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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Every Moment is a Chance to Turn it Around. See more »

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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) (8 November 2002)

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$116,724,075 (USA) (7 March 2003)
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8 Mile (2002) was originally considered to have an unofficial follow-up movie, titled "Southpaw," 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 »

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In the Rap Battle, Future calls Lotto and Lyckety-Splyt by their real-life rap aliases, "Ox" (Nashawn 'Ox' Breedlove) and "Strike", instead of their characters' names. See more »

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DJ Iz: That's why brothers need to sign themselves a deal. I'm telling you record labels supply niggas with the kind of benefits they need.
Sol: Dawg, we sign us a deal you can take the motherfucking benefits. We're talking Bentley's and Benjamins, not Blue Cross and Blue Shield.
Future: Look to tell you all niggas the truth, I don't give a fuck about none of that. I just wanna hit 31 and a 3rd on the box you know what I'm saying? One of them strong songs on JLB.
DJ Iz: No, what we need to do is save that shit up and put...
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The final credit reads, "Filmed on location in the 313" See more »

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Written by Ghostface Killah (as Dennis Coles), RZA (as Robert Diggs Jr.), The GZA (as Gary Grice), U-God (as Lemont Hawkins), Isaac Hayes, Inspectah Deck (as Jason Hunter), Ol' Dirty Bastard (as Russell Jones), David Porter, Method Man (as Clifford Smith) and Raekwon (as Corey Woods)
Performed by Wu-Tang Clan
Courtesy of The RCA Records Label, A Unit of BMG Music
Under license from BMG Special Products
Contains samples of "As Long As I've Got You"
Performed by Charmels
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp.
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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So, rappers CAN be actors...?
28 November 2005 | by (Denmark) – See all my reviews

I was afraid of this movie. For a long time I feared that one day, Eminem WOULD make a movie - and that movie would suck!!!!

Along it came, and you know what? It didn't suck. Man, was I relieved.

I have never been able to put a finger on Mr. Mathers' rapping skills, I think his technique is amazing. His rhymes are sharp and intelligent and he always performs them with pure justification. But could he take this to the big screen? He succeeded. In his debut movie he managed to play it real and natural. He had good on screen chemistry with pretty much all the characters, but especially with Brittany Murphy (Uh, gotta love that sex scene... That was hot.)

The final battles in the movie, are the absolute climax. If you ever had any doubts about Eminmems talents - one way or the other - you definitely know his worth now!

  • Some might say that it must be easy to play yourself, and it's not a


secret that this movie is somewhat autobiographic. But it sure takes guts to put yourself out there like that, well done.

So 8/10


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