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The Beat (1987)

R | | Drama | 3 June 1988 (USA)
A new kid moves into a tough neighborhood controlled by gangs, and tries to teach them poetry.


Paul Mones


Paul Mones


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Cast overview, first billed only:
David Jacobson David Jacobson ... Rex Voorhas Ormine
William McNamara ... Billy Kane
Kara Glover Kara Glover ... Kate Kane
Stuart Alexander Stuart Alexander ... Doug
David McCarthy ... Dirt - Larry
Markus Flanagan ... Vis
Paul Dillon Paul Dillon ... Lon Recchia
Reggie Rock Bythewood ... Danny Lambeaux
Tony Gillan Tony Gillan ... Auggie
Lisa Blake Richards ... Amy Kahn (as Lisa Richards)
Richard Eigen Richard Eigen ... Ian Murphy
Angie Zisser Angie Zisser ... Mary
John Savage ... Frank Ellsworth
Jeffrey Horowitz Jeffrey Horowitz ... Bart Waxman
Robert Gerringer ... Dr. Morningstone


A new kid moves into a tough neighborhood controlled by gangs, and tries to teach them poetry.

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They were victims of the street, until they caught... The Beat.




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Release Date:

3 June 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Voorhas See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Working title for this movie was "Voorhas". See more »


Hard Times
Written by Harley Flanagan & Kevin Mayhew
Performed by Cro-Mags (as The Cro-Mags)
Courtesy of Rock Hotel/Profile Records
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Lami Laki Sama (whatever the hell that means...)
16 September 2003 | by profundity_loafSee all my reviews

My first review at IMDB, after a few years of using this site constantly...

Anyways, saw this on the tube the other night, loved it. It's in the mindset of a Dangerous Minds or a Substitute, but much better. Was sure for a moment that Rex was Speedy Levitch, in Waking Life, but after checking, it doesn't seem so.

I can see why many have problems with this plot and its poetry, but I also think these people are close-minded. Admittedly the ending wasn't quite what I was hoping for, but overall it was so unique and well-acted, I can't complain. I wouldn't call this cheesy, as one reviewer did, it pulled off the scene better than most films of the 80's did. And they refrained from playing any really dateable 80's music.

Can't remember everything that made me smile when I saw this, but basically it realistically showed very creative individuals surrounded by mediocrity, and whether I share Rex's beliefs or not, I love original attempts to describe the meaning of life. And his Mutant theory is, to my knowledge, original. He rambled a lot as well, but they showed how confused he was at times, and why he might have some psychological issues. And then in his moments of clarity he was a philosopher extraordinaire, a person who noticed the little details in life and tried to give expression to them.

Also I was very impressed with John Savage as the teacher. Usually actors fail at that role. He pulled it off brilliantly.

If you enjoyed Waking Life, I say watch this movie if you get a chance.



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