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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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Capture the energy, excitement, and rhythm on.... See more »

Genres:

Drama | Music

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

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
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Orion Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

About 80% of the footage in the original theatrical trailer is not included in the final cut. Examples include Ramo getting his bag ripped off while walking with Kenny and Charlie, several battle outtakes including the classroom up-rocking scene, Ramo on a set of drums, and one dancer flipping off against a wall at the Burning Spear nightclub. Several other pieces of footage were included as well but were in freeze frame in the opening credits of the film. The trailer also includes an alternate version of title song performed by Kool Moe Dee, (who appears in the film in the "Christmas Rappin'" sequence with the rest of the Treacherous Three), which also did not appear in the movie nor on the original soundtrack albums. See more »

Goofs

During the Roxy breakdancing battle, the three actors to the left of Rae Dawn Chong - a brunette woman, a blonde woman, and a man with a mustache - keep change the order they are standing next to one another. See more »

Quotes

Kenny 'Double K' Kirkland: This ain't New York, this the Bronx!
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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 Just to Get a Rep (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

Phony Four MC's - Wappin'
Performed by Ralph Rolle
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Great hip hop flick
21 November 2001 | by DunnDeeDaGreatSee all my reviews

When released in 1984, Beat Street was one of the best hip hop themed films released at the time. The movie gets a 10 just for combining all of the elements of hip hop which are the mc,dj, graff and b-boy. The soundtrack is one of the best I've ever heard.


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