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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.

Director:

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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Storyline

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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Details

Official Sites:

Official site

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

Skeme's Mother: What you got is a whole miserable subculture.
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Connections

References The Beastmaster (1982) See more »

Soundtracks

Feel The Heartbeat
Performed by The Treacherous Three
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Amazing Documentary
31 January 2001 | by jorel845See all my reviews

This documentary on subway grafitti in New York City in the early 1980s had it all: it was beautifully shot, had a great soundtrack, and captured the essence of what was going on in the city after the 70s and under the regime of Mayor Kotch. The best thing about this documentary is how it can be studied on so many levels- it makes you realize why "bombing" is done and what it accomplishes. It helps you understand the psychological reasoning behind it, and how it plays on human character traits such as territorial rights, pursuit and the need for recognition. It shows how graffitti had a strong impact on society, and how it tore some homes apart. A must see- plus a great representation of early hip hop music and style. Love those TWAs! (Teeny Weeny Afros!) 9 out of 10.


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