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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 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)
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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.

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Documentary | Music

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Trivia

Brad Pitt, James Franco, and Flea have made donations to help the film get restored. See more »

Quotes

Seen: I can't afford to get involved. There's a war going on as you should know. PJ and Cap against everybody.
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Connections

Featured in The '80s Greatest: The Culture Clash (2018) See more »

Soundtracks

Feel The Heartbeat
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Performed by Treacherous Three
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Simply the best documentary about the birth of hip-hop culture
29 June 2007 | by NewbridgeNJSee all my reviews

"Style Wars" is a certified classic that kept viewers intrigued for more than 20 years. The documentary is beautifully honest, exceptionally gritty, intensely fair, and wonderfully lively. While many hip-hop films will be forgotten, "Style Wars" remains the essential document for graffiti and hip-hop. True lovers of hip-hop must respect these artists who paved the way. This film educates us of a time and place when hip-hop inspired creativity, created peace within a dangerous atmosphere, connected races, and established the birth of a youthful urban culture. The movement's futility is a fascinating aspect. An artist's work could last forever on a canvas, but they choose to paint trains that may be washed or painted over within days. With little or no profit, the graffiti movement remains a vital aspect of hip-hop. If you don't believe me, ask Krs-One. There is something inside these revolutionary artists that transcends all cultural and societal limits. What makes these artists risk their lives (third rail, beef) or their freedom (police) to paint on a train that will be washed or painted over? Regardless of how futile their effort may be, their need to express themselves is the main element which empowers the culture. "Style Wars" is the classic definitive film that poignantly captures the birth of hip-hop. Ignore the toys! This Sunday evening, put on your gloves and your hoody, bring a couple of cans of Krylon, and go bombing for the fame!

Review by Todd E. Jones - toddejones AT yahoo DOT com


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

1983 (USA) See more »

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Graffiti-háború See more »

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1.37 : 1
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