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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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Storyline

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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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
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

'Mario Van Peeble''s rapping sequences were re-voiced by Ice-T. See more »

Quotes

Duane: I'm gonna fix your ass, Rappin' Hood.
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Connections

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

Soundtracks

Golly Gee
Performed by Tuff Inc.
Written by J. Eric Evans
Produced by Floyd M. Fisher, William Fleet Jr.
Courtesy of Tommy Boy Records
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The Star Wars of Cheesy Mid 80s Rap Movies
30 March 2004 | by reverendtomSee all my reviews

This movie is such a monumental collection of cheese and brilliance that I got to give it my highest level of fervent recommendation. It took a little while to grow on me, but once I saw it from beginning to end, I was sold for life. Everytime I watch this film, it gets funnier. There are so many funny scenes, it is endless amusement. This movie is epic. It ain't for everyone, but if you find the 1980s to be inherently funny, you will crack up at this monument of cheese. Mario Van Peebles is incredible, delivering his lines with bravado and soul ("Bathroom, Fool!"). Eriq LaSalle is great as the rightous tough guy Ice. Charles Flohe has a career making role as the villian. Tasia Valenza is enchanting as the love interest, Dixie. Melvin Plowden provides portly comic relief as Fats. Ice T wrote the rhymes that Mario spits. Simply incredible. 10/10


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