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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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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 »

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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 »

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Kenny 'Double K' Kirkland: This ain't New York, this the Bronx!
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The best of all the breakdancing films.
21 June 1999 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

Of all the breakdancing / hip-hop films released between 1983 and 1986, the 1984 film Beat Street is unquestionably the best one. The story follows a DJ, his younger breakdancing brother, a graffiti artist and a wanna-be showbiz promoter through one winter in which they try to break out of the ghetto using their "street" talent. The acting isn't always up to par and the characters aren't fully drawn out, but they are more than compensated for by down-to-earth dialogue, a plausible story, fantastic dancing sequences and a timeless hip-hop sound track. It should be noted this film was shot in the birthplace of breakdancing ("This ain't New York, this is the Bronx!"), and features appearances by the fathers of breakdancing, dance troupe Rock Steady Crew and rapper Afrika Bambaata. Rock Steady Crew provide the best scene in the film when they dominate a dance battle at the premiere breakdancing club of the early 80's, the Roxy. A must see for hip-hop lovers.


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