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Release Date:
25 October 1985 (USA) See more »
It's chillin'! See more »
In this movie based on the early days of Def Jam Recordings, up-and-coming manager Russell Walker has... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Sheila E. ... Herself

Joseph Simmons ... Himself (Run-D.M.C)

Darryl McDaniels ... 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 ... Himself

Blair Underwood ... Russell Walker
Ricky Bell ... Himself (New Edition)
Michael Lamone Bivins ... Himself (New Edition) (as Michael Bivins)

Bobby Brown ... Himself (New Edition) (as New Edition)
Ronald De Voe ... Himself (New Edition) (as New Edition)

Ralph E. Tresvant ... Himself (New Edition) (as Ralph Tresvant)

LisaGay Hamilton ... Aisha
Daniel Simmons ... Reverend Walker

Russell Simmons ... Crocket
Charles Stettler ... Terri Beiker

Rick Rubin ... Rick
Sal Abbatiello ... Sal

Adam Horovitz ... Himself (Beastie Boys)

Adam Yauch ... Himself (Beastie Boys) (as Adam Youck)

Mike D ... Himself (Beastie Boys)

Donnie Simpson ... Contest MC
Karen Moss ... Karen

Andre Harrell ... Himself (as Dr. Jeckyll)
Mr. Hyde ... Himself
Galaxy ... Himself
Chad Elliot ... Chad
Michael Lewis ... Mandingo
B-Fine ... Enforcer #1

Paul Anthony ... Enforcer #2
Sweet G. ... Fever D.J
Mr. Magic ... Himself

LL Cool J ... Himself
Nayobe ... Herself
Michael Kaufman ... Loan Officer
Elaine Shapiro ... Mrs. Ekhardt
John MacKay ... Dean
Karl Schröder ... Car Wash Boss
Heidi Smith ... Carmen
Leon Stephenson ... Scar
Benny Rietveld ... Sheila's Friend / Sheila E.'s Band
Haoui Montaug ... Danceteria D.J
Julian Jackson ... Man in Bar
Sunshine Wright ... Kurtis Blow's Girl
Sandra J. Wright ... Kurtis Blow's Girl
Jeffrey Fludd ... Hollis Crew
Douglas Hayes ... Hollis Crew
Danny Hayton ... Hollis Crew
Ernest Mobily ... Hollis Crew
Raymond White ... Hollis Crew
Terry Williams ... Hollis Crew
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Richard Gant ... Jay B (as Richard E. Gant)
Sharon Porter-Phillips
Stef Burns ... Sheila E.'s Band (uncredited)
Susie Davis ... Sheila E.'s Band (uncredited)
Juan Escovedo ... Sheila E.'s Band (uncredited)
Ken Grey ... Sheila E.'s Band (uncredited)
Eddie Minnifield ... Sheila E.'s Band (uncredited)

Coati Mundi ... Record Shop Owner (uncredited)
Karl Perazzo ... Sheila E.'s Band (uncredited)

Chris Pringle ... Himself (uncredited)

Chris Rock ... Person Standing Next to Club Phone During Fight (uncredited)
Vicky Ruane ... Girl Friday (uncredited)

Kara Vallow ... Hip-Hop dancer (uncredited)
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Directed by
Michael Schultz 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Ralph Farquhar 

