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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

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 ...
Fly Girl
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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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4 June 1984 (Denmark)  »

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Warner Bros., now a Time Warner subsidiary, was originally set to be the film's distributor, but the company backed out, fearing that it would not profit from the film. Time Warner was also a part-owner of the film via Rhino Records, a division of Atlantic Records, until Time Warner sold Warner Music to private investors in 2004. See more »

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Edited into And You Don't Stop: 30 Years of Hip-Hop (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

Wild Style Theme Rap 1
Performed by Grandmaster Caz and Chris Stein
Scratches by Charlie Chase
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Fresh! For You, For You...
1 May 2003 | by (LA CA) – See all my reviews

As much a document of primordial hip-hop culture as it was an arbiter of what hip-hop would become(for a time), this film perfectly encapsulates the earthshaking inventiveness and fun of hip-hop and, upon this viewing, reminds me of how much of that loose, experimental spirit is missing in the current scene. The flimsy story(carried, as it were, by the singularly inarticulate graffiti legend "Lee" Quinones) is aptly subordinate to the raw, bouncy hip-hop soundtrack(provided by Blondie's Chris Stein and the ever-smooth Fab 5 Freddy, who folks of a certain musical disposition might remember from Yo! MTV Raps and who also co-stars). A must not just for hiphop heads but also for anyone striving to understand why this "fad" caught on like it did. 10/10


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