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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 »
1 nomination. See more awards »

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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:

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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Breakdance was created by African Americans in 1971. However by 1978, it was losing its popularity with Blacks. Puerto Rican kids picked it up and breathed new life into it. See more »

Goofs

Towards the end of the movie when Kelly and Ozone are arguing at Venice Beach, the last shot of that scene as they are walking away; Ozone says, "I want to show you what real dancing is about." You can see that Ozone's lips don't move, but you can still hear him say something. See more »

Quotes

Kelly: Street dancing belongs on the street. It won't get you to Broadway.
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Connections

Referenced in Homestarrunner.com: Everything Else, Volume 2 (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Showdown
Written by Ollie E. Brown and Joe Curiale
Performed by Ollie & Jerry
Produced by Ollie E. Brown for Brown Sugar Productions
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A glimpse of what hip hop was to become
16 June 2000 | by John BookSee all my reviews

Back in 1984, hip hop as a social phenomenon didn't exist. Hip hop was still the "trendy" music from New York City that somehow was gaining the attention of Hollywood. For some, it was great, for others it was the beginning of something that has yet to be recaptured, the innocence of a new and fresh musical artform, and a culture.

Nonetheless, "Breakin'" is a film that takes place in California where Kelly (Lucinda Dickey) is hoping to make it with her dancing. He goes to the beach and catches a dance routine with a few breakdancers, Turbo and Ozone. She loves it, and eventually becomes their friend. One of them finds her attractive, the other chooses to pop his way through life. Kelly's family doesn't want her to be hanging around with the "hoodlums", but Turbo and Ozone simply want to hang out and have fun. Kelly finds herself learning the street-style of dance, and treats it as a serious artform rather than a bunch of guys dancing on cardboard for the hell of it. Looking back, it seems very much like a Hollywood version of what can really happen when two cultures clash (shades of "West Side Story"), but the film has good music, good dancing, a decent story, and it looks back at a time when hip hop as a whole was trying its hardest to gain respect.

Five extra points for Lucinda Dickey, who was easily one of the more beautiful actresses of the 80's.


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