Produced by
Shirley Calloway .... associate producer
George Jackson .... executive producer (as George A. Jackson)
Lauren Jones .... associate producer (as Gloria Schultz)
Robert O. Kaplan .... executive producer
Doug McHenry .... producer
Michael Schultz .... producer
Russell Simmons .... co-producer
Dwight Williams .... associate producer
Cinematography by
Ernest R. Dickerson  (as Ernest Dickerson)
Film Editing by
Jerry Bixman 
Conrad M. Gonzalez 
Casting by
Pat Golden 
Production Design by
Mischa Petrow 
Set Decoration by
John Lawless 
James Sherman  (as James Paul Sherman)
Costume Design by
Dianne Finn-Chapman 
Makeup Department
James Hajdukiewicz .... hair stylist
James Hajdukiewicz .... makeup artist
Aaron F. Quarles .... hair stylist
Aaron F. Quarles .... makeup artist
Production Management
Preston L. Holmes .... unit production manager
John Orland .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Michea Caye .... second second assistant director
Larry Lerner .... second second assistant director
Joseph Ray .... key second assistant director
Carol L. Vitkay .... dga trainee
Dwight Williams .... first assistant director
Art Department
Joan Brockschmidt .... props
Charles Cecil .... stand-by carpenter
Jeffrey Crandell .... production assistant: art department
Anthony Dunne .... construction coordinator
Melba Katzman Farquhar .... assistant to production designer (as Melba L. Katzman-Farquhar)
Tyler Kim .... production assistant: art department
Andrew Lassman .... property master (as Andy Lassman)
Kristin McNiff .... assistant to production designer (as Kristin M. McNiff)
David Moon .... master scenic artist
Rhoda E. Neal .... set dresser
Mark Nissenholtz .... stand-by scenic artist
Andrei Petrow .... production assistant: art department
Richard Lee Sisco Jr. .... storyboard artist
Lynn Tonnessen .... set dresser (as B. Lynn Tonnessen)
Sound Department
Alexandra Baltarzuk .... production assistant: sound department
Elizabeth Heddens .... production assistant: sound department
David J. Hudson .... sound re-recording engineer
Dale Johnston .... sound editor
Lawrence Loewinger .... sound mixer
Mel Metcalfe .... sound re-recording engineer
Terry Porter .... sound re-recording engineer
Sandra J. Tait .... production assistant: sound department
Jerome R. Vitucci .... boom operator (as Jerome Vitucci)
Visual Effects by
Michael Cohen .... video and digital audio technician
Camera and Electrical Department
Michael F. Barrow .... gaffer
Edward Cohen .... best boy (as Edward A. Cohen)
Gary R. Farley .... additional assistant camera
Michael Fedack .... grip (as Michael John Fedack)
Ken Ferris .... additional camera operator
David J. Frederick .... first assistant camera (as David Frederick)
Holly Heinzmann .... second assistant camera
Haddon Hufford .... dolly grip
Robert Ippolito .... second grip (as Robert J. Ippolito)
Jeff Levy .... additional gaffer
Eric Liebowitz .... still photographer
Constantine Makris .... camera operator: second unit
Abbie Carey Miller .... electrician (as Abbie J. Carey)
David J. Miller .... second assistant camera
George Pattison .... key grip
Frank Prinzi .... additional camera operator
Lowell Schulman .... electrician
Daniel L. Turrett .... camera operator (as Dan Turrett)
Li-Shin Yu .... additional assistant camera
Darryl Walthall .... camera production assistant (uncredited)
Casting Department
Lauren Craig .... casting assistant
John McCabe .... extras casting
Brent Owens .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Ilene Barnes .... wardrobe assistant
Barbara Krauthamer .... wardrobe assistant
Susie Money .... wardrobe supervisor
Editorial Department
Donah Bassett .... negative cutter (as Donah J. Bassett)
Hubert de La Bouillerie .... assistant editor (as Hubert de la Bouillerie)
David Ekstrom .... apprentice editor (as David W. Ekstrom)
Richard B. Hassen .... post-production coordinator
Alan Kozlowski .... supervising editor
Carol Oblath .... assistant editor
Brent Emil Schaefer .... assistant editor
Gregory Everett .... apprentice editor (uncredited)
Music Department
Kurtis Blow .... music supervisor
David Lombard .... music coordinator
Transportation Department
Patrick J. Feerick .... transportation coordinator
Thomas Reilly .... transportation captain (as Tommy Reilly)
Other crew
Katherine Banks .... production assistant
Sherry Baumgart .... assistant production coordinator
James Bigwood .... production auditor
James Bond .... production assistant
Ed Dessisso .... location manager
Patricia Anne Doherty .... assistant location manager
Kevin Dowd .... assistant location manager
Lori Eastside .... choreographer
Camilla Fluxman .... pre-production coordinator
Hélène Guétary .... special consultant: danceteria sequence
Reginald M. Hampton .... production assistant
Coral Hawthorne .... assistant to producers
Laura S. Hay .... production assistant
Patrick Holmes .... production assistant
Erin Ickes .... production assistant
Mark Johnson .... production assistant
Clarence P. Jones Jr. .... production assistant
Lauren Jones .... acting coach
Alan Kozlowski .... post-production video system designer (as Alan J. Kozlowski)
Adeline Leonard Seakwood .... production coordinator
Stewart Lewis .... production assistant
Alberta Lignabou .... production assistant
Magdalena Mitchell .... production assistant
Brent Owens .... promotional products coordinator
Larry Peoples .... production assistant
David Pomier .... location assistant
Russell Simmons .... story consultant
Barry Simpson .... production assistant
Delphine Snipes .... production assistant
Laura Stillman .... assistant production auditor
Sheryl Unsworth .... producers office assistant
Bruce Wallace .... choreographer
Dee Howard White .... production assistant
Christopher A. Williams .... production assistant
Louise M. Young .... script supervisor
Sal Abbatiello .... thanks
Clarence Avant .... thanks
Jac Holzman .... thanks
Douglas Rosen .... thanks
Charles Stettler .... thanks
Crew believed to be complete

