8 Mile

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Overview

Controversial rap star Eminem makes his acting debut in this hard-edged urban drama, inspired in part by incidents from the musician's own life. Jimmy Smith Eminem, known to his friends as Rabbit, is a young man trying to make his way out of the burned-out shell of inner-city Detroit. Rabbit's entire life has been a hard climb, and it certainly hasn't gotten any easier lately; Rabbit has just been dumped by his girlfriend, forcing him to move back in with his emotionally unstable mother, Stephanie Kim Basinger, ...
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Overview

Controversial rap star Eminem makes his acting debut in this hard-edged urban drama, inspired in part by incidents from the musician's own life. Jimmy Smith Eminem, known to his friends as Rabbit, is a young man trying to make his way out of the burned-out shell of inner-city Detroit. Rabbit's entire life has been a hard climb, and it certainly hasn't gotten any easier lately; Rabbit has just been dumped by his girlfriend, forcing him to move back in with his emotionally unstable mother, Stephanie Kim Basinger, and he's getting along especially poorly with Stephanie's new boyfriend. Rabbit has a factory job that's tough, demeaning, and doesn't pay especially well, and he's convinced his skills as a rapper are his only real hope at a better life. Rabbit makes music with a crew of DJ's and MC's who call themselves Three One Third, among them his close friend Future Mekhi Phifer, but his status as a white kid making music in a predominantly African-American community and culture is extremely intimidating, and after Rabbit freezes up in the midst of an MC battle, he's convinced he's missed his chance and that he's doomed to lead a marginal life as a factory rat for the rest of his days. With the help of his friends, and his new girlfriend Alex Brittany Murphy, Rabbit struggles to work up the courage and the confidence to take one more shot at making his dream a reality. 8 Mile was shot on location in Detroit; the name refers to 8 Mile Road, a thoroughfare along the city's perimeter which effectively separates the middle-class suburban neighborhoods from the lower-class inner-city.
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Special Features

The making of 8 Mile; Exclusive rap battles; "Superman" music video
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Gregory Baird
Music superstar Eminem proves that rapping is both an art and a weapon in this sharp, powerful drama directed by Curtis Hanson L.A. Confidential. Eminem portrays Rabbit, a young white man living in a trailer park in 1990s Detroit who hopes to rap his way out of his grim existence as a factory worker. In this bleak urban landscape where the skies are always gray, rap is more than just a ticket to fame and fortune: Verbal sparring is woven into the very fabric of daily life. Rap permeates 8 Mile, both as a form of combat and as a spontaneous expression of inner struggles, personal conflicts, and social consciousness. Rabbit's best friend Mekhi Phifer emcees rap "battles" at a local club, and these hip-hop showdowns have as much in common with boxing as they do with music. As the sole white man in the competition, Rabbit has yet another strike against him. These scenes are completely riveting, and credit goes both to Hanson's kinetic direction and to Eminem's formidable rhyming talents. The latter holds his own as an actor, too, helped perhaps by the similarity between Rabbit's story and his own path to stardom from the Detroit hip-hop scene. It’s a low-key performance that treads a fine line between anger and vulnerability as Rabbit clashes with his deadbeat mom Kim Basinger and woos an aspiring model Brittany Murphy. The basic story of 8 Mile -- an underdog trying to rise above his sorry lot in life -- is nothing new, but the music and authenticity of the milieu give the film an invigorating freshness. You don't have to be a rap fan to love 8 Mile: It's Rocky for a whole new generation.
All Movie Guide - Michael Hastings
The hip-hop generation gets its Saturday Night Fever with 8 Mile, director Curtis Hanson's searing, grimy look at the world of freestyle rap in mid-'90s Detroit and its most notorious progeny, Eminem -- or, more specifically, a rapper nicknamed Rabbit who happens to bear an uncanny similarity to the controversial superstar. The film seems tailor-made to deflect criticism of the media-hungry artist: The man otherwise known as Marshall Mathers is portrayed as a hard worker, doting big brother, and even friend to ostracized gay co-workers. And yet 8 Mile is no puff piece. Eminem's character is also hotheaded, insular, and, with his gray skull cap and headphones perpetually glued to his head, more than a little nerdy. Hanson and writer Scott Silver have managed to create such a vivid milieu, time period, and bank of supporting characters, a first-time actor can't help but succeed, and Eminem acquits himself well -- there isn't a moment when he's grandstanding or playing to the camera. Predictably, the women who orbit Rabbit's life -- including a defiantly cast but strangely appropriate Kim Basinger and an irresistibly tarty Brittany Murphy -- don't fare as well in the scheme of the plot, but they're at least understandably, three-dimensionally pathetic and/or two-timing. Tying it all together are the thrilling, incendiary freestyle scenes, which dovetail perfectly with the drama and underline the pitch-black insult humor that provides the burgeoning rapper -- and seemingly, just about everyone else in Detroit -- with his only real release. After its world premiere at the 2002 Toronto Film Festival, 8 Mile broke box-office records in the US when it garnered the second-largest opening ever for a drama.
Entertainment Weekly
Gritty and electrifying. Owen Gleiberman
New York Times
The movie is a success on its own terms because the director doesn't condescend to pop music. Elvis Mitchell
Los Angeles Times
A fascinating, surprisingly entertaining stand-off that has adroitly managed to satisfy both of its constituencies, allowing all sides to legitimately claim victory. Kenneth Turan
Hollywood Reporter
Writer Scott Silver and director Curtis Hanson dig deep into the subculture to deliver a terrific movie. Kirk Honeycutt
New York Observer
I have to go back to James Dean in Elia Kazan's East of Eden and Nicholas Ray's Rebel Without a Cause in 1955 to find a comparably jolting piece of male aggressiveness coupled with bottled-up vulnerability. Andrew Sarris

