Danna. It was released on CD by Chapter III in 1999, with a total of 20 tracks: // Music is an art form consisting of sound and silence expressed through time. ... Conducting is the act of directing a musical performance by way of visible gestures. ... Mychael Danna is a film composer. ... CD may stand for: Compact Disc Canadian Forces Decoration Cash Dispenser (at least used in Japan) CD LPMud Driver Centrum-Demokraterne (Centre Democrats of Denmark) Certificate of Deposit České Dráhy (Czech Railways) Chad (NATO country code) Chalmers Datorförening (computer club of the Chalmers University of Technology) a 1960s...

  1. "The Projector" (1:20)
  2. "The House" (2:05)
  3. "The Call" (1:44)
  4. "The Film" (1:10)
  5. "Cindy" (0:56)
  6. "Missing Persons" (4:46)
  7. "What Would You Choose" (3:11)
  8. "Hollywood" (2:51)
  9. "Unsee" (1:20)
  10. "Dance With the Devil" (5:36)
  11. "The Third Man" (1:14)
  12. "Loft" (1:56)
  13. "No Answer" (1:47)
  14. "I Know All About..." (1:41)
  15. "366 Hoyt Ave." (1:46)
  16. "Scene of the Crime" (5:52)
  17. "Machine" (3:30)
  18. "Rainstorm" (3:49)
  19. "Home" (1:32)
  20. "Dear Mr. Wells" (1:54)

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8 mm film - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (462 words)
The film spools actually contain a 16 mm film with twice as many perforations along each edge than normal 16 mm film, which is only exposed along half of its width.
When the film reaches its end in the takeup spool, the camera is opened and the spools in the camera are flipped and swapped (the design of the spool hole ensures that this happens properly) and the same film is exposed along the side of the film left unexposed on the first loading.
During processing, the film is split down the middle, resulting in two lengths of 8 mm film, each with a single row of perforations along one edge, so fitting four times as many frames in the same amount of 16 mm film.
Super 8 mm film - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1092 words)
Super 8mm film is a motion picture film format that was developed in the 1960s and released on the market in 1965 by Eastman Kodak as an improvement of the older 8mm home movie format.
The film is 8mm wide, exactly the same as the older standard 8mm film, and retains standard 8's single perforations, but the dimensions of the perforations are reduced, allowing the exposed area to be increased in size.
The sound film had a magnetic soundtrack, and came in larger cartridges than the original so as to accommodate a longer film path (required for smoothing the film movement before it reached the recording head), and a second aperture for the recording head.
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