8 Mile (2002)

R | 111 mins | Drama | 8 November 2002

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The song "Lose Yourself" was ranked 93rd on AFI's 2004 100 Years...100 Songs list of the 100 top movie songs of all time. ...

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The song "Lose Yourself" was ranked 93rd on AFI's 2004 100 Years...100 Songs list of the 100 top movie songs of all time.

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SOURCE CITATIONS
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Los Angeles Times
8 Nov 2002
p. 1
New York Times
8 Nov 2002
p. 1
Variety
4 Nov 2002
p. 27, 32
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DETAILS
Release Date:
8 November 2002
Premiere Information:
Los Angeles and New York openings: 8 Nov 2002
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Copyright Info
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Mikona Productions, GmbH & Co. KG
4 August 2003
PA1138089
Physical Properties:
Sound
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Duration(in mins):
111
MPAA Rating:
R
Countries:
Germany, United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

In Detroit, Michigan, young Jimmy Smith, Jr. is an aspiring rapper who goes by “B-Rabbit” onstage. During the day, he toils for little money at an auto stamp plant. He has recently moved back in with his mother, Stephanie, and sister, Lily, in the family’s trailer home. Also living there is Greg, Stephanie’s latest boyfriend and a former schoolmate of Jimmy’s. Partly inspired by his new friendship with a pretty co-worker named Alex, Jimmy takes on extra shifts and exhibits a better attitude at the plant. Meanwhile, Stephanie receives an eviction notice, which prompts a fight with Greg. Jimmy intervenes on his mother’s behalf, and Greg leaves, breaking off his relationship with Stephanie. Another relationship is tested when Jimmy discovers that his friend Wink, a radio deejay with connections to the music industry, promotes a rival group called the Leaders of the Free World. During a confrontation between Jimmy and the Leaders, Jimmy’s friend, Cheddar Bob, accidentally shoots and wounds himself. Back at work, Jimmy observes a rap “battle” between some of the plant workers. One of them attacks a worker named Paul for his homosexuality, and Jimmy enters the battle to come to Paul’s defense, as Alex looks on approvingly. Jimmy and Alex sneak away to have sex. Later, Jimmy goes to meet Wink and some record producers at a recording studio, where he walks in on Wink and Alex having sex. Jimmy flies into a rage and assaults Wink, which leads to another altercation, in which Wink and the Leaders of the Free World attack Jimmy outside his trailer. Papa Doc, the head of the Leaders, threatens Jimmy at gunpoint, but Wink stops him from shooting. Later, ...

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In Detroit, Michigan, young Jimmy Smith, Jr. is an aspiring rapper who goes by “B-Rabbit” onstage. During the day, he toils for little money at an auto stamp plant. He has recently moved back in with his mother, Stephanie, and sister, Lily, in the family’s trailer home. Also living there is Greg, Stephanie’s latest boyfriend and a former schoolmate of Jimmy’s. Partly inspired by his new friendship with a pretty co-worker named Alex, Jimmy takes on extra shifts and exhibits a better attitude at the plant. Meanwhile, Stephanie receives an eviction notice, which prompts a fight with Greg. Jimmy intervenes on his mother’s behalf, and Greg leaves, breaking off his relationship with Stephanie. Another relationship is tested when Jimmy discovers that his friend Wink, a radio deejay with connections to the music industry, promotes a rival group called the Leaders of the Free World. During a confrontation between Jimmy and the Leaders, Jimmy’s friend, Cheddar Bob, accidentally shoots and wounds himself. Back at work, Jimmy observes a rap “battle” between some of the plant workers. One of them attacks a worker named Paul for his homosexuality, and Jimmy enters the battle to come to Paul’s defense, as Alex looks on approvingly. Jimmy and Alex sneak away to have sex. Later, Jimmy goes to meet Wink and some record producers at a recording studio, where he walks in on Wink and Alex having sex. Jimmy flies into a rage and assaults Wink, which leads to another altercation, in which Wink and the Leaders of the Free World attack Jimmy outside his trailer. Papa Doc, the head of the Leaders, threatens Jimmy at gunpoint, but Wink stops him from shooting. Later, Stephanie returns home with the news that she won enough money at a bingo tournament to save them from eviction. Jimmy is encouraged by his best friend, Future, to participate in a rap battle against the Leaders of the Free World at the Shelter nightclub, where Future works as an emcee. Jimmy cannot commit to showing up, as he is scheduled to work a late shift. That night, Alex stops by the plant to say goodbye, as she is about to leave for New York to pursue a modeling career. She tells him she was hoping to see him perform at the Shelter that night, which moves him to go, after Paul agrees to cover his shift. At the Shelter, Jimmy wins the first two rounds before he is pitted against Papa Doc. In his final freestyle rap, Jimmy draws attention to his own lower class upbringing, while ridiculing Papa Doc’s relatively privileged life. A humiliated Papa Doc returns his microphone in defeat. Future congratulates Jimmy as the winner of the battle, and offers him a permanent position hosting rap battles at the Shelter. Jimmy refuses the position, telling Future that he must carve his own path.

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