Rappin' (1985)

PG  |   |  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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Melvin Plowden ...
Richie Abanes ...
Leo O'Brien ...
Charles Grant ...
Duane (as Charles Flohe)
Rony Clanton ...
Ruth Jaroslow ...
Mrs. Goldberg
Michael Esihos ...
Anthony Bishop ...
Mr. Fiorello
Fredric Mao ...
Mr. Chan
Brandi Freund ...
Eyde Byrde ...
Grandma (as Edye Byrde)


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.


Drama | Music | Musical


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Release Date:

11 May 1985 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

House rap  »

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$2,000,000 (estimated)

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


Referenced in Ethnic Notions (1986) See more »


Performed by Mario Van Peebles (uncredited)
Written by Larry K. Smith (as Larry Smith), Robert Jay Litz (as Robert Litz), Adam Friedman, Mario Van Peebles, Leo O'Brien
Produced by Larry K. Smith (as Larry Smith)
Co-Produced by Steve Loeb
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Under-rated lost classic
3 August 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Very enjoyable and a feel good movie, a lot of fun, this should have been the next Saturday night fever or Rocky horror. This film is dull early on but really gets going from the quarter way stage, and it tries to show the underrated Mario Van Peebles as a kind of Robin Hood figure (he is called John "rappin" hood), out of jail and trying to re-discover himself and save his neighbourhood from a greedy property developer and save his brother from a life of crime and jail like his former self. Everyone is infuenced by the power of rap and all become better people for the experience (yes very cheesy) this is for sale on region 1 (where I purchased) but not in the UK where I live, the wonders of internet, credit cards and multi region players, even a happy ending for me :-) get this film, buy it and tell all your friends about it, it deserved to be a cult classic.

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