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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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Details

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

John Hood: I'd rather help the needy than make money for the greedy.
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Connections

Referenced in Ethnic Notions (1986) See more »

Soundtracks

Flame in the Fire
Performed by Warren Mills
Written by Billy Ocean, Ken Gold, Pete Harris
Produced by Billy Ocean
Courtesy of Jive Records
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Under-rated lost classic
3 August 2008 | by Radish4everSee all my reviews

Very enjoyable and a feel good movie, a lot of fun, this should have been the next Saturday night fever or Rocky horror. This film is dull early on but really gets going from the quarter way stage, and it tries to show the underrated Mario Van Peebles as a kind of Robin Hood figure (he is called John "rappin" hood), out of jail and trying to re-discover himself and save his neighbourhood from a greedy property developer and save his brother from a life of crime and jail like his former self. Everyone is infuenced by the power of rap and all become better people for the experience (yes very cheesy) this is for sale on region 1 (where I purchased) but not in the UK where I live, the wonders of internet, credit cards and multi region players, even a happy ending for me :-) get this film, buy it and tell all your friends about it, it deserved to be a cult classic.


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