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Beat Street (1984)

PG | | Drama, Music | 8 June 1984 (USA)
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:
Guy Davis ...
Jon Chardiet ...
Leon W. Grant ...
Carmen Cararro
Robert Taylor ...
Cora (as Mary Alice Smith)
Jim Borrelli ...
Dean Elliott ...
Franc Reyes ...


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Release Date:

8 June 1984 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Perfect Beat  »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,218,040, 10 June 1984

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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


Spit was based on a real-life graffiti artist named Cap who was featured in the documentary Style Wars (1983). Cap would deface other graffiti artists' work by painting his name over them. 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 »


Kenny 'Double K' Kirkland: This ain't New York, this the Bronx!
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Beat Street Breakdown
Composed by Melle Mel, Reggie Griffin, Sylvia Robinson
Performed by Melle Mel
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A Piece Of American History.
3 July 2005 | by See all my reviews

This started out to be a movie about the street culture of the Bronx in New York. What it accomplished was to give birth to a new culture and way of life, for American youth. What other movie has done this except Rebel Without A Cause? One of the most important movies of all time. The elements are simple yet fascinating. The story is timeless, young people try to succeed against all odds. Yet the story is always believable and never depressing. The characters are so realistic, a city dweller, would recognize them as neighbors. The story is entertaining, and comes to a satisfying ending. Buy this one for your permanent collection. It is a piece of American history.

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