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8 Mile
Eminem and Evan Jones




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Controversial rapper Eminem (real name Marshall Mathers) makes his big screen debut with 8 MILE, a bracing drama directed by the increasingly audacious Curtis Hanson. Set in 1995 in the bleak, urban battle zone of Detroit, the film follows the struggles of a young man who is desperate to make a better life for himself. Jimmy Smith, Jr., better known as Rabbit, is destined for a life of squalor. Living in a cramped trailer with his deadbeat mom (Kim Basinger), Rabbit works in a factory to make ends meet. His only outlet is hip-hop. Possessing a talent for freestyle rapping, Rabbit still hasn't managed to unleash his true potential. But his best friend, Future (Mekhi Phifer), is determined to make that happen. Future forces Rabbit to enter a freestyle battle that he blew the week before, giving him another chance at redemption. Hanson's stellar portrait of lower-class urban disillusionment, shot with uncompromisingly gritty realism by Rodrigo Prieto, proves that the issue is no longer about race, it's about money. Eminem delivers a bold performance as the troubled youngster who is still trying to find his place in a harsh, cruel world.

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Overview

Controversial rapper Eminem (real name Marshall Mathers) makes his big screen debut with 8 MILE, a bracing drama directed by the increasingly audacious Curtis Hanson. Set in 1995 in the bleak, urban battle zone of Detroit, the film follows the struggles of a young man who is desperate to make a better life for himself. Jimmy Smith, Jr., better known as Rabbit, is destined for a life of squalor. Living in a cramped trailer with his deadbeat mom (Kim Basinger), Rabbit works in a factory to make ends meet. His only outlet is hip-hop. Possessing a talent for freestyle rapping, Rabbit still hasn't managed to unleash his true potential. But his best friend, Future (Mekhi Phifer), is determined to make that happen. Future forces Rabbit to enter a freestyle battle that he blew the week before, giving him another chance at redemption. Hanson's stellar portrait of lower-class urban disillusionment, shot with uncompromisingly gritty realism by Rodrigo Prieto, proves that the issue is no longer about race, it's about money. Eminem delivers a bold performance as the troubled youngster who is still trying to find his place in a harsh, cruel world.

Awards:
2002 - Academy Awards - Best Original Song Winner

Main Cast & Crew

Curtis Hanson - Director
Eminem
Kim Basinger
Brittany Murphy
Mekhi Phifer
Omar Benson Miller
Eugene Byrd
Taryn Manning
Xzibit
Evan Jones
De'Angelo Wilson

 

Details

DVD Format
  • Format: DVD (Widescreen Uncensored)
  • Run Time: 111
  • Color Format: Color
  • UPC: 025192198120
  • Genre: Drama
  • Rating: R (MPAA) (strong language, sexuality, some violence, and drug use)
  • Release Date: March 2003

Related Categories:
Movies > Dramas
Movies > Pop Music

Related Keywords:
Rap Music
Self-Discovery
Theatrical Release
Gangsters
Music
Rap Artists
Essential Cinema

 

Movie Reviews

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Theatrical release: November 8, 2002

Reviews:
"...Eminem projects the downbeat sex appeal and scurrilous, dead-eyed yearning of a rap-world James Dean....It's a movie of catchy rebel-underdog power..." - 09/27/2002 Entertainment Weekly, p.49-54


"...Eminem shows real screen presence....8 MILE hits hard and provocatively close to home..." - 10/19/2002 Rolling Stone, p.113


"...Eminem possesses a furtive instinct as a performer..." - 11/01/2002 Box Office, p.122


"...8 MILE qualifies as a cinematic event by tapping into the roots of Eminem and the fury and feeling that inform his rap....Eminem wins by a knockout..." - 11/28/2002 Rolling Stone, p.97-8


"...The movie is a success on its own terms because the director doesn't condescend to pop music..." - 11/08/2002 New York Times, p.E1


"...The rap sequences are shot and edited with the excitement of a crisply broadcast sporting event..." - 11/08/2002 USA Today, p.7E


"...Eminem is magnetic playing a version of himself....Basinger is entirely credible..." - 11/04/2003 Variety, p.27-32


"...An illuminating addition to that hall-of-funhouse-mirrors that is Eminem's persona..." - 02/01/2003 Sight and Sound, p.36-42

 

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