Gritty and electrifying. Owen Gleiberman
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/10/2012
  • UPC: 025192128530
  • Original Release: 2002
  • Rating:

  • Source: Universal Studios
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Bonus DVD / Slip Sleeve
  • Time: 1:51:00
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 7,218

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Eminem Jimmy Smith, Jr., AKA Rabbit
Kim Basinger Stephanie Smith
Brittany Murphy Alex
Mekhi Phifer Future
Evan Jones Cheddar Bob
Omar Benson Miller Sol George
Eugene Byrd Wink
De'Angelo Wilson DJ Iz
Anthony Mackie Papa Doc
Taryn Manning Janeane
Michael Shannon Greg Buehl
Chloe Greenfield Lily
Craig Chandler Paul
Paul Bates Manny
Jennifer Kitchen
Brandon T. Jackson Club Patron
Proof
Technical Credits
Curtis Hanson Director, Producer
Jeff Bass Songwriter
Thomas Betts Set Decoration/Design
Mark Bridges Costumes/Costume Designer
Eminem Score Composer
Carol Fenelon Executive Producer
Mali Finn Casting
Gregory Goodman Executive Producer
Brian Grazer Producer
Eric Heffron Asst. Director
Jimmy Iovine Producer
Kevin Kavanaugh Art Director
Craig Kitson Editor
Kristen Toscano Messina Set Decoration/Design
Philip Messina Production Designer
Danny Michael Sound/Sound Designer
Harry E. Otto Set Decoration/Design
Stuart Parr Co-producer
Paul Rosenberg Executive Producer
Rodrigo Prieto Cinematographer
Jay Rabinowitz Editor
Luis Resto Songwriter
Scott Silver Screenwriter
James Whitaker Executive Producer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- 8 Mile
1. Preparing for Battle (Main Titles) [:46]
2. The Shelter [2:11]
3. 8 Mile Road [:14]
4. The Franchise [1:57]
5. Sweet Home Alabama [:09]
6. Saturday Night in the D [:26]
7. The Chin Tiki [:56]
8. Alex [:51]
9. Burn it Down [2:34]
10. I Got Your Back [4:43]
11. The Lunchtruck [2:11]
12. This Ain't My Home [1:15]
13. Eviction Situation [1:33]
14. Domestic Disturbance [3:37]
15. WJLB (313 Baby, Love) [:01]
16. Papa Doc Payback [2:01]
17. The Cripple Convention [1:38]
18. Rabbit Finds His Voice [:10]
19. Final Face-Off [:13]
20. Where We Goin' [:33]
21. Lose Yourself (End Titles) [1:15]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- 8 Mile
   Scenes
   Bonus Materials
      The Making of 8 Mile
      Exclusive Rap Battles
      The Music of 8 Mile
         Music from and Inspired by the Motion Picture 8 Mile
         More Music from 8 Mile
            Shook Ones, Part II - Mobb Deep
            Juicy - Notorious B.I.G.
            Gotta Get Mine - Mc Breed with 2 Pac
            Feel Me Flow - Naughty by Nature
            Player's Ball - Outkast
            Get Money - Jr. Mafia
            You're All I Need - Method Man/Mary J. Blige
            Shimmy Shimmy Ya - Ol' Dirty Bastard
            Bring Da Pain - Method Man
            C.R.E.A.M. - Wu Tang Clan
            Runnin - Pharcyde
            Survival of the Fittest - Mobb Deep
            Shook Ones, Part II - Mobb Deep
         Music Highlights
            Shook Ones, Part II - Mobb Deep
            Unbelievable - The Notorious B.I.G.
            Papa Doc's Rap (Performed by Anthony Mackie to Survival of the Fittest by Mobb Deep)
            Lil Tic's Rap (Performed by Proof to Times Up by O.C.)
            8 Mile - Eminem
            Sweet Home Alabama - Lynard Skynyrd (Performed by Eminem and Mekhi Phifer)
            Juicy - The Notorious B.I.G.
            Gotta Get Mine - MC Breed featuring 2Pac
            Insane in the Brain - Cypress Hill
            Parking Lot Rap (Performed by Eminem & Company)
            This is How We Do It - Montell Jordan
            Feel Me Flow - Naughty by Nature
            Players Ball - Outkast
            Get Money - Junior M.A.F.I.A.
            I'll Be There for You (Puff Daddy Remix) - Mathod Man featuring Mary J. Blige
            Shimmy Shimmy Ya - Ol' Dirty Bastard
            Bring the Pain - Method Man
            Lunchtruck Rap (Performed by Eminem & Company)
            Lose Yourself - Eminem
            Runnin' - The Pharcyde
            Gang Stories - South Central Cartel
