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Body Rock (1984)

Chilly is just a guy from the streets with a talent for break-dancing. When his wicked moves catch the eye of an industry pro, Chilly finds his dreams of fame and fortune coming true, for better or for worse.


Marcelo Epstein


Desmond Nakano (screenplay), Desmond Nakano (story) | 1 more credit »
2 nominations. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Lorenzo Lamas ... Chilly
Vicki Frederick ... Claire
Cameron Dye ... E-Z
Michelle Nicastro ... Darlene
Ray Sharkey ... Terrence Mitchell
Seth Kaufman Seth Kaufman ... Jama
La Ron A. Smith La Ron A. Smith ... Magick
Rene Elizondo Rene Elizondo ... Snake
Adolph 'Oz' Alvarez Adolph 'Oz' Alvarez ... Ricky Riccardo (as Oz Rock)
Joseph Whipp Joseph Whipp ... Donald
Grace Zabriskie ... Chilly's Mother
Tony Ganios ... Big Mac
Carole White ... Unemployment Lady (as Carole Ita White)
Ellen Gerstein ... Secretary
Russell Clark ... Jay


Chilly D is a young man in New York who just lives for the thrill of rapping and breakdancing with his gang, the Body Rocks. One night after performing in a club with his friends, Chilly gets an offer to perform at a high-class nightspot with a chance at becoming a star. He grabs the opportunity and soon he's on top of the world. Surrounded by all the trappings of his new-found fame, however, Chilly loses touch with the people and lifestyle that made him what he is. Will he turn his back forever on his past, or remain true to his roots? Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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Plot Keywords:

breakdance | 1980s | graffiti | kiss | dj | See All (28) »


Drama | Music | Musical


PG-13 | See all certifications »






Release Date:

28 September 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Body rock See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$631,849, 30 September 1984, Limited Release

Gross USA:

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Company Credits

Production Co:

New World Pictures See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


This film is listed among the 100 Most Enjoyably Bad Movies Ever Made in Golden Raspberry Award founder John WIlson's book THE OFFICIAL RAZZIE® MOVIE GUIDE. See more »


When the gang is dancing on the crosswalk, the vehicles waiting for them to cross change between shots. See more »


Darlene: Why don't you go screw her and talk to yourself? Better yet, go talk to her and screw yourself!
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References Once Upon a Time in America (1984) See more »


Smooth Talker
Performed by Lorenzo Lamas
Written by Mark Hudson, Michael Sembello and Danny Sembello
Produced by Mark Hudson
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Wow, this is....bad.
14 May 2018 | by ejonconradSee all my reviews

It's hard to even describe this movie or how it came into being. My guess is that a bunch of old white guys decided they wanted to get in the "rapping and break dancing thing", but they were too frightened of minorities to let actual break dancers get too close and they weren't entirely sure what rap even was.

"Chilly D", aka Lorenzo Lamas, is an aspiring "graffiti artist", but seeing he doesn't have a future there, he decides to make is as a "rapper and break dancer", and puts together a group of friends to impress a big promoter. He gets some lessons from some people who know how to break dance, and some of those scenes are pretty impressive, but it's strictly B-roll. Chilly himself can barely dance, and as for his rapping... well, another review described it like your "uncle who thinks he's cool", but I disagree; he sounds like someone who's *making fun* of your uncool uncle.

Anyway, they have their show, and the promotor's boss decides that he's going to single Chilly out and make him famous - in spite of the fact the Chilly is objectively the *least* talented guy in the crew. It's never clear what he becomes famous for, since he doesn't rap and other people do the dancing. He does do a halfway decent job on one song ("Smooth Talker"), but it's a straight 80s ballad, nothing at all to do with rap.

Anyway, you get the idea; it's the standard "talented guy gets famous and forgets his real friends until he has an epiphany" plot, except that he's not particularly talented, and he continues to treat his friends like crap. Basically, he remains a self-centered, misogynistic, homophobic jerk, who you kind of want to fail.

How to rate it? It's definitely not good, and while it has some "so bad it's good" charm, there are much better movies by that yardstick as well.

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