Biggie & Tupac: The Story Behind the Murder of Rap's Biggest Superstar
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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 werent 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, Tupacs 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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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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This is essential for anyone who is a fan of the Notorious B.I.G. (aka "Biggie Smalls") and/or 2Pac. Read morePublished on Oct. 4 2013 by Ishmael
Much like another reviewer stated, Broomfield has a shady style to him. However, maybe it's not shadyness, but a sort of naiveness... Read morePublished on May 25 2004
Much like another reviewer stated, Broomfield has a shady style to him. However, maybe it's not shadyness, but a sort of naiveness... Read morePublished on May 25 2004 by Phil
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
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 morePublished on Dec 10 2003 by Krayv
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
This movie is the best movie/DVD of 2002 to Suge Knight to Lil Cease this is am must have moviePublished on Oct. 17 2003
This DVD is amazing. "Biggie and Tupac" really convinces you that the murder was really powerfull and smart. Read morePublished on Sept. 1 2003