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8 Mile (2002)

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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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Curtis Hanson

Writer:

Scott Silver
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Eminem ... Jimmy 'B-Rabbit' Smith
Kim Basinger ... Stephanie Smith
Mekhi Phifer ... David 'Future' Porter
Brittany Murphy ... Alex
Evan Jones ... Cheddar Bob
Omar Benson Miller ... Sol George
De'Angelo Wilson ... DJ Iz
Eugene Byrd ... Wink
Taryn Manning ... Janeane
Larry Hudson Larry Hudson ... Bouncer
Proof ... Lil' Tic
Mike Bell Mike Bell ... Shorty Mike
DJ Head DJ Head ... Battle DJ
Michael Shannon ... Greg Buehl
Chloe Greenfield ... Lily Smith
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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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong language, sexuality, some violence and drug use | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | Germany

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 November 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Fight Song See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$41,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$51,240,555, 10 November 2002, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$116,724,075, 9 March 2003

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$242,875,078, 13 August 2012
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Color:

Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Eliza Dushku, Sarah Michelle Gellar, and Christina Ricci were considered for the role of Alex. Originally, Taryn Manning was going to play Alex, but ended up playing Janeane instead. See more »

Goofs

When Rabbit and his crew are driving through Detroit at night before they shoot the pintails, they pass a CVS Pharmacy. They were Arbor Drugs in 1995; CVS bought them out later. See more »

Quotes

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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The film, played on Australian television on 7mate, a HD channel, was classified MA15+ and said it contained "Frequent very coarse language, A sex scene and adult themes" according to the 7mate network. See more »

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Referenced in Spring (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

Lose Yourself
Music by Eminem (as M. Mathers), Jeff Bass (as J. Bass) & Luis Resto (as L. Resto)
Lyrics by Eminem
Produced by Eminem
Performed by Eminem
Courtesy of Aftermath Entertainment/Interscope Records
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So, rappers CAN be actors...?
28 November 2005 | by MissMillSee 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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