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Biggie & Tupac: The Story Behind the Murder of Rap's Biggest Superstar

The Notorious B.I.G. , Tupac Shakur , Nick Broomfield    R (Restricted)   DVD
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It would be an exaggeration to say that Nick Broomfield solved the murders of Biggie and Tupac. Nonetheless, he makes a convincing case as to who the perpetrators were and why they weren’t brought to justice. Broomfield (Kurt and Courtney), who narrates and appears on camera, comes across like a scruffy Robin Leach, but he's done his homework and sniffs out the clues with the tenacity of a bloodhound. Time and again, he refuses to be intimidated--even when his life appears to be at stake. Fortunately, he was able to convince Voletta Wallace, beloved mother of Biggie Smalls (a.k.a. the Notorious B.I.G.), to cooperate, and that opened many doors. Unfortunately, Afeni Shakur, Tupac’s mother, refused to participate or to allow access to his music. She had nothing to fear. Broomfield is fair to both rappers, although the soundtrack is all-Biggie. Easily one of the most fascinating documentaries of 2002. --Kathleen C. Fennessy

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5.0 out of 5 stars A Fascinating Murder Mystery. July 4 2004
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Perhaps no murders in the music culture from the last decade have caused so much fascination and debate as those of Tupac Shakur and Biggie Smalls. The killings of these two rap stars remain important footnotes in the debate about the influence of rap music and the relevance of rap in today's popular culture. Nick Broomfield's latest film, "Biggie And Tupac," is both an exploration of the gangsta rap underworld and a fascinating search for answers and testimony involving the murders. As was the case with Broomfield's previous icon murder mystery, "Kurt & Courtney" which tried to find a link between Courtney Love and the suicide between her rock star husband, Nirvana's Kurt Cobain, "Biggie And Tupac" doesn't solve the case or even come to a solid conclusion. Instead it presents us with a gallery of both corrupt and truth searching characters and lots of questions, many valid. Fans of Broomfield know he will stop at nothing to at least get a few comments, the man will try everything from sneaking mikes to chasing down reluctant sources to get some form of information. The stakes here are higher because the people Broomfield is investigating are not angry Punk rockers or disgruntled former friends but people linked to dangerous California gang circles, corrupt policemen and a record label boss who fashions himself as a modern day Al Capone. What we get out of the film is that Tupac Shakur and Biggie Smalls started off as good friends and as soon as they found real success with their craft other forces such as Suge Knight began to influence events with a negative air due to money and rivalries with figures such as Sean "Puffy" Combs. The main theory here is that Knight had connections with corrupt L.A. P.D. Read more ›
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What could have been a very interesting doco turns into another messy, barely coherent exercise in vanity by Broomfield.
A major problem is Broomfield's narration of events. His voiceover is so monotone and dull it takes monumental courage to sit through 1.5 hours in one sitting. His sentences are also so repetitive and curt they become pointless. He just keeps saying things like: "I rang him" "He was not there" "This is David" etc. Awful and pure torture to sit through.
As bad is the photography. There is nothing stimulating or visually arresting at all. No nice shots, no attempt to create decent cinematography. Just tedious headshots and inept mistakes. If you like endless shots of LA highway you might enjoy this.
One part of the story is interesting - the LAPDs alleged involvement with Deathrow Records. So Broomfield, as is his wont, decides to sideline this in favour of spurious interviews with glory seekers who actually know nothing or have nothing to say. It is astounding how much of the footage is of aborted meetings or interviews that say nothing yet allude to something great. No-one will say anything on film, instead it's all nudges and winks and vague allusions. And we're meant to take this seriously? I reckon all these people were having a laugh at Broomfield's expense, at least that's how it seems. In relation to the LAPD story we get the familiar dodgy lawyer and some hispanic woman who had group sex with them. It's pathetic. She reveals nothing of interest, not unlike all the other interviews and soundbites.
