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Biggie and Tupac (2002)



Critic Consensus: This is a compelling documentary, even for those who aren't fans of rap.

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When rapper Notorious B.I.G. (aka Biggie Smalls) died in a hail of bullets outside the Soul Train Music Awards in Los Angeles in March of 1997, it appeared to be the latest salvo in the East Coast/West Coast rap/gang rivalry that had claimed the life of Tupac Shakur six months earlier in Las Vegas. Three years later, however, Los Angeles police Detective Russell Poole, who had been assigned to the Smalls case, went public with a startling accusation: the LAPD's top brass derailed the investigation when Poole began uncovering evidence that tied fellow LAPD officer David Mack to the rap star's murder. What if one of L.A.'s most infamous unsolved homicides involved a cop? Might it furthermore be connected to the city's unfolding Rampart scandal -the worst in LAPD history? Through a series of interviews as well as newly unveiled evidence, the film reveals some shocking details about the still unsolved murder of two of the biggest stars in rap.

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Critic Reviews for Biggie and Tupac

All Critics (49) | Top Critics (20)

Short on concrete evidence but long on compelling insinuation.

May 3, 2005 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

Compulsively watchable and endlessly inventive as it transforms Broomfield's limited materials into a compelling argument.

January 10, 2003 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

You don't need to know your Ice-T's from your Cool-J's to realize that as far as these shootings are concerned, something is rotten in the state of California.

January 9, 2003 | Rating: 3/4

Broomfield turns his distinctive 'blundering' style into something that could really help clear up the case.

December 23, 2002 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Broomfield's style of journalism is hardly journalism at all, and even those with an avid interest in the subject will grow impatient.

October 25, 2002

Most of the information has already appeared in one forum or another and, no matter how Broomfield dresses it up, it tends to speculation, conspiracy theories or, at best, circumstantial evidence.

October 24, 2002

Audience Reviews for Biggie and Tupac

A great discussion brought forward by the film makers from those who knew the rappers well on the potential conspiracy behind their deaths.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer

From the same documentarian that brought you Heidi Fleiss: Hollywood Madam and Kurt & Courtney, comes our favorite conspiracy theorist with some interesting theories and oft-repeated questions about the murders of famous rappers Tupac Shakur and Biggie Smalls. Though Broomfield's films definitely have a low quality feel to them, the man also presses issues and asks the uncomfortable questions most people would be afraid to ask if they actually got to face the people who could give them those answers. This man travels into Biggie's and Tupac's childhood neighborhoods with no protection to ask their friends what they were like, what their opinions of the murders were, and even goes to prison to visit Suge Knight himself. Knight even references the Heidi Fleiss documentary, demanding that he not be made a fool like she was. Broomfield brings up an interesting theory: was Tupac murdered by his father figure Suge Knight because he wanted to leave Death Row Records? And did Knight have Biggie murdered to make their deaths look connected? Though only a handful of people agree with/confirm his theory, Broomfield makes a VERY convincing argument that keeps you hooked and helps you overlook the grainy look of his film.

Remi Logan
Remi Logan

Super Reviewer


It was really interesting learning about these two people and how their relationship turned from good to bad. It was quite confusing following all the peoples names as I know very little about these two. I liked learning about their early lives and their talent and found it very interesting seeing them go into the prison to talk to Suge Knight. A good explorative documentary.

Sophie Burgess
Sophie Burgess

Super Reviewer

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