8 mile; produced by Universal Pictures and Imagine Entertainment, is an American dramatic film directed by Curtis Hanson (L.A. Confidential) and starring Eminem, Kim Basinger, Mekhi Phifer, Taryn Manning and Brittany Murphy.
The film tells the story about Jimmy Smith Jr.; who is called B. Rabbit by his friends. He, who loves hip-hop music, lives in Detroit, in a poor and predominantly black population. His live is quite difficult, he has troubles with his girlfriend, has financial difficulties and the relationship with his mother is not esay. He evades from reality through the music. It´s a parallelism between the Eminem´s real childhood, cause reflects the beginnings of a young rapper who discharge the anger he has through music lyrics.
In the film there are two rap groups that fight against in rap battles; “three one third” formed by “B. Rabbit”, “Future”, “Cheddar Bob”, Big “O”, “Sol George” and “Leaders of the Free World” formed by Papa Doc, Lil’ Tic, Lotto and some others.
Jimmy Smith Jr (B. Rabbit) -> Eminem: A young and white rapper, is focused on getting his music career started. During the film he starts to realize about the reality and begins to take responsibility of his life.
Wink ->Eugene Byrd: Tries to get on with B. Rabbit and help him to achieve his goal, to become a famous singer. He boast about his sources and about his well-known friends.
Papa Doc -> Anthony Mackie: It´s the leader of the rap group “Free World”, he and his men go against “three one third” throughout the film.
Stephanie -> Kim Basinger: She is Jimmy Smith Jr´s mother, it´s alcoholic and has two songs (B. Rabbit and Lily)
Some curiosities about the film
At the final rap battle versus Papa Doc, Eminem knows that his opponent is aware of his life, so he starts to sing about his “weaknesses” and in the lyrics also shows to the public the “other life” of Doc. What´s more, normally in a rap battle you have the time predetermined that matches the music, but he does not follow the rules.
The film finishes with the song which was iconic to this film; Loose yourself. For this song Eminem won the Academy Awards for Best Original Song in 2002.
A decade after its release, Vibe magazine called the film a “hip-hop movie masterpiece”.1
Vibe magazine launched the “Best Rapper Alive Tournament” on July 21, 2008. Eminem won it and stated:
“It’s obviously an honor to have won the fans’ support by being voted the Best Rapper Alive. I don’t think that there is any one rapper that is simply the best though. Everyone who was in consideration and many others are the best at certain things, and at what they do. But since VIBE’s offering the distinction, hell yeah I’ll accept!”2
One of the extras, Ali Miyzaan, was shot outside a Detroit cinema on the film´s opening night.
All the music in the film is made by Eminem himself.
Equipo de Wikilearning. (2006). Eminem – Ocho millas. 15 Febrero 2006. Retrieved December 13, 2012, from http://www.wikilearning.com/monografia/eminem/1809-5
1y2Rosenthal; Jeff. (2012). EMINEM’S 2012 VIBE COVER STORY: 8 MILES AND RUNNIN’. October 9, 2012. Retrieved December 13, 2012, from http://www.vibe.com/article/eminems-2012-vibe-cover-story-8-miles-and-runnin
Eminem- Final battle (8 mile) lyrics). (n.d.). Retrieved from http://rapgenius.com/Eminem-final-battle-8-mile-lyrics