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97 min
Color (Technicolor)
Sound Mix:
Canada:AA (Ontario) | Canada:G (Quebec) | Iceland:L | USA:R

Did You Know?

The movie debut of actress LisaGay HamiltonSee more »
Continuity: 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: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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Movie Connections:
Referenced in 4th Annual VH1 Hip-Hop Honors (2007) (TV)See more »
Feel the SpinSee more »


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Cheesy and uneven mix in the plotting but great way to see so many new artists of the period, 21 April 2012
Author: bob the moo from United Kingdom

Russell Walker is riding the wave of the hip-hop wave, with the new single from his group Run-DMC getting lots of heat on the street; problem is he just needs a little money to get more prints made to profit on it. With nowhere else to go he turns to a local loan shark to get the money, however it coincides with tensions with his brother Run. Meanwhile, on the outside looking in, the Disco 3 look for a way to get signed.

This film was recommended to me by a fellow user and old-school fan on this site and I made an effort to seek it out despite having never heard of it. The film is essentially a way of getting hot new artists into a film and doubling benefiting by giving them exposure and also getting money from people wanting to see them in a film. It is perhaps of little surprise then that the plotting isn't quite all it could have been. Based very loosely on the early days of Def Jam, this mostly fictionalised film can't decide quite what it wants to be. On one hand we the drama with Walker, in debt, in conflict with his brother Run over matters business and personal while also up to his neck in the sort of debts that get legs broken. These sections are handled seriously and contain swearing and a tough tone. By contrast we also have sections with the Fat Boys (partially here as the Disco 3) where the tone is much, much lighter as they mug around and play up the comedic side of their personas. These two aspects sit really uneasily beside one another – alone neither is great (although neither is bad) but together they just seem a very odd contrast and give the feeling of the film really not being sure what to do in terms of tone and story. Sometimes it works but too often it is a little cheesy and uneven and it makes it hard to enjoy as a story-driven film.

On the plus side, sitting between these two aspects is the music – lots of music. Shelia E, Kurtis Blow, Run-DMC, New Edition, the Fat Boys, Beastie Boys and a really impacting introduction for LL Cool J – all of them are given time to do a little bit within the context of the plot. LL makes the biggest splash with Radio, but Shelia E is great throughout and the other artists all please and satisfy. While the film may not have been very steady in terms of plot, with the music it totally knows what it wants to do. As actors I was pleasantly surprised to find that the majority of the cast were comfortable in front of the camera. The cast is led by Blair Underwood making his acting debut and he is pretty good with the more serious parts of the film. Run is also very natural and strong in the film. Shelia E is great on stage and great with the lighter stuff, but when the love interest stuff starts the material is weak and she seems stiff – in real contrast to her being on stage, making it stand out more. The Fat Boys are pretty funny throughout and really it was only Kurtis Blow that sounded like he was reading his lines off 20 foot high placards.

Overall then this is not a great film in terms of tone and plot but it does enough to avoid being a bad film in the way many similar ones have been. It seems to help that, although cashing in on the genre to a certain extent; it is being done from the inside rather than an outsider seeking to exploit others' success. The music is what it is all about though, and fans of this genre and period will get a lot of stuff to love here – ultimately this is who the film is aimed at and the target audience won't be disappointed.

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