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Rappin' (1985)

PG | | Drama, Music, Musical | 10 May 1985 (USA)
An ex-con and break-dancer helps save a neighborhood from a greedy developer while trying to win a rap contest.

Director:

Joel Silberg

Writers:

Adam Friedman, Robert Jay Litz (as Robert Litz)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mario Van Peebles ... John Hood
Eriq La Salle ... Ice
Melvin Plowden Melvin Plowden ... Fats
Richie Abanes Richie Abanes ... Richie
Kadeem Hardison ... Moon
Leo O'Brien Leo O'Brien ... Allan
Charles Grant Charles Grant ... Duane (as Charles Flohe)
Rony Clanton Rony Clanton ... Cedric
Ruth Jaroslow Ruth Jaroslow ... Mrs. Goldberg
Michael Esihos Michael Esihos ... Stavros
Anthony Bishop Anthony Bishop ... Mr. Fiorello
Fredric Mao Fredric Mao ... Mr. Chan
Rutanya Alda ... Cecilia
Brandi Freund Brandi Freund ... Rosalita
Eyde Byrde Eyde Byrde ... Grandma (as Edye Byrde)
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An ex-con and break-dancer helps save a neighborhood from a greedy developer while trying to win a rap contest.

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Taglines:

It's The Street Sensation That's Sweepin' The Nation! See more »

Genres:

Drama | Music | Musical

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Trivia

During the audition scene in the nightclub with Ice-T, the DJ and Rapper with him on stage were members of his REAL LIFE crew, "Rhyme Syndicate". Brothers Eric Garcia and Henry Garcia are better known as "Evil E" and "Hen G". See more »

Quotes

Duane: Alright, it looks like we got the Lee family.
Psycho: Oh, yeah? What's the Lee family?
Duane: Oh, let me explain it to you, okay. We got a homely. We got ugly. That is dumbly. Little ole sickly. We got fugly.
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Connections

Featured in The Cinema Snob: Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

Killer
Performed by Ice-T, David Storrs
Written by Ice-T, David Storrs
Produced by David Storrs
Courtesy of Electro-Beat Records
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Reakin'
13 March 2003 | by JZvezdaSee all my reviews

"I went to the movies, to see 'Beat Street' / it wasn't bad, it was kinda' neat / 'Krush Groove' was a flick, that I didn't mind / but when it came to 'Rappin', I drew the line." Word to your mother.

Want me to stop?

That's just a small sample of the stupa-fly style of rhymin' on display in this waste of film and location permits. This movie is seriously wack (thats 80s-speak for just f*cking awful). As an emcee, Mario Van Peebles is one hell of an actor. And as an actor, Mario Van Peebles is one hell of a bodybuilder.

Any film calling itself "Rappin'" had better deliver at that genre's highest standard of the time. So why were 6 year olds rolling in the aisles, even back in the day when standards were so knee-high-to-"Webster"-low? Because this rap is weak. So weak that not even B.E.T. or Comedy Central will touch it with a 10-foot gold-rope chain.

Blondie's "Rapture" is def poetry next to this bit of Dr. Suess in the hood. So don't be a boobie, avoid this movie!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 May 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

House rap See more »

Filming Locations:

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,802,204, 12 May 1985

Gross USA:

$2,864,844

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,864,844
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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