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Beat Street (1984)

 -  Drama | Music  -  8 June 1984 (USA)
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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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Tracy Carlson
Guy Davis ...
Kenny 'Double K' Kirkland
Jon Chardiet ...
Ramon
Leon W. Grant ...
Chollie
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Carmen Cararro
Robert Taylor ...
Lee Kirkland
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Domingo
Jim Borrelli ...
Monte
Dean Elliott ...
Henri
Franc Reyes ...
Luis
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Lee Chamberlin ...
Alicia
Antonia Rey ...
Flora
Duane Jones ...
Robert
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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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Most of the graffiti art that was displayed all throughout the film was not done by real graffiti artists - it was airbrushed by set decorators. See more »

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When Lee first starts dancing at the Roxy battle, he has a knee pad on his left knee. As he starts his backspin, it disappears. See more »

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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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I.O.U.
Performed by Freeez
Written by John Rocca & Arthur Baker
Courtesy of Streetwise Records
© 1983 Streetwise Records Inc.
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A Piece Of American History.
3 July 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This started out to be a movie about the street culture of the Bronx in New York. What it accomplished was to give birth to a new culture and way of life, for American youth. What other movie has done this except Rebel Without A Cause? One of the most important movies of all time. The elements are simple yet fascinating. The story is timeless, young people try to succeed against all odds. Yet the story is always believable and never depressing. The characters are so realistic, a city dweller, would recognize them as neighbors. The story is entertaining, and comes to a satisfying ending. Buy this one for your permanent collection. It is a piece of American history.


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