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Wild Style (1983)

Zoro, the city's hottest and most elusive graffiti writer. The actual story of the movie concerns the tension between Zoro's passion for his art and his personal life, particularly his ... See full summary »

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Charlie Ahearn

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
'Lee' George Quinones ... Raymond 'Zoro'
Lady Pink Lady Pink ... Rose 'Lady Bug' (as Sandra 'Pink' Fabara)
Fab 5 Freddy ... 'Phade' (as Frederick Braithwaite)
Patti Astor Patti Astor ... Virginia
Andrew Witten Andrew Witten ... Z-Roc (as Zephyr)
Busy Bee Busy Bee ... Chief Rocker
Carlos Morales Carlos Morales ... Hector
Alfredo Valez Alfredo Valez ... Chico
Niva Kislac Niva Kislac ... Niva
Glenn O'Brien Glenn O'Brien ... Museum Curator
Johnny 'Crash' Matos Johnny 'Crash' Matos ... Union Crew
Daze Daze ... Union Crew (as Chris 'Daze' Ellis)
Fred 'Caz' Glover Fred 'Caz' Glover ... Union Crew
Edwin 'Obe' Ortez Edwin 'Obe' Ortez ... Union Crew
Lisa Lee Lisa Lee ... Fly Girl
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Zoro, the city's hottest and most elusive graffiti writer. The actual story of the movie concerns the tension between Zoro's passion for his art and his personal life, particularly his strained relationship with fellow artist Rose. But this isn't why one watches Wild Style--this movie is *the* classic hip-hop flick, full of great subway shots, breakdancing, freestyle MCing and rare footage of one of the godfathers of hip-hop, Grandmaster Flash, pulling off an awesome scratch-mix set on a pair of ancient turntables. A must-see for anyone interested in hip-hop music and culture. Written by Leon

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Break Dancing Graffiti Rap See more »

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Drama | Music

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 November 1983 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Estilo salvaje See more »

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Wild Style See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The stick-up guys were cast when Charlie Ahearn saw them hanging around the location. Ahearn offered them a prop gun but they insisted on using their real sawed-off shotgun. All of their lines were improvised. See more »

Goofs

At 6:18 Hector tells Raymond 'Zoro' to take off his do-rag. Then Ray's hair pops back and forth between being flat from the do-rag to a picked out Afro during their conversation. See more »

Quotes

'Phade': Scooby Doo!
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Connections

Featured in Freestyle: The Art of Rhyme (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

South Bronx Subway Rap
Composed by Fab 5 Freddy and Chris Stein
Performed by Grandmaster Caz
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Not a movie in the conventional way - but a unique snapshot of a moment in time that changed the musical world
5 September 2006 | by john-goodman-1See all my reviews

If you want a movie with a plot and a story, this isn't for you. If you want to see the founding fathers of a musical movement which changed the world, this is it. It's the real deal - the artists play themselves, and there are extensive breaks showing all that was wonderful about rap, graffiti and break-dancing in NYC in the early 80's. I was lucky enough to live there at the time, and I will never forget the amazement of seeing full-painted subway cars, and hearing the unique beats of Red Alert and his kind on Kiss and WBLS. This movie captures a wonderful moment in time.It was the best of times, it was ... the best of times. I have no idea where all these people are now, but if you ever read this - thanks - you changed my life.


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