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Beat Street (1984)

PG | | Drama, Music | 8 June 1984 (USA)
An aspiring DJ, from the South Bronx, and his best friend, a promoter, try to get into show business by exposing people to hip-hop music and culture.

Director:

Stan Lathan

Writers:

Steven Hager (story) (as Steve Hager), Andrew Davis (screenplay) (as Andy Davis) | 2 more credits »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rae Dawn Chong ... Tracy Carlson
Guy Davis Guy Davis ... Kenny 'Double K' Kirkland
Jon Chardiet ... Ramon
Leon W. Grant Leon W. Grant ... Chollie
Saundra Santiago ... Carmen Cararro
Robert Taylor Robert Taylor ... Lee Kirkland
Mary Alice ... Cora (as Mary Alice Smith)
Shawn Elliott ... Domingo
Jim Borrelli Jim Borrelli ... Monte
Dean Elliott Dean Elliott ... Henri
Franc Reyes Franc Reyes ... Luis
Tonya Pinkins ... Angela
Lee Chamberlin ... Alicia
Antonia Rey ... Flora
Duane Jones ... Robert
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Storyline

An upbeat, lets-put-on-a-show musical about the wonders of hip-hop music and culture that tells the story of Kenny, a young hip-hop artist living in the rough slums of the Bronx with his younger brother Lee and their mother Cora. Kenny dreams of making it big as a disc jockey and playing in the most swank of Manhattan nightclubs, the Roxy. Into their lives comes Tracy, a composer and assistant choreographer from the City College of New York, who inspires him to try to continue his dream while romance begins to grow between them, despite coming from different neighborhoods and worlds. Meanwhile, Lee is part of a break-dancing crew set on dominating the scene of their street. The rest of their friends include Ramon, a graffiti artist determined to spread his painting to every subway car in the city while dealing with his girlfriend Carmen and Chollie, a fellow disc jockey who becomes Kenny's manager after he lands him a gig at a Bronx club. Many hip-hop groups, electro artists, break ... Written by matt-282

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The music and break-dance explosion of the summer! See more »

Genres:

Drama | Music

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Trivia

According to Fast Break (who appeared in the Treacherous Three sequence), there was a classroom up-rocking battle scene that involved the New York City Breakers and the Rock Steady Crew, but it was cut. There was also more of the climatic battle between these two crews at the Roxy nightclub. See more »

Goofs

When Lee first starts dancing at the Roxy battle, he has a knee pad on his left knee. As he starts his backspin, it disappears. See more »

Quotes

Kenny 'Double K' Kirkland: Check it out: Cotton Field Chants and Hollers - Very Fresh!
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Alternate Versions

UK theatrical prints were edited by four seconds to obtain a "PG" rating. The 1986 and 2002 video releases were uncut and received a "15" classification, though in 2008 the rating was downgraded to "12," again without cuts. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #19.6 (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

Baptize the Beat
Written David Frank and Mic Murphy
Performed by The System
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Bronx Old School
26 September 2002 | by murphyguideSee all my reviews

Great time-capsule of the Bronx and 'hood in the 1980s, and the b-bop culture/dress/dance. Kids walking the snowy streets, abandoned buildings (sealed with concrete, then broken into), marked-up subway cars...New York as it was then. It's a well put-together, but not "slick", movie, with a good, believable story and characters with some depth. The breakdancing is "real" and pretty thrilling. I taught at Roosevelt High in the Bronx at this time, and this movie catches the scene. Interesting to note how upbeat, pleasant it all was, too, vs. today's more sinist


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Official Sites:

MGM

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 June 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Perfect Beat See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$9,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,218,040, 10 June 1984

Gross USA:

$16,595,791

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$16,595,791
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Orion Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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