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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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Lose Yourself In the Music 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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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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2.35 : 1
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Anthony Mackie and Michael Shannon also worked together on The Night Before (2015). See more »

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Detroit's casinos were built in 1999, 4 years after the movie's setting. See more »

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B. Rabbit: Hey Sol, do you ever wonder at what point you just got to say fuck it man? Like when you gotta stop living up here, and start living down here?
Sol: It's 7.30 in the morning dawg.
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Last Dayz
Written by Sticky Fingaz (as Kirk Jones), Earl Klugh, Sonee Seeza (as Tyrone Taylor), Fredro Starr (as Fred Scruggs)
Performed by Onyx
Courtesy of The Island Def Jam Music Group
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
Contains samples from "Love Lips"
Performed by Earl Klugh and Bob James
Courtesy of Tappan Zee Records
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Excellent Drama
11 November 2002 | by Showtime840See all my reviews

I don't care for too many dramas, but "8 mile" was an excellent movie. Eminem was a better actor than I could have dreamed for him to be. He put on a great show, and kept me interested throughout the entire movie. Mekhi Phifer did an excellent job and is definitely a rising star in Hollywood. Brittany Murphy could have done a better job, but I didn't like her character development at all. It seems that she flip flops around so much that in the end you really don't know which side she truly plays. Kim Basinger did a good job. I don't watch too many of her movies. The last movie I saw of hers' was "Bless the Child" and that was a major let down.

As for the plot, don't go into the movie thinking that you're going to see the life of Eminem. This is not about Eminem's life. Eminem said it himself in an interview. Mekhi Phifer even said that he didn't want to do the movie because he thought it was about Eminem's life and that Hollywood was just trying to take advantage of a rising star, but this isn't the case. This is just as any other movie, but this is Eminem's acting debut. Even though there are certain things in the movie that relate to Eminem's life (ex. 8 Mile Road,) this is certainly NOT an autobiography.

If you go into "8 mile" expecting to see an action film with explosions and such then you're in for a let down. "8 Mile" is an amazing story about a white wannabe rapper trying to make it in the underground world of rapping. There isn't much action in this at all because it is a DRAMA, not an action. I hope you go see this movie if your in for a good story with some great characters!


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