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Breakin' (1984)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Music  |  4 May 1984 (USA)
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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:
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Kelly / Special K
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Ozone / Orlando (as Adolfo 'Shabba-Doo' Quinones)
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Turbo / Tony (as Michael 'Boogaloo Shrimp' Chambers)
Ben Lokey ...
Franco
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James
Phineas Newborn III ...
Adam
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)
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Rap Talker (as Ice T)
Peter Bromilow ...
Judge
Eleanor Zee ...
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Scott Cooper ...
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Teresa Kelly ...
Vicky (as T.C. Laughlin)
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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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For The Break Of Your Life! See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Music | Romance

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$36,100,000 (USA)
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Michael and Adolfo can briefly be seen separately dancing in the street and fire escape in the music video for Billy Joel's "Matter of Trust". See more »

Goofs

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 »

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Ozone: FOOL!
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Soundtracks

Heart of the Beat
Written by Dan Hartman and Charlie Midnight
Performed by 3V
Produced by Dan Hartman
Remix by Jellybean Benítez (as John "Jellybean" Benitez)
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A glimpse of what hip hop was to become
16 June 2000 | by (Pasco, Washington) – See all my reviews

Back in 1984, hip hop as a social phenomenon didn't exist. Hip hop was still the "trendy" music from New York City that somehow was gaining the attention of Hollywood. For some, it was great, for others it was the beginning of something that has yet to be recaptured, the innocence of a new and fresh musical artform, and a culture.

Nonetheless, "Breakin'" is a film that takes place in California where Kelly (Lucinda Dickey) is hoping to make it with her dancing. He goes to the beach and catches a dance routine with a few breakdancers, Turbo and Ozone. She loves it, and eventually becomes their friend. One of them finds her attractive, the other chooses to pop his way through life. Kelly's family doesn't want her to be hanging around with the "hoodlums", but Turbo and Ozone simply want to hang out and have fun. Kelly finds herself learning the street-style of dance, and treats it as a serious artform rather than a bunch of guys dancing on cardboard for the hell of it. Looking back, it seems very much like a Hollywood version of what can really happen when two cultures clash (shades of "West Side Story"), but the film has good music, good dancing, a decent story, and it looks back at a time when hip hop as a whole was trying its hardest to gain respect.

Five extra points for Lucinda Dickey, who was easily one of the more beautiful actresses of the 80's.


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