Biggie & Tupac

  • 15
  • Nick Broomfield (2001)
  • US
  • 107 min
Biggie & Tupac
Film Review
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2 out of 5

Following on from his painfully amateurish Kurt and Courtney, British documentary maker Nick Broomfield turns his attention to another pair of modern musical icons. Here he investigates the unsolved murders of US rap stars Tupac Shakur and Christopher Wallace (aka Biggie Smalls, The Notorious BIG.), throwing up allegations of conspiracy, corruption and police complicity in the killings. With a sound unit strapped satchel-style across his chest, Broomfield comes across as a diligent scholar. Doggedly chasing his interview subjects, he's both relentless and meticulous in his approach, and for this he's rewarded with some fascinating, though sometimes questionable, testimonies. Broomfield's gaffes and preambles are included, as in his previous projects, but the assumed air of bumbling incompetence gives the film an inappropriate and unintentionally humorous touch, and weakens the power of his case. While his no-frills technique and faux naivety may have served him well in the past, with Biggie and Tupac, Broomfield has finally descended into the realm of self-parody.

Plot Summary

Documentary investigating the lives and violent deaths of US gangsta rap stars Tupac Shakur and Christopher Wallace, aka Biggie Smalls. Originally friends, the two became sworn enemies, only to both subsequently die of fatal gun shot wounds in separate events. Their murders remain unsolved, put down to the bitter rivalry that had grown up between them. However, evidence suggests that the blame may lay elsewhere.

Cast and crew


Marion "Suge" Knight
Marion "Suge" Knight
Voletta Wallace
Voletta Wallace
Russell Poole
Russell Poole
Nick Broomfield
Nick Broomfield


Nick Broomfield

Other Information

Theatrical distributor: 
Optimum Releasing
Contains swearing.
Available on video and DVD
Released 24 May 2002
Certificate 15