            Who Shot Ya - The Notorious B.I.G.
            Cheddar Bob Rap - Eminem (In Background: C.R.E.A.M. by Wu Tang Clan)
            Survival of the Fittest - Mobb Deep
            Lykety Splyt Battles Jimmy (Performed by Strike to Next Level (Nyte Time Mix) by Show Biz & AG)
            Jimmy Battles Lykety Splyt (Performed by Eminem to Next Level (Night Tyme Mix) by Show Biz & AG)
            Temptations - 2Pac
            Lotto Battles Jimmy (Performed by Nashawn "Ox" Breedlove to Last Dayz by Onyx)
            Jimmy Battles Lotto (Performed by Eminem to Last Dayz by Onyx)
            Players Anthem - Junior M.A.F.I.A.
            Jimmy Battles Papa Doc (Performed by Eminem to Shook Ones, Part II by Mobb Deep)
            Lose Yourself - Eminem
      "Superman" Music Video
      Theatrical Trailer
      Production Notes
      Cast and Filmmakers
         Eminem as Jimmy Smith Jr.
         Kim Basinger as Stephanie Smith
         Brittany Murphy as Alex
         Mekhi Phifer as Future
         Omar Benson Miller as Sol George
         Evan Jones as Cheddar Bob
         Eugene Byrd as Wink
         De'Angelo Wilson as DJ Iz
         Production Design by Philip Messina
         Director of Photography - Rodrigo Prieto ASC
         Executive Produced by Carol Fenelon
         Executive Produced by James Whitaker
         Executive Produced by Gregory Goodman
         Executive Produced by Paul Rosenberg
         Produced by Brian Grazer
         Produced by Curtis Hanson
         Produced by Jimmy Iovine
         Written by Scott Silver
         Directed by Curtis Hanson
      Recommendations
      DVD-ROM Features
   Languages
      Spoken Language
         English 5.1 Dolby Digital
         English 5.1 Dolby DTS
         Français 5.1 Dolby Digital
         English 2.0
         Español 2.0
      Captioned for the Hearing Impaired
         English
         Captions: None
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2014

    Great movie!

    Great movie!

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  • Posted April 25, 2011

    A Must See Film!!

    I give the 2002 movie, 8 Mile a rating of five out of five stars hands down. This rated R, autobiographical film is filled with eye catching drama and interesting, influential music. 8 Mile provides its audience with the most descriptive and expressive scenery so that you actually feel as if you were in the movie with Eminem, feeling the emotions he felt during each scene. The movie 8 Mile takes place in the 8 Mile area of Detroit. With no money and very little clothes, Jimmy refuses to live like this and raise his daughters the way he was raised. His only option is to continue to work hard and use his talent and creativity to get what he desires (which is a better lifestyle); that outstanding ability being his ability to rap. Unto his surprise this task was not as simple as he contemplated. It was far more difficult for Mr. Jimmy Smith by him being the only white rapper trying to influence a group of hundreds of predominately African Americans to choose him over the other MCs. In addition, Jimmy has to do everything on his own without the help from his mother, which is the only family he has. With his mother's trailer as his only place to live, he gets thrown out and left on the streets by himself. Jimmy Smith went from being lonely, poor, homeless and looked down upon to well respected and popular. Watch how rapper, Eminem portrays his life story of overcoming numerous challenges, distinguishing who his real friends are from the ones that didn't really care about him, and having no family at all to go to for support in this musically dramatic film.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    more from this reviewer

    "you signed me up to battle?!? i'm a grown man!"

    great inspirational film even for non music/eminem lovers. must see

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Best movie of its genre

    This movie is so crazy!!!!!!!! Eminem is so awsome!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Eminems Life!

