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8 Mile [DVD] [Widescreen; Uncensored Bonus Materials]

  • R
  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • 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.

    Academy Awards Best Original Song 2002 Eminem American rapper, 8 MILE
    Academy Awards Best Original Song 2002 Jeff Bass Music, 8 MILE (2002)
    Academy Awards Best Original Song 2002 Luis Resto Music, 8 MILE (2002)

    • Rating - strong language, sexuality, some violence, and drug use
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 21981

  • Credits
    Slim Shady,Marshall Mathers,Kim Basinger,Mekhi Phifer,Brittany Murphy,Eugene Byrd,Taryn Manning,Omar,Benson Miller,De'Angelo Wilson
  • Critic Reviews
    "...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..."
    Entertainment Weekly

    "...Eminem shows real screen presence....8 MILE hits hard and provocatively close to home..."
    Rolling Stone

    "...Eminem possesses a furtive instinct as a performer..."
    Box Office

    "...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..."
    Rolling Stone

    "...The movie is a success on its own terms because the director doesn't condescend to pop music..."
    New York Times

    "...The rap sequences are shot and edited with the excitement of a crisply broadcast sporting event..."
    USA Today

    "...Eminem is magnetic playing a version of himself....Basinger is entirely credible..."

    "...An illuminating addition to that hall-of-funhouse-mirrors that is Eminem's persona..."
    Sight and Sound

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