8MM (1999)

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A private investigator is hired to discover if a "snuff film" is authentic or not.

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  • Nicolas Cage in 8MM (1999)
  • Nicolas Cage as Tom Welles
  • Director Joel Schumacher
  • Tom Welles (Nicholas Cage) is a private investigator and family man living a simple life in Pennsylvania - until a reel of crudely shot eight millimeter film sends him down a sordid and terrifying path into society's darkest corners.
  • Nicolas Cage and Joaquin Phoenix in 8MM (1999)
  • Nicolas Cage in 8MM (1999)

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Did You Know?


The Aphex Twin song, "Come to Daddy", is played twice. The first time it is the theme song to a hardcore porn flick, and the second time it is actually played as the background music to this film, upon Nicolas Cage's entering of the "bad guy's" house. Also, the music ... ...


Airport Announcer: Welcome to Miami. While in the airport, please observe Florida and local laws which prohibit any smoking in the terminal. Thank you for not smoking.


When Tom is going through the cards of the missing people he takes Mary Ann Matthews card out of the North Carolina file. On the card it says that Mary Ann Matthews disappeared from her house in Fayetteville, NC. In the Film Mary lived with her mother in Cleveland, Ohio.

Alternate Versions

The film was heavily cut before release to gain an 'R' rating. Joel Schumacher's audio commentary on the DVD points out the multitude of MPAA cuts throughout the film. The cuts include:

  • Sex throughout the movie. For example, background sexual activity was trimmed under the "no more than two buttock-thrusts rule"
  • A lot of a conversation between Phoenix and Cage was removed because a bank of TV monitors in the background were showing hardcore pornography footage
  • Sequences in the underground sex club were trimmed to remove shots of enema porn (which were in fact real)
  • Machine's cutting of Phoenix's throat was edited.


Sick With It
Written by Tairrie Beth, Marcelo Palomino, Rico Villasenor & Brian Harrah
Performed by Tura Satana
Courtesy of Noise Records


Plot Summary

Synopsis (WARNING: Spoilers)


Mystery | Thriller


Release Date:

26 February 1999



Country of Origin

Germany, USA

Filming Locations

Buena Vista Avenue, Yonkers, New York, USA

Box Office


$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$14,252,888 (USA) (28 February 1999)


$36,663,315 (USA)

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