    The true story of Marshal Matters 8 Mile is a great movie it's a drama a really cool movie and Eminem is so hot in this movie he's really a cool guy 8 Mile rules!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    VERY ENTERTAINING

    I had no respect for rap before I saw this movie, but after seeing this movie I came to apprectiate it. This movie was funny and very entertaining. I certainly underestimated Eminem as an actor, he did a very respectable job in this movie.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Better then I thought

    Before I saw this movie, I hated rap. I thought it was a waste of time. And now, Eminem is like my favorite artist! But I especially loved the scenes he did with Chloe Greenfeild, his sister. I loved these scenes because it shows that what we see Eminem do on stage is different then his real life. That he's actually sensitive, not just a street thug. And I love the song 'Lose Yourself' It makes the most important point I think a song ever made. I think anyone and everyone should see this movie, it will help you see in a different light.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Yo Yo Yo, Get in this kool-aid!

    Yo, where to begin, my minds racin. I cant wait to put this DvD in i'm pacin. A wannbe rapper tryin to make his breaks. This movies so tough i dont know how much I can take. Marshall, so awesome and true, anyone that hates this be actin a fool. Just go out and buy it on the double. Or just click up top and get it from the B and Noble. Totally deservin the 5 stars it got. Better than Vanilla Ice in TMNT2......NOT!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    there are better

    this movie had its drama and it was a good movie, but eminem should stick to his music career though. he works better as a hard core rapper then some guy looking for some loving.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    EMIN3M is the best rapper and singer out there.

    Who could hate eminem? He is the best person ever.I admire this rapper and actor right here. He should act more. I loved 8 mile. It was a great movie and best of all it tought me something about life. You shouldn't give up intil you get it and then you can either pursue the job or walk away from it and know in your heart you accomplished it. Feels good you know! Bye. -Vicky-

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Eminem kix booties!

    OMG Eminem is such a gr8 actor! & I hope he does more acting n the future! & I hope he makes a sequel 4 8-Mile! This is like my fave movie now, & Eminem is totally hott! :o)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great

    One of the best movies I have seen. I loved it! He did great in this movie and he should do some for acting!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Eminem is the man!!!!

    If you have not watched this movie, watch it, if you have, watch it!8 Mile is great to watch, especially for those who are struggling in life to be a rapper.All of the events happen in real life 2-day.8-mile just stages events that rappers who do not have it made have to go thru.Eminem is one who went thru these steps to get where he is and the movie sets a good example to those who r struggling to come up.It shows that if u believe in yourself u can be the best.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    An icon for scared white boys plays himself in a movie

    People actually paid to see this? I walked into my girlfriend's house where her younger sister was watching this and had to endure the pain and humiliation of contributing to the popularity of this clown. I wish I would have stayed at home and done something more fun, like pass a kidney stone. At least we finally have a film which naive, ignorant people of all races can watch. I will shoot myself in the face instead of watching this movie again.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Eminem Rocks

    he can do anything he wants to and i admire that. he is really cute and he seems to be very nice guy, even though his life is pretty rough

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Guess who acts..acts and wins...shady can act n sing!(rap)

    Eminem is soooooooooooooooooooooooooo gewd in this movie he shows the steps to become a great rappa...he plays an amazing role, which he shows in this movie so does the beauti brittany and the rest....you must watch it even if u have WATCH IT AGAIN!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    EMIN3M IS THE BEST!

    It was a very good movie, and Eminem played very good. But i think that it is very many who had herd a almost like story before if they know somethings about Eminem.(and it's very many who do that)You can say wathever you want about the movie, but Eminem is still the cutest and the best artist in the world!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Eminem Can do More then just rap

    Eminem has suprised us all by showing us he can rap and be a ''movie star''. He is the best and will be around for awhile.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Good acting, bad story

    Okay okay okay, we all know Eminem's life story, so, let's get off it! The movie was okay, but anyone who likes Eminem had heard it before, there wasn't really a plot in the movie in my opinion... but the acting was good... that's the only thing good I can think of from this movie, other than Cheddar Bob is a great name!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The greatest movie

    I seen this movie 127 times i loved it all of the times i seen it. Eminem is so cute in it. It has a great storie line to it... The director Curtis Hanson gave eminem a great part.His steamy love seen woth actress Brittany Murphy was brilliantly done. He deserves the actor and movie of the year awards. THE MOVIE WAS AWSOME!!!!!!!!!

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