8 Mile is a 2002 American semi-biographical drama film written by Scott Silver, directed by Curtis Hanson, and stars Eminem, Mekhi Phifer, Brittany Murphy, Michael Shannon and Kim Basinger.
The film, set in 1995, is an account of a young white rapper named Jimmy "B-Rabbit" Smith Jr. (Eminem), who lives in a mobile home park in Warren, Michigan, and his attempt to launch a career in rap, a genre dominated by African Americans. The film's title is derived from 8 Mile Road, the highway that runs along the border between lower class, predominantly black Detroit neighborhoods, and its predominantly white middle class Oakland County and Macomb County suburbs.
Filmed mostly on location in Detroit and its surrounding areas, the film was both a critical and financial success. Eminem won the Academy Award for Best Original Song for "Lose Yourself", the song which was iconic to this film. A decade after its release, Vibe magazine called the film a "rap movie masterpiece."
- Eminem as Jimmy "B-Rabbit" Smith, Jr., the film's protagonist
- Mekhi Phifer as Future, Jimmy's closest friend and the rap battle host
- Brittany Murphy as Alex Latorno, Jimmy's love interest
- Kim Basinger as Stephanie, Jimmy and Lily's mother
- Taryn Manning as Janeane, Jimmy's ex-girlfriend
- Michael Shannon as Greg Buehl, Stephanie's boyfriend
- Evan Jones as "Cheddar Bob", Jimmy's friend
- Omar Benson Miller as "Sol George", Jimmy's friend and Iz's brother
- De'Angelo Wilson as "DJ Iz", Jimmy's friend and Sol's brother
- Eugene Byrd as "Wink"
- Anthony Mackie as "Papa Doc" (Clarence), the film's antagonist
- Xzibit as Mike (Male Lunch Truck Rapper)
- Proof as "Lil' Tic"
- Craig Chandler as Paul
- Obie Trice as Male parking lot rapper
- Chloe Greenfield as Lily, Jimmy's sister
- John Singleton as Bouncer
- Miz-Korona as Vanessa (Female Lunch Truck Rapper)
- Brandon T. Jackson (uncredited) as a Chin Tiki club-goer
8 Mile (2002)
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