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Beat Street (1984)

PG | | Drama, Music | 8 June 1984 (USA)
An aspiring DJ, from the South Bronx, and his best friend, a promoter, try to get into show business by exposing people to hip-hop music and culture.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tracy Carlson
Guy Davis ...
Kenny 'Double K' Kirkland
Leon W. Grant ...
Carmen Cararro
Robert Taylor ...
Lee Kirkland
Cora (as Mary Alice Smith)
Jim Borrelli ...
Dean Elliott ...
Franc Reyes ...
Antonia Rey ...
Duane Jones ...


An upbeat, lets-put-on-a-show musical about the wonders of hip-hop music and culture that tells the story of Kenny, a young hip-hop artist living in the rough slums of the Bronx with his younger brother Lee and their mother Cora. Kenny dreams of making it big as a disc jockey and playing in the most swank of Manhattan nightclubs, the Roxy. Into their lives comes Tracy, a composer and assistant choreographer from the City College of New York, who inspires him to try to continue his dream while romance begins to grow between them, despite coming from different neighborhoods and worlds. Meanwhile, Lee is part of a break-dancing crew set on dominating the scene of their street. The rest of their friends include Ramon, a graffiti artist determined to spread his painting to every subway car in the city while dealing with his girlfriend Carmen and Chollie, a fellow disc jockey who becomes Kenny's manager after he lands him a gig at a Bronx club. Many hip-hop groups, electro artists, break ... Written by Matt Patay

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The music and break-dance explosion of the summer! See more »


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8 June 1984 (USA)  »

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The Perfect Beat  »

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It was the producers' idea for the main cast to wear Kangol hats and Puma sneakers all throughout production of the film even though many of the dancers felt that it wasn't authentic. See more »


During the Roxy breakdancing battle, the three actors to the left of Rae Dawn Chong - a brunette woman, a blonde woman, and a man with a mustache - keep change the order they are standing next to one another. See more »


Ramon: [quoting his father] "When are you going to stop writing on the walls and make some money, when are you going to stop tagging the subway cars, when are you going to make your son legitimate... legitimate shit."
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Beat Street Breakdown
Composed by Melle Mel, Reggie Griffin, Sylvia Robinson
Performed by Melle Mel
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a great story of 80s hip-hop including graffiti art and break dancing
9 June 1999 | by (geneva, illinois) – See all my reviews

A wonderful movie showing the roots of hip-hop in graffiti art and break dancing. The break battle scene is the highlight of the movie. It shows that there was a time when gangs would fight each other with dancing, not guns.

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