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


Joel Silberg


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


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

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


Comedy | Drama | Music | Romance


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Because of the films' success, Menahem Golan immediately green-lit the sequel, Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo (1984) which would be released late in the year. See more »


In the second dance battle scene in the club, Ice-T can clearly be seen rapping/talking into the microphone in the background yet we do not hear him at all. All that can be heard is music and the main characters dialog. See more »


Adam: Some people love you for your body. Me, it's your charming wit.
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99 ½
Written by John Footman and Maxi Anderson
Performed by Carol Lynn Townes
Produced and Mixed by Rod Hui for Rodway Productions
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4 January 2014 | by utgard14See all my reviews

Formula dance movie with the distinctly '80s flavor of break dancing added to it. Aspiring jazz dancer Kelly (Lucinda Dickey) teams up with two street dancers, Ozone (Adolfo Quinones) and Turbo (Michael Chambers). They prepare for the inevitable "big audition," as well as dealing with Kelly's villainous former dance instructor and a rival street dance crew. The tension with the rival crew named Electro Rock provides for the movie's most unintentionally hilarious scenes. It's hard to take that crap seriously. Several dangling plot lines are left unresolved, which shows you how much attention was paid to the script. Turbo has a dance number with a broom where you can see the wires attached to the broom handle, which shows how much attention was paid to direction. Objectively, it's a bad movie but not without its charms. Corny in the extreme but some genuinely entertaining moments, as well as some laughs to be had at its expense.

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Release Date:

4 May 1984 (USA) See more »

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Breakin' See more »


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Opening Weekend USA:

$6,047,686, 6 May 1984

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1.37 : 1
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