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8 Mile (2002)

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Coming Out at 8 November 2002 in theaters

Drama, Music

8 Mile is hip-hop drama film written by Scott Silver, directed by Curtis Hanson, and starring Eminem, Mekhi Phifer, Brittany Murphy, Michael Shannon, Anthony Mackie, and Kim Basinger. The film follows white rapper B-Rabbit (Eminem) and his attempt to launch a career in a genre dominated by African-Americans. The title is derived from 8 Mile Road, the highway between the predominantly black city of Detroit and the largely white suburban communities to the north. 8 Mile, which contains autobiographical elements from Eminem’s life, was a critical and commercial success. Eminem won the Academy Award for Best Original Song for “Lose Yourself”, which has become one of his signature tracks.

In 1995 Detroit, Jimmy “B-Rabbit” Smith Jr. is a young, unhappy blue-collar worker from a poor family. Jimmy has moved back north of 8 Mile Road to the run-down trailer home in Warren, Michigan of his alcoholic mother Stephanie, his younger sister Lily, and Stephanie’s abusive live-in boyfriend Greg. Although encouraged by his friends, Jimmy worries about his potential as a rapper. One night, Jimmy freezes during a rap battle at a local venue, the Shelter, and he leaves the stage humiliated.

During the day, Jimmy works at a car factory. When he asks for extra shifts, his supervisor bluntly dismisses his request on account of his habitual tardiness. Later on, Jimmy befriends a woman named Alex. Jimmy begins to take more responsibility for the direction of his life. When he exhibits an improved attitude and performance at work, his supervisor grants him the extra shifts that he requested.

Director: Curtis Hanson

Writer: Scott Silver

Stars: Eminem, Brittany Murphy, Kim Basinger, Mekhi Phifer, Evan Jones, Omar Benson Miller, De’Angelo Wilson

Cast:

EminemJimmy ‘B-Rabbit’ Smith
Kim BasingerStephanie Smith
Mekhi PhiferDavid ‘Future’ Porter
Brittany MurphyAlex
Evan JonesCheddar Bob
Omar Benson MillerSol George
De’Angelo WilsonDJ Iz
Eugene ByrdWink
Taryn ManningJaneane
Larry HudsonBouncer
ProofLil’ Tic
Mike BellShorty Mike
DJ HeadBattle DJ
Michael ShannonGreg Buehl
Chloe GreenfieldLily Smith
Mary HanniganMrs. Helgeland
Anthony MackiePapa Doc
StrikeLyckety-Splyt
Nashawn ‘Ox’ BreedloveLotto
Na’Keya SnoddyPapa Doc’s Girl
Malik BarnhardtMoochie
Day GolfinDay
Allen AdamsOmar
HomParking Lot Rapper #1
Obie TriceParking Lot Rapper #2
Njeri EarthParking Lot Rapper #3
Jennifer KitchenWilling Girl
Kyla WomackAlex’s Friend
Melissa ZaglanikznyChristine
Rockey BlackRocky
Craig ChandlerPaul
Paul BatesManny
Miz-KoronaFemale Lunch Truck Rapper
XzibitMale Lunch Truck Rapper
Abdul Salaam El RazzacJoe Lee Patton
Steven MonroePlant Worker
John Smith Jr.Lobby Security Guard
Venicia ForemanWJLB Receptionist
Waverly W. Alford IIBig O
BushmanWJLB Disc Jockey
Adam BrookRoy Darucher
Dave DanielsChin Tiki Club Goer
Stephen DetherageDiner #1
Karin DickerSarah Jane – Age 8 (archive footage)
Brandon T. JacksonChin Tiki Club Goer
Jason JarchowBartender
Tracey KrollShelter Nightclub Goer
Kei LeongShelter Nightclub Goer
Juanita MooreAnnie Johnson (archive footage)
Russell RabbBathroom Thug
Jerry ReidClub Goer
Nickola ShreliExtra
Grace StaffordWoody Woodpecker (archive sound)
Sara StokesGirl in Crowd
Brandy TahnoraMain Hackler
Steve Van HeeChin Tiki Club Goer

Sources: imdb & wikipedia

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