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Wild Style (1983)

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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Drama | Music

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4 November 1983 (West Germany)  »

Also Known As:

Estilo salvaje  »

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Trivia

Johnny 'Crash' Matos auditioned for the role of Zoro but expressed a desire to play a smaller on-screen role and get more involved in behind the scenes aspects of the film so he was cast as a member of the Union Crew. Matos also served as the film's animation assistant and contributed artwork. See more »

Goofs

At 6:18 Hector tells Raymond 'Zoro' to take off his do-rag. Then Ray's hair pops back and forth between being flat from the do-rag to a picked out Afro during their conversation. See more »

Quotes

'Phade': Scooby Doo!
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Connections

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

Soundtracks

Double Trouble at the Amphitheatre
Composed by Fab 5 Freddy and Chris Stein
Performed by Double Trouble
(uncredited)
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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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