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Breakin' (1984)

PG | | Comedy, Drama, Music | 4 May 1984 (USA)
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A struggling young jazz dancer meets up with two break-dancers. Together they become the sensation of the street crowds.

Director:

Joel Silberg

Writers:

Charles Parker (story), Allen DeBevoise (story) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lucinda Dickey ... Kelly / Special K
Adolfo Quinones ... Ozone / Orlando (as Adolfo 'Shabba-Doo' Quinones)
Michael Chambers ... Turbo / Tony (as Michael 'Boogaloo Shrimp' Chambers)
Ben Lokey ... Franco
Christopher McDonald ... James
Phineas Newborn III Phineas Newborn III ... Adam
Bruno Falcon Bruno Falcon ... Electro Rock 1 (as Bruno 'Pop N' Taco' Falcon)
Timothy Solomon Timothy Solomon ... Electro Rock 2 (as Timothy 'Poppin' Pete' Solomon)
Ana Sánchez Ana Sánchez ... Electro Rock 3 (as Ana 'Lollipop' Sanchez)
Ice-T ... Rap Talker (as Ice T)
Peter Bromilow Peter Bromilow ... Judge
Eleanor Zee Eleanor Zee ... Judge
Scott Cooper Scott Cooper ... Judge
Eb Lottimer ... Judge's Assistant
Teresa Kelly Teresa Kelly ... Vicky (as T.C. Laughlin)
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Storyline

A struggling young jazz dancer meets up with two break-dancers. Together they become the sensation of the street crowds.

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Taglines:

For the break of your life! Push it to pop it! Rock it to lock it! Break it to make it! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Music | Romance

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Official Sites:

MGM

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 May 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Breakdance See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,047,686, 6 May 1984, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$38,682,707

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$57,456,707
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Golan-Globus Productions See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film was the first of the two break dancing films that were released in 1984 to open first. The other break dancing film, "Beat Street," was Orion Films' Beat Street (1984). Breakin' was released on May 4 and Beat Street on June 8. See more »

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In the last audition scene, Kelly and Turbo are seen ripping off their sleeves, but in a brief long shot, their jackets are still on. See more »

Quotes

Waiter: Alright, now. Let me get this straight. Humor me. You want me - to put you and your - street dancing friends on the same stage as trained, professional dancers?
Kelly: Well, come see for yourself then. We're goin' agains Electro Rock tonight.
Waiter: Electro? What?
Kelly: Electro Rock. We got a score to settle. This time we're gonna cut 'em bad.
Waiter: Well, you've, eh, you really talkin' like a street person. You, eh, packin' a blade?
Kelly: Yeah.
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Referenced in Remote Control (1988) See more »

Soundtracks

Heart of the Beat
Written by Dan Hartman and Charlie Midnight
Performed by 3V
Produced by Dan Hartman
Remix by Jellybean Benítez (as John "Jellybean" Benitez)
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AIN'T NO STOPPIN' A GOOD MOVIE!
29 October 2001 | by zach-27See all my reviews

I just viewed an old tape of "Breakin'" last night. It's been 17 years since I first viewed it at the movies. However, I can't believe the powerful effect it still has on me. Yes, admittedly, the plot is not original, the screenplay is truly by-the-numbers, and the acting is generally amateurish. Yet, in spite of these shortcomings, the movie is still catchy, sincere, and engrossing. That's because of the talented stars who really love what they do, namely, breakdancing and "poppin' and lockin'," along with the stimulating, get-on-your-feet dance music.

This movie is like a time capsule of the 80s, with hints of the future. Moreover, I still find it to be inspirational, motivational, and hypnotic. Looking at these streetdancers and the jazz dancer go after their dreams with sheer determination, talent, and grit makes me want to jump up and do the same thing! Yes, I'm nearly fifty, but looking at this movie gave me another shot of adrenalin to do what I need to do in my daily life. "Ain't no stoppin' us" is the endless musical mantra in "Breakin'"...nothing stopped the dancers, and nothing's going to stop me, either. Watch "Breakin'" for yourself, and you'll see what I mean. 9/10 Rating.


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