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)
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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The sexy singer. The sharp manager. The street-smart guys.They're rockin' it the hard way.... And in the streets, on the subways, and in the clubs, they're creating the sound no one's ever heard before. See more »


Comedy | Drama | Music


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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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Spike Lee inquired about the possibility of working as an assistant director to help fund his film She's Gotta Have It (1986) but didn't get the job. See more »


When the fat boys are singing all you can eat in the when they go to the cashier with the food if you look in front of the restaurant you will see a crew member standing at the door making sure nobody goes inside. You can also see people looking inside while the scene is being filmed. See more »


Rick: That guy was a sucker, man. Carmen, file this.
[He hands her the "accounting book" -- a trashed out spiral notebook.]
Carmen: [rolls eyes and files the book by tossing it aside on a nearby table.]
Rick: Damn. Take all my money out of that bank.
Carmen: We don't have an account.
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Referenced in Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son (2011) See more »


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Performed by 'New Edition'
Written by Bobby Hart and Dick Eastman
Courtesy of MCA Records
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the most underrated rock n roll movie of the 1980s
30 April 2000 | by (somewhere) – See all my reviews

Krush Groove is the most underrated rock n roll movie of the 1980s. Is it the Best music film of the 80s? No that title belongs to Purple Rain. Actually Krush Groove attempts to redo Rain's successful formula, using talented musicians generally playing themselves in a fictitious story with some realistic elements. It actually came out a year or so too early, with rap and hip hop still generally a black phenomenon despite Blondie's #1 pop `Rapture'. (Debbie Harry makes an appearance here portraying a club singer.) The one `Actor' not playing himself was Blair Underwood who played the character Russell Walker (While the REAL Russell Simmons played a stage hand named Crocket)

The story deals with a number of rap artists Run DMC, Kurtis Blow and the Fat boys in their efforts to make it big as hip hop stars. It deals with the good and bad of having a hit record on a small independent record label, competition between two brothers over the heart of a young female singer (Sheila E.), the consequences of borrowing money from a loan shark, the opportunity to sign with a major label and a talent contest looking for new hip hop talent. The contest includes an appearance from New Edition, an all too brief appearance from future superstars The Beastie Boys and an in studio audition from LL Cool J. The film was rated `R' generally for some mild violence and usage of the `F' word. (Six instances where two would automatically mean an `R' rating) It didn't do too hot at the box office. I had stated that the film came out a year or so too early. The reason I stated this was that in 1986, one year following this film's release, Run DMC's cover of Aerosmith's Walk This Way got heavy airplay on white radio, even going to number1 on album rock radio in Aerosmith's homebase of Boston MA. This success opened the door for The Beastie Boys, The Fat Boys, LL Cool J, Will Smith (known at that time as The Fresh Prince) and a large number of other hip hop and rap artists to score BIG on the Pop singles and pop album charts.

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