8 Mile

8 Mile

Curtis Hanson (2002)

15 Certificate


Our Score
Director Curtis Hanson puts a new spin on the familiar "triumph against the odds" theme with this slick showcase for the talents of superstar rapper Eminem. The story follows aspiring rap artist "Rabbit" (Eminem), who hopes to escape his bleak life in Detroit's 8 Mile district - the dividing line between the city's white suburbs and the predominantly black inner city. But, after losing his job and his (pregnant) girlfriend, he's forced to work in a soul-destroying factory and to live with his alcoholic mother (Kim Basinger) and her lover. The star's notorious misogyny and homophobia are understandably softened here - though audience credibility may be stretched by a scene in which he chides his friends for taunting a gay colleague. While it doesn't break any new ground, Hanson's film is a compellingly gritty account of growing up in poverty on Detroit's streets. But the real revelation here is Eminem, who delivers an irresistibly likeable and honest performance, albeit pretty much as himself.


A white rapper strives to make a name for himself on the music scene, but his deprived home life on a Detroit trailer park and romantic complications put a damper on his plans as he struggles to win over the crowds and earn the respect of his peers. Drama, starring Eminem, Kim Basinger, Mekhi Phifer and Brittany Murphy.

Cast & Crew

Jimmy "Rabbit" Smith Marshall Mathers
Stephanie Kim Basinger
Alex Brittany Murphy
Future Mekhi Phifer
Cheddar Bob Evan Jones
Sol George Omar Benson Miller
Wink Eugene Byrd
DJ Iz De'Angelo Wilson
Director Curtis Hanson
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: UIPGuidance: May be edited for language, violence, drug abuse, a sex scene and nudity.Available on: video, DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 17 Jan 2003