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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:
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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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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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Get down, brother, shuffle those feet, shake a little boogie to the sound of that beat. See more »

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Drama | Music

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About 80% of the footage in the original theatrical trailer is not included in the final cut. Examples include Ramón getting his bag ripped off while walking with Kenny and Charlie, several battle outtakes including the classroom up-rocking scene, Ramón on a set of drums, and one dancer flipping off against a wall at the Burning Spear nightclub. Several other pieces of footage were included as well but were in freeze frame in the opening credits of the film. The trailer also includes an alternate version of title song performed by Kool Moe Dee, (who appears in the film in the "Christmas Rappin'" sequence with the rest of the Treacherous Three), which also did not appear in the movie nor on the original soundtrack albums. 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 »

Quotes

Kenny 'Double K' Kirkland: This ain't New York, this the Bronx!
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Featured in How Hip Hop Changed the World (2011) See more »

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