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Style Wars (1983)

Not Rated | | Documentary , Music | TV Movie 1983
A documentary that exposes the rich growing subculture of hip-hop that was developing in New York City in the late '70s and early '80s, specifically focusing on graffiti art and breakdancing.

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Tony Silver
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Demon Demon ... Himself
Kase 2 Kase 2 ... Himself (as Kase)
Eric Haze Eric Haze ... Himself (as SE 3)
Spank Spank ... Himself
Trap Trap ... Himself
Kay Slay Kay Slay ... Himself (as Dez)
Butch Butch
Skeme Skeme ... Himself
Zone Zone ... Himself
Min One Min One ... Himself (as Min)
Cap Cap ... Himself
Michael Martin Michael Martin ... Himself (as Iz the Wiz)
Quik Quik ... Himself
Mare Mare ... Himself
Li'l Seen Li'l Seen ... Himself
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A documentary that exposes the rich growing subculture of hip-hop that was developing in New York City in the late '70s and early '80s, specifically focusing on graffiti art and breakdancing.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Genres:

Documentary | Music

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Graffiti-háború See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Public Art Films See more »
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Technical Specs

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Henry Chalfant was originally against having Cap appear in the film because he had become friendly with the graffiti artists whose work Cap had ruined. But Tony Silver insisted that Cap appear because his name was repeatedly mentioned by the artists. Some of the artists felt betrayed by Chalfant because they felt that he gave Cap the attention that he sought. See more »

Quotes

Min One: That's never forgive action.
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Connections

Featured in Anti (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

Siegfried's Funeral March from The Ring
by Richard Wagner
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Classic film with a great new release on DVD!
4 May 2003 | by drevhudSee all my reviews

Many in the world of Hip Hop already know this film in and out. For those with only a passing interest in Hip Hop culture and Graffiti, this film is a must. Any lover of great documentary film making would appreciate Style Wars. Any individual who remembers, or wants to see, what New York City was like in the 70's and 80's should view this film. There are so many reasons to watch Style Wars. For those of you who have seen the film on worn out VHS dubs and bootlegs, toss those old copies in the closet or give it to the 10 year old down the block and go out and get the DVD. The double disc set comes with , no joke, hours of extras. Interviews with the writers as adults, art galleries, outtakes, extra short films and so much more I can't even get into. This may be the closest we will get to a sequel. I was watching the discs for 3 hours last night and didn't get through everything. Style Wars is a small film worthy of the Big Treatment it has received on DVD from Plexifilm.


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