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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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Every moment is another chance. 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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Fight Music  »

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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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Proof, the inspiration for the character Future, was sought by producers to play that role in the film. However, Proof failed to show up for the audition and director Curtis Hanson decided that he wanted a more experienced actor to play Future. Proof was then cast in the smaller role of Lil' Tic. See more »

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When B-Rabbit and Alex are having sex in the factory, they separate for a few seconds and someone appears to run past in the background. That's actually Alex's arm moving. See more »

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Future: I had a lotta names, baby - The most jealous names. I used to be called Maximum, Brimstone, Godfather D - None of 'em worked, you-know-what-Ima-sayin'? 'Til one day someone said I was the future of hip-hop in Detroit. And that was it.
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The final credit reads, "Filmed on location in the 313" See more »

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Featured in The Making of '8 Mile' (2003) See more »

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Players Ball
Written by André Benjamin, Big Boi (as Antwan Patton), Sleepy Brown (as Patrick Brown), Raymon Murray and Rico Wade
Performed by Outkast
Courtesy of Arista Records, Inc.
Under license from BMG Special Products, Inc.
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8 Mile will have potent impact on America's youth.
10 November 2002 | by (Frankfort, Kentucky (USA)) – See all my reviews

It is rare that an established filmmaker and production company create something that young people are able to grasp the complete meaning of. Intellectual jargon or unnecessary vagueness of plot often take precedence over lucidity and appeal.

Eminem's "8 Mile" has managed to break this cycle, presenting in poignant audio/video style the nature of the life so many of our nation's youth live, and how despite it all there always remains the possibility to break through.

The film's meaning is largely overt, not subtle, and makes itself available to a much wider variety of viewers than most films with any sort of dramatic moral. Just look at the box office reports for "8 Mile"s opening weekend.

I won't attempt to speculate on the effect the film will have among our youth, but I personally believe it will be positive in nature. It will be impossible for this film to become as transient as an action blockbuster or as esoteric as a cult classic. It's depth and range of appeal are simply unparalleled in our time.


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