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Synopsis

No matter whom we are, no matter where we live, we're all bound by borders. Many of us are content to live within these borders--others are simply forced to exist within them. But some of us need to break out, burst through, even if what is on the other side is both frightening and unknown. From this comes the tale of one young man's dilemma as he navigates his way through his colliding worlds. Set against Detroit's hip-hop scene in 1995, the story centers on Jimmy Smith Jr., a young white rapper, who struggles to find his voice. The people of Detroit know '8 Mile' as the city limit or a border. It is also a psychological dividing line that separates Jimmy from where and who he wants to be, as he struggles to find the strength and courage to transcend his boundaries.

Cast

  • Eminem
  • Kim Basinger
  • Mekhi Phifer
  • Brittany Murphy
  • Evan Jones
  • Omar Benson Miller
  • De'Angelo Wilson
  • Eugene Byrd
  • Taryn Manning
  • Larry Hudson

Did You Know?

Trivia

  • Eminem lost 24 pounds for the role.
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Goofs

  • When Jimmy Smith Jr. is talking outside the factory, the crew (holding the boom mic) is reflected in the window behind him.
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Quotes

    • B. Rabbit: Mom, you gotta stop living your life like this!
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Metacritic

88

The rap sequences are shot and edited with the excitement of a crisply broadcast sporting event, which in a way they are.

Metacritic review by Mike Clark
Mike Clark
USA Today
88

Some movies, a very few, possess the purity of myth, and they don't have to be great to be greatly important. The Wild One is an example; Saturday Night Fever is another. Now add 8 Mile to that short list.

Metacritic review by Rick Groen
Rick Groen
The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
75

Eminem survives the X-ray truth-telling of the movie camera, which is so good at spotting phonies. He is on the level.

Metacritic review by Roger Ebert
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times