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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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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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Cora (as Mary Alice Smith)
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Domingo
Jim Borrelli ...
Monte
Dean Elliott ...
Henri
Franc Reyes ...
Luis
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Angela
Lee Chamberlin ...
Alicia
Antonia Rey ...
Flora
Duane Jones ...
Robert
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Storyline

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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hip hop | d.j. | rap | graffiti | new york city | See more »

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

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Drama | Music

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PG | See all certifications »

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8 June 1984 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Perfect Beat  »

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Trivia

This was the first American film to have more than one soundtrack album of music featured in a film released. Originally, three volumes of music were planned, but Atlantic Records only released two of them - and the second volume was never released on compact disc. See more »

Goofs

When Spit tags over Ramo's burner with the Dyer Ave train, you can see the "Sp" in "Spit" from a previous take. See more »

Quotes

Lee: [Lee explains about how he got arrested for dancing] Hey, Mom, these fools busted us for dancing, can you believe that?
Cora: I believe you better shut your damn mouth before I decide to leave you down here.
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Connections

Referenced in The Boondocks: Riley Wuz Here (2006) See more »

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Son of Beat Street
Performed by DJ Jazzy Jay
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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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