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8 Mile (2002)

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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This is the inspiring captivating story of the legendary rapper Eminem. 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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Rated R for strong language, sexuality, some violence and drug use | See all certifications »

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8 November 2002 (USA)  »

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$41,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$51,240,555 (USA) (10 November 2002)

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$116,724,075 (USA) (9 March 2003)
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Ali Miyzaan, an extra, was shot outside a Detroit theater on the film's opening night. See more »

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When they are all in B-Rabbit's car and they start shooting paintballs at various things, the hopper, which holds the paintballs, is missing from the top of the paintball gun. See more »

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Female Lunch Truck Rapper: [Rapping] Man I'm so sick and tired of fucking with this steel. They only give us 30 minutes to eat lunch and chill. My body achin just to get a buck. I'm sick of eating this shit off this fucking lunch truck. Nasty ass food. I'm in a nasty ass mood. I should've called in sick. Shit, I had something to do.
Male Lunch Truck Rapper: [Rapping] I can't believe I'm hearing all this ravin and rantin. From Vanessa up in here at the New Detroit stampin. You need to get your food and take your ass back to work. Your dreamin if ...
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The final credit reads, "Filmed on location in the 313" See more »

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References Imitation of Life (1959) See more »

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Feel Me Flow
Written by Vin Rock (as Vincent Brown), Anthony 'Treach' Criss (as Anthony Criss), DJ Kay Gee (as Keir Gist), Joseph Modeliste, Art Neville (as Arthur Neville), Cyril Neville, Leo Nocentelli and George Porter
Performed by Naughty By Nature
Courtesy of Rhino Entertainment Company
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
Naughty By Nature Sampled "Find Yourself"
Written by Joseph Modeliste(as Joseph Modeliste, Jr.), George Porter (as George Joseph Porter, Jr.), Art Neville(as Arthur Lanon Neville) and Leo Nocentelli
Performed by The Meters
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Director Curtis Hanson's best film. That's right his best!!!
9 November 2002 | by (muncie, IN) – See all my reviews

When I first heard that Curtis Hanson, the director of LA CONFIDENTIAL, was set to direct a movie semi-based around the life of white rapper Eminem my first reaction was what? That's weird! I didn't think it was bad but it just seemed very strange and like the last thing Hanson would get his big foot stuck in. I'm not a big fan of rap anymore but I was growing up. However, I do like Eminem. Love him or hate him his talent is evident. In my lifetime I believe that I have seen three great talents in rap and they are Tupac, Biggie and Eminem. Still, I couldn't believe that a director of Hanson's caliber would direct an Eminem movie. I couldn't but now I can. 8 MILE is kind of like ROCKY with freestyle battles instead of boxing. It's an underdog story. I thought from the trailer that I would know somewhat how the film would play out but I was wrong. I didn't. The film really avoids pretension and cliché. Hanson effectively guides us through Detroit's rap underground, a place that's a foreign land too most.

Now, I don't expect everyone to love 8 MILE, but I think there are a lot of people out there who'd be surprised if they give the film a shot. I know there's a lot of anti-Eminem people out there and rightly so. I can see why you would hate the man but I don't. However, love him or hate him he delivers a heart felt performance here. The story, like I said above, is an underdog story. The relationship between Rabbit (Eminem) and his little sister gives a perfect balance to his wild nightlife, his crappy day job and his constant battles with his mom (Kim Basinger) and her boyfriend.

As I finish up here I'll say that 8 MILE isn't the best film of all time but it is very, very good. I was entertained throughout the entire film. It IS one of the best films I've see this year and that is a major accomplishment in a year that I consider to have many great films (see SIGNS, THE FOUR FEATHERS, and ROAD TO PERDITION). Well, I gotta go cause `I've been at this plant so long I'm a plant. Look at my boots their startin' to grow roots!' See the movie, you'll get it.


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