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Wild Style (1983)

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Legendary New York graffiti artist Lee Quinones plays the part of Zoro, the city's hottest and most elusive graffiti writer. The actual story of the movie concerns the tension between ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Raymond 'Zoro'
Lady Pink ...
Rose 'Lady Bug' (as Sandra 'Pink' Fabara)
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'Phade' (as Frederick Braithwaite)
Patti Astor ...
Virginia
Andrew Witten ...
Z-Roc (as Zephyr)
Busy Bee ...
Chief Rocker
Carlos Morales ...
Hector
Alfredo Valez ...
Chico
Niva Kislac ...
Niva
Glenn O'Brien ...
Museum Curator
Johnny 'Crash' Matos ...
Union Crew
Daze ...
Union Crew (as Chris 'Daze' Ellis)
Fred 'Caz' Glover ...
Union Crew
Edwin 'Obe' Ortez ...
Union Crew
Lisa Lee ...
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Legendary New York graffiti artist Lee Quinones plays the part of Zoro, the city's hottest and most elusive graffiti writer. The actual story of the movie concerns the tension between Zoro's passion for his art and his personal life, particularly his strained relationship with fellow artist Rose. But this isn't why one watches Wild Style--this movie is *the* classic hip-hop flick, full of great subway shots, breakdancing, freestyle MCing and rare footage of one of the godfathers of hip-hop, Grandmaster Flash, pulling off an awesome scratch-mix set on a pair of ancient turntables. A must-see for anyone interested in hip-hop music and culture. Written by Leon

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Dondi was the second choice for the role of Zoro. See more »

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Featured in 4th Annual VH1 Hip-Hop Honors (2007) See more »

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Basketball Throwdown
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Never exaggerating if I say this is a true Hip Hop Classic..
3 June 2002 | by (Deventer, The Netherlands) – See all my reviews

If you think you are a true Hip Hop fan and when I talk about Wild Style and you are asking me "What?", then something must be wrong...

Wild Style is the first and true Hip Hop documentary/film about a culture that remained one of the strongest of the past few decades. Never has there been an artform of music that was just basically made of other music styles, but has managed to grow and evolve on its own.

If you want to understand the basic elements of Hip Hop (Rappin', DJin', Breakdancin' & Grafitti) then don't look any further, here's what you need.

As one of the top titles wanted on my "Please-Release-It-On-DVD-List", this movie is not a movie in its real form. Because it was pretty much lowbudget, it has a feel of documentary, but it certainly has a story. Not very much, but the knowledge that almost everyone of the cast was/is someone in the Hip Hop Community 1982, makes this title very interesting to see what they contribute to this movie, and Hip Hop in general.

You've probably read the plot outlines in other reviews, so I won't tell you anything you've already read in those reviews. All I can say is, if you wanna know what the TRUE meaning is of Hip Hop, instead of the BLING-BLING type o' Hip Hop which is totally (well, almost totally) commercialised, see if you can get a copy of this movie and "take a trip down memory lane", like my man Nas said in his 1994 DJ Premier produced cut "Memory Lane (Sitting In Da Park)", another Hip Hop Gem..

RECOMMENDED!!


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