Breakin' (1984)

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'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.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kelly / Special K
Ozone / Orlando (as Adolfo 'Shabba-Doo' Quinones)
Turbo / Tony (as Michael 'Boogaloo Shrimp' Chambers)
Ben Lokey ...
Phineas Newborn III ...
Bruno Falcon ...
Electro Rock 1 (as Bruno 'Pop N' Taco' Falcon)
Timothy Solomon ...
Electro Rock 2 (as Timothy 'Poppin' Pete' Solomon)
Ana Sánchez ...
Electro Rock 3 (as Ana 'Lollipop' Sanchez)
Rap Talker (as Ice T)
Peter Bromilow ...
Eleanor Zee ...
Scott Cooper ...
Judge's Assistant
Teresa Kelly ...
Vicky (as T.C. Laughlin)


'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.

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For the break of your life! Push it to pop it! Rock it to lock it! Break it to make it! See more »


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4 May 1984 (USA)  »

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Breakdance  »

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$36,100,000 (USA)

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1.37 : 1
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Because of the films' success, Menahem Golan immediately green-lit the sequel, Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo (1984) which would be released late in the year. See more »


When James and Adam are watching Kelly, Turbo and Ozone dancing at the Radio-Tron, you can hear "Right on!" But neither Adam nor James lips move. See more »


Turbo: [Talking in the mirror, using a broomstick as a microphone] I want, to thank you for this award. It's the recognition for my peers, it's all those agonizing days, teaching Ozone everything I know.
Ozone: I don't want to stay, all night don't you? Why don't you, go out and sweep man?
Turbo: Award winners, don't push brooms.
Ozone: Yeah, go out and sweep, kucklehead. Who are you anyway, Fred Astaire?
Turbo: Who?
Turbo: [dances to breakdance music, with the broom]
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Referenced in Community: Comparative Religion (2009) See more »


Written by Chris "The Glove" Taylor
Rap by Ice-T (as Ice T)
Produced by Chris "The Glove" Taylor
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Good..for what it is!
25 January 2003 | by (middlesbrough, england) – See all my reviews

OK, so it's no Oscar winner, and it's plot does'nt run rings round THE NINTH CONFIGURATION, but for all it's faults (and they are many!) BREAKIN (breakdance in the UK) is good, slightly corny fun, for all those who tried to spin on their heads in the early eighties. LUCINDA DICKEY (a CANNON regular, check her out in NINJA 3;THE DOMINATION!)) plays Kelly, struggling dancer/waitress, who dreams of appearing in a big musical. She is introduced to two 'break'dancers (OZONE and TURBO) by her (very homosexual) dancing partner (replete with pink gear and camp looks to camera) And even though the dance fraternity pour scorn on a classicly trained dancer melding her style with 'ghetto' dancing, Kelly, Turbo and Ozone take on the bigwigs, and prove that dancing (of any origin) is universal.

BREAKIN was released by GOLAN/GLOBUS, who imedietly rushed out a sequel (BREAKIN 2; ELECTRIC BOOGALOO) the same year (the sequel is pretty sh*t, by the way!) and for sheer 'BREAK' dancing, BEAT STREET wins hands down. BREAKIN, involves more 'body-poppin', than actual break dancing. Nonetheless, the movie is light enough, free of the pretension that sunk FLASHDANCE, and has a very good soundtrack, including "aint nobody" and "tour de France" add to that, a young(ish) ICE T cameo.....AND if you can spot him, a young JEAN CLAUDE VAN DAMME, dancing in the background in the opening sequence in venice beach (clue; he's wearing a similar all-in-one black body suit, that he wore in LIONHEART (aka AWOL in UK)

A good solid movie/time capsual/soundtrack/laugh/innofensive family movie

10 out of 10

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