MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 2,994 this week

Beat Street (1984)

PG  |   |  Drama, Music  |  8 June 1984 (USA)
6.4
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.4/10 from 2,306 users  
Reviews: 25 user | 13 critic

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.

Director:

Writers:

(story) (as Steve Hager) , (screenplay) (as Andy Davis) , 2 more credits »
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Instant Video

ON DISC

IMDb Picks: April

Visit our IMDb Picks section to see our recommendations of movies and TV shows coming out in April.

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 34 titles
created 15 Mar 2011
 
a list of 38 titles
created 05 Apr 2012
 
a list of 25 titles
created 24 Mar 2013
 
a list of 32 titles
created 28 Jul 2013
 
a list of 28 titles
created 24 Oct 2013
 

Related Items

Search for "Beat Street" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Beat Street (1984)

Beat Street (1984) on IMDb 6.4/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Beat Street.

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Krush Groove (1985)
Comedy | Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

In this movie based on the early days of Def Jam Recordings, up-and-coming manager Russell Walker manages all the hottest acts on the record label Krush Groove Records, which include ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Schultz
Stars: Sheila E., Joseph Simmons, Darryl McDaniels
Wild Style (1983)
Documentary | Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

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 »

Director: Charlie Ahearn
Stars: 'Lee' George Quinones, Lady Pink, Fab 5 Freddy
The Freshest Kids (Video 2002)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

From the Boogie Down Bronx and beyond, the history of the B-Boy.

Director: Israel
Stars: Afrika Bambaataa, Yasiin Bey, Fab 5 Freddy
Drama | Music

A washed up police chief must team up with a rookie detective to infiltrate an underground hip-hop dance crew to find the killer of a small town Mayor's son.

Directors: Greg Galloway, Thomas Mikal Ford
Stars: Gregory Alan Williams, Terri J. Vaughn, Thomas Mikal Ford
Drama | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  

A developer tries to bulldoze a community recreation center. The local breakdancers try to stop it.

Director: Sam Firstenberg
Stars: Lucinda Dickey, Adolfo Quinones, Michael Chambers
Style Wars (TV Movie 1983)
Documentary | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

A documentary that exposes the rich growing subculture of hip-hop that was developing in New York City in the late '70s and early '80s, specifically focusing on graffiti art and and breakdancing.

Director: Tony Silver
Stars: Demon, Kase 2, Eric Haze
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A documentary on Brooklyn-born photographer Jamel Shabazz.

Director: Charlie Ahearn
Stars: Fab 5 Freddy, Bobbito Garcia, Aaron Goodstone
Rappin' (1985)
Drama | Music | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.4/10 X  

An ex-con and break-dancer helps save a neighborhood from a greedy developer while trying to win a rap contest.

Director: Joel Silberg
Stars: Mario Van Peebles, Eriq La Salle, Melvin Plowden
Breakin' (1984)
Comedy | Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

'Breakin': A struggling young jazz dancer (Lucinda Dickey) meets up with two break-dancers. Together they become the sensation of the street crowds. Features ICE-T in his film debut as a club MC.

Director: Joel Silberg
Stars: Lucinda Dickey, Adolfo Quinones, Michael Chambers
Scratch (2001)
Documentary | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

A feature-length documentary film about hip-hop DJing, otherwise known as turntablism. From the South Bronx in the 1970s to San Francisco now, the world's best scratchers, beat-diggers, ... See full summary »

Director: Doug Pray
Stars: Marc 7, Afra, Carlos Aguilar
Body Rock (1984)
Drama | Music | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.6/10 X  

Chilly is just a guy from the streets with a talent for break-dancing. When his wicked moves catch the eye of an inustry pro, Chilly finds his dreams of fame and fortune coming true, for better or for worse.

Director: Marcelo Epstein
Stars: Lorenzo Lamas, Vicki Frederick, Cameron Dye
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

War arrives to a small secluded village in Vojvodina. The Germans take a group of hostages through the village and on their way molest a small boy. As revenge the boy sets the German corn ... See full summary »

Director: Branko Bauer
Stars: Slavko Stimac, Miodrag Radovanovic, Pavle Vuisic
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Tracy Carlson
Guy Davis ...
Kenny 'Double K' Kirkland
Jon Chardiet ...
Ramon
Leon W. Grant ...
Chollie
...
Carmen Cararro
Robert Taylor ...
Lee Kirkland
...
Cora (as Mary Alice Smith)
...
Domingo
Jim Borrelli ...
Monte
Dean Elliott ...
Henri
Franc Reyes ...
Luis
...
Angela
Lee Chamberlin ...
Alicia
Antonia Rey ...
Flora
Duane Jones ...
Robert
Edit

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

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

Genres:

Drama | Music

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

8 June 1984 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Perfect Beat  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

According to Fast Break (who appeared in the Treacherous Three sequence), there was a classroom up-rocking battle scene that involved the New York City Breakers and the Rock Steady Crew, but it was cut. There was also more of the climatic battle between these two crews at the Roxy nightclub. See more »

Goofs

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 »

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.
See more »

Connections

Referenced in House Party (1990) See more »

Soundtracks

This Could Be the Night
Composed by Arthur Baker, Evan Rogers, Carl Sturken, Chris Lord-Alge, Tina B.
Performed by Cindy Mizelle
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Masterpiece of 80's nostalgia
17 February 2002 | by (chicago) – See all my reviews

Cinematically, this film stinks. So does a lot of the acting. But I

don't care. If there is a strong representation of what the 80's were

like(For a lot of us in the innercity anyways) and what hip-hop, Zulu

nation, and break dancing were really like.Great music, great

dancing! It almost seems like a documentary of a time now past

when hip-hop was a way of life. It's also interesting to see New

York looking like ground zero from a nuclear attack. Some viewers

may be too young to remember that It was a poor, run down city

during the 70's and 80's. This is the best of all the hip-hop/break

dancing movies that came out around that period. Of course the

80's are considered a joke now with all the bad tv shows and

movies, but those of us who lived through it will always remember

it fondly for a time when music, dancing, and graffiti were fresh, yo!


19 of 24 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Need Help With Name Of Track - The Fantastic Duo Roxy Club Audition prymek
Locations in Beat Street josecitomadera
Kuriaki died?? josecitomadera
WTF was Spit's problem? thelordtantalus
SONG WAS PLAYED FOR 5 SECS mightymouse74
Too Much Cursing? thunderkelly
Discuss Beat Street (1984) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?