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Rappin' (1985)

 -  Drama | Music | Musical  -  11 May 1985 (USA)
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An ex-con and break-dancer helps save a neighborhood from a greedy developer while trying to win a rap contest.

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Melvin Plowden ...
Fats
Richie Abanes ...
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Moon
Leo O'Brien ...
Allan
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Duane (as Charles Flohe)
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Ruth Jaroslow ...
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Michael Esihos ...
Stavros
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Mr. Fiorello
Fredric Mao ...
Mr. Chan
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Cecilia
Brandi Freund ...
Rosalita
Eyde Byrde ...
Grandma (as Edye Byrde)
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An ex-con and break-dancer helps save a neighborhood from a greedy developer while trying to win a rap contest.

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Catch the rhythm... Feel the heat... It's the hottest film comin' to the street.

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'Mario Van Peeble''s rapping sequences were re-voiced by Ice-T. See more »

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Referenced in Ethnic Notions (1986) See more »

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Snack Attack
Performed by Melvin Plowden, Mario Van Peebles, Eriq La Salle, Kadeem Hardison, Richie Abanes
Written by Larry K. Smith (as Larry Smith), Robert Jay Litz (as Robert Litz),
Adam Friedman, Mario Van Peebles, Robert Kobrin
Produced by Larry K. Smith (as Larry Smith)
Co-Produced by Steve Loeb
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Hollywood's failed attempt at accepting another "culture"
20 June 2000 | by (Pasco, Washington) – See all my reviews

With the success of "Beat Street" and "Breakin'", Hollywood felt it was the right time to exploit the world of rap music. Keep in mind that this was 1985, and the music was still being promoted by the music. No videos, no shiny record covers, just the music and the people. With that in mind, someone felt it was pretty good to make a film about a few people struggling for a better life, and doing it by having each character rap during key moments in the movie. I don't know what they were thinking, maybe a "West Side Story" for the breakdancers? While this movie could (and should) be exposed as weak, there's a small part inside of you that you eat up like cake. Sure it's cheesy, but at the same time their hearts were in the right place, just not doing it correctly. Mario Van Peebles tries to rap, but the high/lowlight has got to be the ending of the movie, when the entire cast is given a few lines to rap, including the "cowboy" character. And you thought Eminem was the first white wonder.


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