Krush Groove (1985)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Music  |  25 October 1985 (USA)
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In this movie based on the early days of Def Jam Recordings, up-and-coming manager Russell Walker manages all the hottest acts on the record label Krush Groove Records, which include ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Himself (Run-D.M.C)
Himself (Run-D.M.C.) (as Daryll McDaniels)
Jason Mizell ...
Himself (Run-D.M.C.)
Mark Morales ...
Himself (Fat Boys)
Damon Wimbley ...
Himself (Fat Boys)
Darren Robinson ...
Himself (Fat Boys) (as Darren 'Buffy' Robinson)
Kurtis Blow ...
Ricky Bell ...
Himself (New Edition)
Michael Lamont Bivins ...
Himself (New Edition) (as Michael Bivins)
Himself (New Edition) (as New Edition)
Ronnie DeVoe ...
Himself (New Edition) (as New Edition)
Himself (New Edition) (as Ralph Tresvant)


In this movie based on the early days of Def Jam Recordings, up-and-coming manager Russell Walker manages all the hottest acts on the record label Krush Groove Records, which include Run-D.M.C., Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde, and Kurtis Blow, while Rick (Rubin) produces the label's records. When Run-D.M.C. has a hit record and Russell doesn't have the money to press records, he borrows money from a street hustler. At the same time, Russell and and his brother Run both compete for the heart of R&B singer Sheila E. Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

25 October 1985 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Rap Attack  »

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$3,000,000 (estimated)

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The Krush Groove soundtrack peaked at #79 on the Pop charts and #14 on the R&B charts in the US. See more »


LL Cool J appears as himself in a scene halfway through the film where he auditions for Rick and the other Krush Groove management team. In that scene, it is presumed that LL Cool J is an unknown. However, near the beginning of the film, when Sheila E. is performing "A Love Bizarre" in a club, the name "LL Kool J" (sic) can be seen written on the chalkboard behind her on stage. The chalkboard is still seen during other performances before LL Cool J makes his appearance. See more »


Rick: Forget it, man. C'mon ... I think this guy's gay.
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Crazy Credits

The charcter of Russel Walker was based on the life of Russel Simmons. See more »


Referenced in Dogma (1999) See more »


I Can't Live Without My Radio
Performed by LL Cool J
Written by LL Cool J (as James Todd Smith) and Rick Rubin
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27 February 2011 | by (Saint Paul, MN) – See all my reviews

Hip-hop musical about the semi-fictionalized early days of Def Jam Recordings. Blair Underwood stars as Russell Walker (Simmons in real life), but all of the musical acts are portrayed by the actual people. This includes Run DMC, Sheila E., the Fat Boys, and Kurtis Blow, who make up the bulk of the plot (which is actually not too bad for what amounts to a series of musical performances). New Edition, LL Cool J and The Beastie Boys, as well as a few other forgotten artists, also appear briefly. Of course these acts were all on Def Jam, so the movie is little more than a commercial for these musicians, but who cares? The music is freaking awesome, and there's a ton of it. It's corny as Hell, but it left an enormous smile on my face. Just try to watch it without overdosing on giddiness during the Fat Boys' "All You Can Eat" number. You can't! It's impossible!

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