Beat Street (1984)

PG  |   |  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 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 ...
Lee Chamberlin ...
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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Crazy Legs later said that during the filming of the battle scene at the Roxy he wanted to battle to Jimmy Castor's song "It's Just Begun," but he was disappointed to find out that the crews were going to battle to a record called "Breaker's Revenge" because of rights issues. See more »


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 »


Cora: You better eat your eggs before I break your legs.
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Play that Beat
Performed by G.L.O.B.E. and Whiz Kid
Courtesy of Tommy Boy/Warner Bros. Records
by arrangement with Warner Special Products
© 1983 Tommy Boy Music Inc.
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Snapshot of Old School Hip-hop
10 February 2003 | by (Renton, WA USA) – See all my reviews

The Harry Belafonte-produced "Beat Street" captured a slice of hip-hop back when it was dancing, graffiti, DJing and rapping not just rapping. The story line is hokey but the music performances and dancing are great. Afrika Bambaataa, Kool Herc, Kool Moe Dee and Melle Mel are among the artists that make an appearance. A decent way to check out hip-hop before NWA spoiled it all.

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