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Krush Groove -- Old school rap and R&B stars are featured in this high-energy street musical that follows the ups and downs of a determined young record entrepreneur.


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Release Date:
25 October 1985 (USA) See more »
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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 Lamont Bivins ... Himself (New Edition) (as Michael Bivins)

Bobby Brown ... Himself (New Edition) (as New Edition)
Ronnie DeVoe ... 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)
Branden Marlowe ... Club Kid (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)

Ronda Swindell ... Student (uncredited)

Kara Vallow ... Hip-Hop dancer (uncredited)

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)
Tom Ruff .... a.d.r. mixer (uncredited)
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 »
Crew or equipment visible: 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 »
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Referenced in Beastie Boys: Video Anthology (2000) (V)See more »
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phat beats, so-so filmmaking, 12 November 2014
Author: MisterWhiplash from United States

It's impossible, or close to it, to try and talk about Krush Groove the way that a usual movie review would go about it. I can't really speak much to the quality of the direction as it's by a hack (the director Michael Schultz has such illustrious credits to him like Car Wash, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band and Rock 'n' Roll Mom), and while the cinematographer is a man with some name recognition for buffs, Ernest Dickerson, of many of Spike Lee's best films, it too isn't anything to write at length in detailed form (save maybe for one interior bedroom scene at Sheila E's place in the middle of the night that's kind of moody). And the plot, oh, don't go there too fast.

If I had to try and sum up the story it would have to just come down to this: it's got two stories, one more dramatic and one more comic, more or less (emphasis on that really), and one is about the start of the careers of rappers RUN DMC, Kurtis Blow and Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde via Russell Simmons and Def Jam Records, plus Sheila E, and the other is about, yup, The Fat Boys, the rappers who are up to no good at the Sbarro's All-You-Can-Eat buffet.

But if I were to tell someone about this movie, or more to the point tell them if Krush Groove is worth they're time on Netflix or to seek out on DVD, then telling about the story would be third or fourth, if at all, on my list of things to talk about. It's got a story about as complicated as that of Burlesque, only with slightly better (just slightly, like by a nose-hair's length) dialog.

No, no, good reader, see this because it's got mother-busting RUN DMC, Kurtis Blow, (most of all for some guilty-pleasure fans) The Fat Boys, and a slew of other memorable and not-so-memorable old-school rap acts out of the mid 1980's NYC rap scene. It's a time and place that seems so ancient now even as it was still part of the post-modern era that we're in now. It's got some lay-overs from the 70's- a disco club that the rappers go to after a gig, for example, and some of the music seems to carry over from it in the beats- but its really its own thing.

For me it's nothing short of amazing that aside from the talent that is actually on display, how effective Run and DMC and everyone else were at the time of crafting they're raps to be about things, if only sometimes about having fun, is that it's a rap age that had an innocence to it. This isn't to say Kurtis Blow or other rappers like Grandmaster Flash didn't rap about real s**t going on in the streets, but the tone was different, less of the "Bitches and money" crappola that's sunken rap into the shitter for so long.

To see the rappers in this movie, from the main acts to the "smaller" ones (um, LL Cool J and The Beastie Boys for brief appearances), are to see acts that can stupify with the ease with which they lay their tricky rock-and-rhymes. Not all of the acts blow one out of the water- Sheila E's first song (not the Hollyrock, the other one) is weak, and New Edition, well, let's not go their shall we into aluminum-foil suit-ville.

But the ones that do make the movie a lot of fun, as nostalgia and just as straight musical entertainment that flows well. And when it means to be a comedy, as silly as it can be with those joyful idiot Fat Boys, it's very funny (the buffet I mentioned before had me cracking up laughing, and I knew it was intentional comedy thankfully). It's when it's a drama that it's a little shakier since not all of the actors, even the real ones like Blair Underwood playing the Simmons surrogate, have much experience. They do alright, but it's a storyline that is so cookie cutter it's biggest shock is how fast it goes through the motions.

Krush Groove, sadly, didn't become bigger than E.T. like the original bet was between Ben Affleck and Matt Damon in Kevin Smith's Dogma. But in its own right, for some, maybe it had (or could have?) just as much a special place on the video shelf. It works best as a slice of a time period, with some dated clothes and still funky and wicked beats and Rick Rubin (!) and cool rhymes done by people who know what they're doing. Sometimes with a music movie I just want to be able to go as soon as the movie ends to check out as much of the music as possible. You can rest assured, and hopefully this is the big recommendation, a Fat Boys CD will be coming express mail by the end of this week.

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