Broomfield's techniques are also painfully inept and annoying. His telephone call to an FBI agent is so gauche it's tempting to think the whole thing is a wind-up. Any decent doco maker would approach the matter more seriously.
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Your enjoyment of Biggie and Tupac is directly related to your enjoyment of director Nick Broomfield and his bumbling passive-aggressive approach to ambush journalism. He dominates the movie, integrating himself into the story in his search to uncover the culprits behind the slaying of the Notorious BIG and Tupac Shakur, two of hip hop's brightest stars, gunned down within months of one another. Six years after the murders no arrests have been made, and while Broomfield offers some possible suspects, he stops short of any definitive conclusion.
He suggests several motives for the killings, but the point of the film is to chronicle his investigation - to present the facts and open a new dialogue about the culture of violence that is prevalent in hip hop - rather than pointing the finger at one guilty party. I find Broomfield's approach highly entertaining, and while he veers off course occasionally - there is a long pointless sequence with an ex-girlfriend of two LAPD officers allegedly tied to Tupac's murder that hinges on the sex lives of the officers, not their criminal behaviour - you have to admire his bravado in chasing down interviews in backrooms, prison yards, anywhere the story takes him. Yet there is a shocking interview with the 'Book Keeper', in his jail cell, possibly spelling out the man behind the slaying of Biggie Smalls.
In the film's final third there is an interview with Suge Knight, head honcho at Death Row Records, a leading rap label. Knight was in prison at the time, and didn't want to do the interview, but through sheer persistence Broomfield got him on camera. You can sense the tension in the sequence. The camera is noticeable jittery, as though the camera operator was have an anxiety attack while shooting, and Broomfield is unusually subdued.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, a Must Watch for Fans
This is essential for anyone who is a fan of the Notorious B.I.G. (aka "Biggie Smalls") and/or 2Pac. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Ishmael
2.0 out of 5 stars Subpar
Much like another reviewer stated, Broomfield has a shady style to him. However, maybe it's not shadyness, but a sort of naiveness... Read more
Published on May 25 2004
2.0 out of 5 stars Subpar
Much like another reviewer stated, Broomfield has a shady style to him. However, maybe it's not shadyness, but a sort of naiveness... Read more
Published on May 25 2004 by Phil
3.0 out of 5 stars much new info exposed, but a very sloppy mess
No doubt alot of new info is being exposed in this documentary...
However the movie it'self is pretty much a sloppy mess and it seems that the boys in the editing-booth forgot... Read more
Published on Jan. 3 2004 by D3strukchun
1.0 out of 5 stars What a terrible movie...
I have to say, I love Biggie and Tupac, but that was, quite possibly, the worst thing I have ever rented in my entire life. Read more
Published on Dec 10 2003 by Krayv
5.0 out of 5 stars WHOA!
Suge killed Pac and BIG! Watch this movie, they explain how suge set them both up. They talk about him and the fake cops! All i can say is go see it!
Published on Nov. 16 2003 by Hakim Shakir
5.0 out of 5 stars B.I.G And P.A.C
This movie is the best movie/DVD of 2002 to Suge Knight to Lil Cease this is am must have movie
Published on Oct. 17 2003 by "makaveil"
5.0 out of 5 stars 2 True Rappers
This DVD is amazing. "Biggie and Tupac" really convinces you that the murder was really powerfull and smart. Read more
Published on Sept. 1 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent film!
This documentary is excellent and very chilling! I love 2Pac's music but if you don't, or don't even like rap, this film will still hold you in suspense. Read more
Published on July 22 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars TEARJERKING!!
FINALLY SOMEONE HAS THE GUTS TO SAY WHAT THE STREETS KNEW A LONG TIME AGO. SUGE KNIGHT IS RESPONSIBLE FOR MURDERING TO OF THE MOST INSIGHTFUL AND CREATIVE THINKERS OF OUR TIME. Read more
Published on July 18 2003 by M. Washington
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