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8 Mile (2002)

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A young rapper, struggling with every aspect of his life, wants to make it big but his friends and foes make this odyssey of rap harder than it may seem.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Larry Hudson ...
Lil' Tic
Mike Bell ...
Shorty Mike
DJ Head ...
Battle DJ


This is the inspiring captivating story of a youg rapper. The troubled young aspiring rapper from a ghetto in Michigan must exert his last chances to become successful while dealing with his life in ruins. All is seemingly lost. He is now single, has only a few friends, an insane/alcoholic mother, and is dealt with poverty and living in a violent city on 8 mile. His only way out of the ghetto and torturous life he's living in is with his talent in rapping. Will B-Rabbit prevail and seize the shot he's given or will he let it slip? Written by ojmessier23

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Lose Yourself In the Music See more »


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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong language, sexuality, some violence and drug use | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

8 November 2002 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Fight Music  »


Box Office


$41,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$51,240,555, 10 November 2002, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$116,724,075, 9 March 2003

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$242,875,078, 13 August 2012
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


8 Mile (2002) was originally considered to have an unofficial follow-up movie, titled Southpaw (2015) with Eminem reprising his role, now as a down-on-his-luck lightweight left-handed boxer trying to regain custody of his daughter. The script eventually evolved and that idea was scrapped. However, the film was eventually made and was released in 2015, with Jake Gyllenhaal starring in the lead role with Eminem producing the soundtrack. See more »


When B-Rabbit is using Sol's paintball gun, he fires it at the police cruiser's window, but the paint splatter comes from the opposite direction. See more »


Cheddar Bob: [Shoots gun] Yeah! Wanna fuck with us, huh? Fuck with us, yeah!
B. Rabbit: Cheddar, what the fuck are you doing? Where did you get that shit?
Cheddar Bob: It's my mom's.
B. Rabbit: Put that shit away before you kill someone!
Cheddar Bob: Papa Doc had one!
B. Rabbit: Put it away!
Future: Put that down, man.
Cheddar Bob: Okay. Alright.
[Shoots himself in the leg]
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Crazy Credits

The final credit reads, "Filmed on location in the 313" See more »


Referenced in Andy Barker, P.I.: Pilot (2007) See more »


I'll Be There For You
(Puff Daddy Remix)
Written by Nick Ashford (as Nickolas Ashford), Valerie Simpson, Method Man (as Clifford Smith) and RZA (as Robert Diggs Jr.)
Performed by Method Man featuring Mary J. Blige
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp.
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
Courtesy of Def Jam Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Powerful silences
11 November 2002 | by See all my reviews

Those who are saying `8 Mile' shows a vanilla-ed Eminem may have a point: this movie introduces him to a non-rap audience just as `Wild Style' introduced us to hip-hop. But those who say Eminem is sanitized here for mall viewing have an odd notion of language. Perhaps his CD's contain more inflammatory material than is aired in this movie, but what gets said here is most definitely not for any suburban grandmothers who aren't stone deaf.

It's surprising - admirable, really - how well Curtis Hansen and his crew keep track of the plot from scene to scene when not much of it seems to matter other than Rabbit's problems with his mother, Stephanie Smith -- Kim Basinger. Bassinger is a blue ribbon southern white trash trailor park mom. You can't help feeling that with minor tweaking she could be the mother of a Grosse Pointe prep school boy, a lady whose problem was overspending instead of imminent eviction from a stinky trailor. Bassinger makes trashiness look attractive, just as she made movie star decay attractive when Hansen directed her in `L.A. Confidential' six years ago. Rabbit's problems with girlfriends aren't significant, though he has two of them, an ex and a new one. Both are delicious but primed for rejection. Rabbit's closest relationships are with his emcee pal `Future' (played by an utterly charming and huggable Mikhi Pfifer) and his slightly retarded token white homie, Cheddar Bob (Evan Jones).

But his closest relationship of all is with himself, as is clear from the first scene, where Eminem is doing rap gestures in the competition shed men's room, looking in the mirror, hearing his music in his head --and this is fine, because it's what a young man has to do: get on friendly working terms with who he is. The movie is about his going off to be on his own and give up his rowdy playmates to become a winner, and he walks off by himself in the final scene. The comparison with Shakespeare's Henry IV isn't out of place. The Shakespearean parallel was used explicitly for Keanu Reeves' character in `My Own Private Idaho' but the theme is really more central here. Eminem isn't a cold personality like Keanu Reeves in Van Sant's movie. He is close to his mates and they're always touching hands and gently hugging each other. The hands and the hugs are one of the main images that stay with you after seeing `8 Mile.'

Eminem as shown in `8 Mile' isn't totally motivated by his anger at all. His anger is very contained. He seems able to turn it on and off at will and release it only when he needs it -- to trounce rap competition or throw out his mom's sleazy boyfriend. It's his ability to control his anger that makes both Rabbit and Eminem winners.

Eminem does have an authenticity about him that makes for a strong presence on screen. Paradoxically he projects a powerful inwardness, so that his turning away from everybody makes his face jump out at us. His effect is of authenticity, because he doesn't put on a reaction to please the audience or suit the scene, but he is always there, moving with the scene and in fact creating it.

`8 Mile' isn't just a vehicle for Eminem. It's too well made a movie to be that. But without Eminem `8 Mile' wouldn't exist. The only importance of the rapping contests emceed by `Future' is that first Rabbit shies away from them, and then he enters them and wins them. You have to wonder how the rapper/actors feel who are in the movie only to be put down by Eminem.

`8 Mile' cannot escape from the limitations of the fictionalized star biopic. There have been dozens of movies about emerging music stars and their families, their early sponsors, their first big breaks, and so on, many of them with more range and specificity of detail than this one. This movie only takes its hero to the moment when he walks away, having shown that he can be a star. The whole focus is on his personality, and in particular his stillness. The most important moments are those when Rabbit/Eminem stands with mike in hand, silent, waiting for inspiration to strike. Even when he choses not to compete and hands the mike back, this moment is full of power. In this movie Eminem carries the expression of sheer imminence, raw potential, to a new level of clarity and confidence.

This rapper is good just standing there.

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