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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.


Tony Silver
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Demon Demon ... Self
Kase 2 Kase 2 ... Self (as Kase)
Eric Haze Eric Haze ... Self (as SE 3)
D. 5 D. 5 ... Self (as D-5)
Spank Spank ... Self
Trap Trap ... Self
Kay Slay Kay Slay ... Self (as Dez)
Butch Butch ... Self
Skeme Skeme ... Self
Zone Zone ... Self
Ces157 Ces157 ... Self (as CES 157)
Kid167 Kid167 ... Self (as Kid 167)
Min One Min One ... Self (as Min)
Cap Cap ... Self
Michael Martin Michael Martin ... Self (as Iz the Wiz)


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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Documentary | Music


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Did You Know?


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 »


Kase 2: People look at a person, what you write on trains? Oh, you vandalism and all that. Yeah I vandalism alright, but still in general I know what I'm doin'. I did somethin' to make yo eyes open up. Right? So why is you talking bout it for?
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Referenced in Beat Street (1984) See more »


Feel The Heartbeat
Performed by Treacherous Three
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The UltraMagnetic King of Hip Hop documentaries... True Art...
18 January 2007 | by matrixj23See all my reviews

In 1983; director Tony Silver, and producer Henry Chalfant dropped this bomb upon the unsuspecting (except for those lucky enough to live in NYC at the time) populous via PBS. The world was exposed to true urban art, and it's unlikely Picasso's- the bombers and taggers of NYC's resilient subway system...

Not only that, but also to 'acrobatic body dances like breaking', and to rocking the mic. This is so much more than just a documentary about the evolution of graffiti. It is truly a time capsule, full of unforgettable characters, stuffy bureaucrats, and the chaotic urban landscape of early 80's NYC...

There are so many memorable lines and incredible characters indelibly etched in my brain from this film. Just writing this review makes me want to run over to the DVD player and watch it over and over again...

I would gladly pay the price of admission (approximately $25) just for the film. However, our good friends at Plexifilm have once again delivered the goods, including a staggering 3.5 hours of bonus footage to accompany this one-of-kind historical document...

The bonus footage includes 32 artist galleries, interviews, trains, and ultra-rare photos from the best-of-the best, including: Skeme, Seen, Frosty Freeze, Dondi, Blade, Rammellzee, and many others...

This is a must have document for Hip-Hop heads, historians, social anthropologists, and cool people. Buy this now and support good art...

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1983 (USA) See more »

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Graffiti-háború See more »

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Public Art Films See more »
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1.37 : 1
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