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Wild Style (1983)

R  |   |  Documentary, Drama, Music  |  4 June 1984 (Denmark)
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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:
Raymond 'Zoro'
Lady Pink ...
Rose 'Lady Bug' (as Sandra 'Pink' Fabara)
'Phade' (as Frederick Braithwaite)
Patti Astor ...
Andrew Witten ...
Z-Roc (as Zephyr)
Busy Bee ...
Chief Rocker
Carlos Morales ...
Alfredo Valez ...
Niva Kislac ...
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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The ultimate docu-rama on the hip hop phenomenon
24 November 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Featuring some of the biggest names in hip hop, Wildstyle is the seminal docu-rama on this lifestlye. B-boys and b-girls, graf artists, DJs, MCs and larger than life characters are feature in this flick that is, ultimately, a real-life documentary on the early movers and shakers of the hip hop movement.

Anyone who listens to rap, wears fat laces, loves the 'old-skool' look, spins bits of plastic on two (or more) turntables, or is just curious about hip hop should have watched this film at least five times! A to the K? What acting there is in this film is weak, but it's made up for by appearances from Grandmaster Flash, Double Trouble, Crazy Legs and gang, as well as a whole host of graf artists including Lady Pink and Lee. There is a loose plot-line but you soon realise that this isn't really important to what is captured on film. What is captured is the vitality and energy that is hip hop and no other film (including Beat Street and Style Wars) comes close.

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