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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

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If the streets had a voice, this would be the story they'd tell. 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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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Ali Miyzaan, an extra, was shot outside a Detroit theater on the film's opening night. See more »


When B-Rabbit goes to his mother's trailer for the first time, he is in street shoes. When he takes Lily into the trailer, he is in boots. See more »


Jimmy Smith Jr: If something needs to happen with this shit, it needs to happen now.
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Crazy Credits

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


Referenced in Hasan Minhaj: Homecoming King (2017) See more »


Next Level
(Nyte Time Mix)
Written by Rodney Lemay and Andre Barnes
Performed by Showbiz & AG
Courtesy of The Island Def Jam Music Group
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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A Quality Piece of Hard-Hitting Naturalism
9 November 2002 | by See all my reviews

8 Mile probably isn't what you expect. Given the cast and premise, you probably expect one of two things, either a silly excuse for self-aggrandizement or an overblown caricature of hip-hop culture. You don't get either. What you get is a brave film that is surprisingly culturally and intellectually rigorous and an aggressive film that is so emotionally intense that it seems to sometimes tear itself apart.

The plot is not a biography of Martial Mathers, a.k.a. Eminem, but it is very much informed and guided by the experiences of his early career as a rapper in blue-collar and no-collar Detroit. Eminem gives a compelled, powerful performance that diverges just enough from his public self to inject the story with a strong sense of realism without sacrificing anything artistically. The supporting cast also makes fine use of their considerable talents, carving the Detroit of this film out of the world itself, not out of fiction. Even as they help communicate a hard, unforgiving time and place, they also give rise to deep and profound sympathies that don't come around in every film.

The naturalistic presentation doesn't stop there; most of the film is shot on location in Detroit, and the gritty, sometimes almost frenzied design and cinematography firmly establish that this is not just another Hollywood movie. This is a movie that goes places movies don't generally go where, for good or for ill, many people do live every day. For one, 8 Mile might have the most believable, most powerful representation of an automobile factory of any film in the last twenty years, and it still manages to use the location for sophisticated, plot driving drama. Good stuff.

Of course, the film has its flaws. It's very heavy and bleak, at times it skirts the boundary of cliche a little bit, and the villains, a rival rap group known as the "Free World," are a little over the top, but, time and again, the solid acting and daunting camerawork keep coming back to seize the eye and command attention.

Oh, and, in case you were wondering, there is rapping, and plenty of it. The rapping is really top-quality, cutting edge stuff, for the most part, and it is integrated into the script so well that it is always clear that the characters choose to rap, not that the script forces them to do so. The rapping happens because it must happen to these characters at this time, not because Eminem is a rapper. In an industry where pop music movies are a dime a dozen, this is particularly impressive. This film says something about rap and the human experience that hasn't been articulated this well many times before; it bridges the gap between rap and poetry in a big way, and makes that gap look a lot smaller.

All in all, the thing that really defines 8 Mile is how committed to this idea the cast and crew must have been in order to make this film. Every minute and every second, the cast's intensity never gives up, and the camera never sleeps. The film is detailed, finely crafted, and has a pounding heart the size of a boxcar. If you don't mind the obscenity and violence (and there is a bunch), I'd definitely say this is a movie worth seeing.

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