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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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Drama | Music

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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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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Charlie Ahearn had to get approval to shoot in the MTA train yards three months in advance. The use of the yard would cost him $25,000. On the first night of filming, it rained constantly, which caused lots of problems with the production. 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 »

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'Phade': Scooby Doo!
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Featured in 4th Annual VH1 Hip-Hop Honors (2007) See more »

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Down By Law
Composed by Fab 5 Freddy and Chris Stein
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Never exaggerating if I say this is a true Hip Hop Classic..
3 June 2002 | by ErnastoSee all my reviews

If you think you are a true Hip Hop fan and when I talk about Wild Style and you are asking me "What?", then something must be wrong...

Wild Style is the first and true Hip Hop documentary/film about a culture that remained one of the strongest of the past few decades. Never has there been an artform of music that was just basically made of other music styles, but has managed to grow and evolve on its own.

If you want to understand the basic elements of Hip Hop (Rappin', DJin', Breakdancin' & Grafitti) then don't look any further, here's what you need.

As one of the top titles wanted on my "Please-Release-It-On-DVD-List", this movie is not a movie in its real form. Because it was pretty much lowbudget, it has a feel of documentary, but it certainly has a story. Not very much, but the knowledge that almost everyone of the cast was/is someone in the Hip Hop Community 1982, makes this title very interesting to see what they contribute to this movie, and Hip Hop in general.

You've probably read the plot outlines in other reviews, so I won't tell you anything you've already read in those reviews. All I can say is, if you wanna know what the TRUE meaning is of Hip Hop, instead of the BLING-BLING type o' Hip Hop which is totally (well, almost totally) commercialised, see if you can get a copy of this movie and "take a trip down memory lane", like my man Nas said in his 1994 DJ Premier produced cut "Memory Lane (Sitting In Da Park)", another Hip Hop Gem..

RECOMMENDED!!


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