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8 Mile (2002)

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

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Drama | Music

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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)

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$635,354 (Japan) (30 May 2003)

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

Curtis Hanson asked Eminem to dye his hair back to his natural colour so that the audience would relate him to as Jimmy Rabbit, instead of his Eminem persona. See more »

Goofs

During the fight in the trailer, a rail on the kitchen counter gets broken. It is fixed a few minutes later. See more »

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Manny: [after Jimmy and Janeane's fight] What was all that about, Smith?
Jimmy Smith Jr: I'm sorry Manny, it wasn't my... It won't happen again.
Manny: Good. Don't be bringing that shit around here. Now get back to work.
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The final credit reads, "Filmed on location in the 313" See more »

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C.R.E.A.M.
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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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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