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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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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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Warner Bros., now a Time Warner subsidiary, was originally set to be the film's distributor, but the company backed out, fearing that it would not profit from the film. Time Warner was also a part-owner of the film via Rhino Records, a division of Atlantic Records, until Time Warner sold Warner Music to private investors in 2004. 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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Wild Style (1983)
12 January 2012 | by Martin TellerSee all my reviews

Much like the later documentary STYLE WARS, this is a portrait of the blossoming New York hip hop scene of the early 80's, encompassing rap, break dancing, and graffiti art. However, this film weaves in a fictional plot line about a tagger (real graffiti artist "Lee" Quinones) struggling with his persona and his art and its place in society. As a film, the word that comes to mind is "amateurish". The cast consists mostly of real personalities from the scene, and none of them are particularly good at acting. The photography is lackluster and the editing is sloppy, and the low budget is obvious (a scene of people frolicking in a pile of money takes on an unintended comic edge when it turns out to be all $1 bills). But as a celebration of artistic expression, it's a joy. If the dramatic scenes aren't exactly Oscar-caliber, they're at least heartfelt, and serve well enough as the glue between the performances, which are electrifying. Featuring Grand Master Flash, Busy Bee, Lisa Lee, Double Trouble, Rock Steady Crew and more, and culminating in a dynamite outdoor amphitheater show, it's a showcase for a lot of great talent. Not the best filmmaking in the world, but a hell of a party.


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