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8 Mile (2002)

R  |   |  Drama, Music  |  8 November 2002 (USA)
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A young rapper, struggling with every aspect of his life, wants to make the most of what could be his final opportunity but his problems around gives him doubts.



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Troubled young aspiring rapper must exert his last chances to become successful whil dealing with every part of his life heading down. He is now single, has only a few friends, an 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 lives 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 »


Drama | Music

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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:

$51,240,555 (USA) (8 November 2002)


$5,240,354 (Japan) (4 July 2003)

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2.35 : 1
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Eminem's character walks from a real trailer park a block off of 8 Mile to the real 8 Mile road, and boards a bus. 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 »


Jimmy Smith JrFuture: [DJ Iz is rambling on about the abandoned houses in Detroit]
[Jimmy and Future look at each other all confused]
Jimmy Smith JrFuture: What the hell is he talking about?
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Courtesy of Arista Records, Inc.
Under license from BMG Special Products, Inc.
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Excellent Drama
11 November 2002 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

I don't care for too many dramas, but "8 mile" was an excellent movie. Eminem was a better actor than I could have dreamed for him to be. He put on a great show, and kept me interested throughout the entire movie. Mekhi Phifer did an excellent job and is definitely a rising star in Hollywood. Brittany Murphy could have done a better job, but I didn't like her character development at all. It seems that she flip flops around so much that in the end you really don't know which side she truly plays. Kim Basinger did a good job. I don't watch too many of her movies. The last movie I saw of hers' was "Bless the Child" and that was a major let down.

As for the plot, don't go into the movie thinking that you're going to see the life of Eminem. This is not about Eminem's life. Eminem said it himself in an interview. Mekhi Phifer even said that he didn't want to do the movie because he thought it was about Eminem's life and that Hollywood was just trying to take advantage of a rising star, but this isn't the case. This is just as any other movie, but this is Eminem's acting debut. Even though there are certain things in the movie that relate to Eminem's life (ex. 8 Mile Road,) this is certainly NOT an autobiography.

If you go into "8 mile" expecting to see an action film with explosions and such then you're in for a let down. "8 Mile" is an amazing story about a white wannabe rapper trying to make it in the underground world of rapping. There isn't much action in this at all because it is a DRAMA, not an action. I hope you go see this movie if your in for a good story with some great characters!

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