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Krush Groove (1985)

In this movie based on the early days of Def Jam Recordings, up-and-coming manager Russell Walker manages all the hottest acts on the record label Krush Groove Records, which include ... See full summary »

Director:

Michael Schultz

Writer:

Ralph Farquhar
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sheila E. ... Herself
Joseph Simmons ... Himself (Run-D.M.C)
Darryl McDaniels ... Himself (Run-D.M.C.) (as Daryll McDaniels)
Jason Mizell Jason Mizell ... Himself (Run-D.M.C.)
Mark Morales ... Himself (Fat Boys)
Damon Wimbley ... Himself (Fat Boys)
Darren Robinson ... Himself (Fat Boys) (as Darren 'Buffy' Robinson)
Kurtis Blow ... Himself
Blair Underwood ... Russell Walker
Ricky Bell Ricky Bell ... Himself (New Edition)
Michael Lamont Bivins ... Himself (New Edition) (as Michael Bivins)
Bobby Brown ... Himself (New Edition) (as New Edition)
Ronnie DeVoe ... Himself (New Edition) (as New Edition)
Ralph E. Tresvant ... Himself (New Edition) (as Ralph Tresvant)
LisaGay Hamilton ... Aisha
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Storyline

In this movie based on the early days of Def Jam Recordings, up-and-coming manager Russell Walker manages all the hottest acts on the record label Krush Groove Records, which include Run-D.M.C., Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde, and Kurtis Blow, while Rick (Rubin) produces the label's records. When Run-D.M.C. has a hit record and Russell doesn't have the money to press records, he borrows money from a street hustler. At the same time, Russell and and his brother Run both compete for the heart of R&B singer Sheila E. Written by Anonymous

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The sexy singer. The sharp manager. The street-smart guys.They're rockin' it the hard way.... And in the streets, on the subways, and in the clubs, they're creating the sound no one's ever heard before. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Music

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 October 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Rap Attack See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,905,293, 27 October 1985, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$11,052,713
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)
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Trivia

One of two theatrical feature films, first released in 1985, which were directed by Michael Schultz. Both were music related. The movies are Krush Groove (1985) and The Last Dragon (1985). See more »

Goofs

When the fat boys are singing all you can eat in the when they go to the cashier with the food if you look in front of the restaurant you will see a crew member standing at the door making sure nobody goes inside. You can also see people looking inside while the scene is being filmed. See more »

Quotes

Rick: That guy was a sucker, man. Carmen, file this.
[He hands her the "accounting book" -- a trashed out spiral notebook.]
Carmen: [rolls eyes and files the book by tossing it aside on a nearby table.]
Rick: Damn. Take all my money out of that bank.
Carmen: We don't have an account.
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The cast dances over the end credits. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Pick Up the Pace
Performed by UTFO
Written by UTFO and Full Force
Courtesy of Select Records
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Good film for old school Hip-Hop heads.
23 February 2002 | by myklook-1See all my reviews

This film isn't an award winner but it is a must see for all Hip Hop historians. Loosely based on the life of producer Russel Simmons this film takes us back to the early days of Hip-Hop when rap was just starting to break into the mainstream. Blair Underwood plays Russel and everyone else (Run DMC, Fat Boys, Sheila E, New Edition, Beastie Boys, L.L. Cool J, etc..) play themselves. I think, if anything, this film gives fans an idea of what it was like for young rappers, producers and other musicians from NYC in the early eighties. I think the film could have been better if it was a little grittier and honest, but if it was than Rap and Hip-Hop may not have blown up the way it did into mainstream culture.


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