8 Mile (Blu-ray)

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Jimmy smith is down on his luck. He just moved back in with his mom, broke up with his girlfriend, and has a dead end job. His luck is about to change. Jimmy is a talented mc ready to break out of his detroit surroundings, but can he overcome many adversities on his way to the top? Oscar nominee: best song.


Studio Universal
SKU 209207878
UPC 025192006043
UPC 14 00025192006043
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Release Date 5/6/2014
Rating Rating
Essential Cinema
Rap Artists
Rap Music
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note 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.
Entertainment Weekly "...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 p.49-54
Rolling Stone "...Eminem shows real screen presence....8 MILE hits hard and provocatively close to home..." 10/19/2002 p.113,"...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 p.97-8
Box Office "...Eminem possesses a furtive instinct as a performer..." 11/01/2002 p.122
New York Times "...The movie is a success on its own terms because the director doesn't condescend to pop music..." 11/08/2002 p.E1
USA Today "...The rap sequences are shot and edited with the excitement of a crisply broadcast sporting event..." 11/08/2002 p.7E
Variety "...Eminem is magnetic playing a version of himself....Basinger is entirely credible..." 11/04/2003 p.27-32
Sight and Sound "...An illuminating addition to that hall-of-funhouse-mirrors that is Eminem's persona..." 02/01/2003 p.36-42
Curtis Hanson
Kim Basinger
Mekhi Phifer
Brittany Murphy
Cast & Crew
Kim Basinger - Star
Eminem - Star
De'Angelo Wilson - Star
Mekhi Phifer - Star
Taryn Manning - Star
Evan Jones - Star
Omar Benson Miller - Star
Eugene Byrd - Star
Brittany Murphy - Star
Chloe Greenfield - Star
Michael Shannon - Star
Curtis Hanson - Producer
Luis Resto - Music
Jeff Bass - Music
Eminem - Music Performer
Rodrigo Prieto - Director of Photography
Scott Silver - Screenwriter
Jimmy Iovine - Producer
Brian Grazer - Producer
Curtis Hanson - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2002
Catalog ID 61107458
UPC 00025192006043
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 111 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English
Aspect Ratio
Name Jeff Bass
Award Category Best Original Song
Award Status Winner
Award Year 2002
Award Giver Academy Awards
Name Luis Resto
Award Category Best Original Song
Award Status Winner
Award Year 2002
Award Giver Academy Awards
ReviewSource San Francisco Examiner
Review For a movie starring a singer-songwriter, 8 Mile spends remarkably little time on actual onstage performing. We don't even get to hear the rousing "Lose Yourself," which Eminem wrote specifically for this film, until the closing credits. But, to paraphrase the lyrics from that chart-topping hit: Eminem knew it was his moment, he owned it, and he wasn't going to let it go without trying to establish his cred as a dramatic actor. He didn't blow it.
Reviewer Joe Leydon
ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review Eminem survives the X-ray truth-telling of the movie camera, which is so good at spotting phonies. He is on the level. Here he plays, if not himself, a version of himself, and we understand why he has been accepted as a star in a genre mostly owned by blacks. Whether he has a future as a movie actor is open to question: At this point in his career, there is no reason for him to play anyone other than himself, and it might even be professionally dangerous for him to try.
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 8
English, Spanish, French, Dolby Digital (5.1)
Product Attributes
Video Format Blu-Ray
John Powers, L.A. Weekly ...Eminem plays Rabbit with riveting, flamboyantly expressive intensity...
Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune ...8 Mile is an exciting, well-crafted movie, loaded with urban atmosphere.
Peter Travers, Rolling Stone ...Qualifies as a cinematic event by tapping into the roots of Eminem and the fury and feeling that inform his rap.
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