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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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

The setting is Detroit in 1995. The city is divided by 8 Mile, a road that splits the town in half along racial lines. A young white rapper, Jimmy "B-Rabbit" Smith Jr. summons strength within himself to cross over these arbitrary boundaries to fulfill his dream of success in hip hop. With his pal Future and the three one third in place, all he has to do is not choke. Written by yusufpiskin

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Taglines:

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

Genres:

Drama | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

Future is based almost entirely on Eminem's best friend Proof, from hosting the battles to the story of how he got his name. Proof also plays Lil' Tic, the rapper B-Rabbit faces in the first battle. Proof manages to sneak his name as an acronym when he raps, "I'll (P)unish (R)abbit (O)r (O)bsolete (F)uture." See more »

Goofs

When they are all in B-Rabbit's car and they start shooting paintballs at various things, the hopper, which holds the paintballs, is missing from the top of the paintball gun. See more »

Quotes

Jimmy Smith Jr: [rapping] This guy raps like his parents jerked him. He sounds like Eric Sermon, the generic version.
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Crazy Credits

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

Alternate Versions

In the Syndicated Edited For TV Version all the curse word {fuck,shit,bitch,dyke,dick,pussy,} are all masked out but when they are rapping it is replaced with a record scratch and some scenes are altered. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Revenge: Pilot (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

This Is How We Do It
Written by Montell Jordan, Oji Pierce and Slick Rick (as Ricky Walters)
Performed by Montell Jordan
Courtesy of Rush Associated Labels Recordings
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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this is a movie you can really 'lose yourself' in.
10 November 2002 | by haydenisticparadiseSee all my reviews

This movie was amazing! I was pleasantly surprised! I wasn't an Eminem fan going into the movie but I'm certainly one now. Seeing how different things are on the 'other side of the tracks' was a big eye opener for me. I loved the script, the actors, the music - basically I loved everything all the way down to the lighting. It's got everything for everyone in it! Comedy, drama, action, fighting, guns, drugs, sex, and of course - Bunny Rabbit. I loved the movie. I laughed so hard I cried at times and then I just flat out cried at others. I would HIGHLY recommend it to everyone whether they are an Eminem fan or not. Do be careful trying to get into it though. We had to go to four different movie theaters before my 16-year-old friend could get in. They're checking I.D.'s on this one BIG time. Anyway - go see the movie! You'll love it! I swear on my grave it's the best movie that I've seen in a long time!


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Language:

English

Release Date:

8 November 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$41,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$51,240,555, 10 November 2002

Gross USA:

$116,750,901

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$242,875,078
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2.39 : 1
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