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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.

Director:

Curtis Hanson

Writer:

Scott Silver
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Won 1 Oscar. Another 14 wins & 21 nominations. See more awards »

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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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Storyline

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.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Look, What if You Had One Chance to Seize Everything You Ever Wanted? Would You Capture it? Or Would You Let it Slip? [full trailer] See more »

Genres:

Drama | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Country:

USA | Germany

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 November 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Fight Music 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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DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

8 Mile (2002) was originally considered to have an unofficial follow-up movie, titled Southpaw (2015) 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 »

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

Alex: So, I hear you're a real dope rapper.
Jimmy Smith Jr: A "dope rapper?"
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Crazy Credits

The final credit reads, "Filmed on location in the 313" See more »

Connections

Referenced in Drillbit Taylor (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

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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8 Mile will have potent impact on America's youth.
10 November 2002 | by malikonaSee 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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