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Beat Street (6-Jun-1984)

Director: Stan Lathan

Writers: Andy Davis; David Gilbert; Paul Golding; Steve Hager

Producers: David V. Picker; Harry Belafonte

Keywords: Drama, Breakdancing

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Mary Alice
3-Dec-1941   The Matrix Revolutions
Afrika Bambaataa
17-Apr-1957   Hip Hop pioneer, Planet Rock
Lee Chamberlin
14-Feb-1938 30-May-2014 The Electric Company
Rae Dawn Chong
28-Feb-1961   Quest for Fire
Kool Moe Dee
8-Aug-1963   Rap artist
Doug E. Fresh
17-Sep-1966   Rap artist
Duane Jones
2-Feb-1936 22-Jul-1988 Night of the Living Dead
Brenda K. Starr
15-Oct-1966   Freestyle-turned-salsa performer


Rae Dawn Chong   ...   Tracy
Guy Davis   ...   Kenny
Jon Chardiet   ...   Ramon
Leon W. Grant   ...   Chollie
Saundra Santiago   ...   Carmen
and introducing
Robert Taylor   ...   Lee
Lee Chamberlin   ...   Alicia
Mary Alice   ...   Cora
Shawn Elliott   ...   Domingo
Jim Borrelli   ...   Monte
Dean Elliott   ...   Henri
Franc Reyes   ...   Luis
Africa Bambaata and the Soul Sonic Force + Shango
Afrika Bambaataa   ...   Himself
Jazzy Jay   ...   Himself
Master Globe   ...   Himself
Mr. Biggs   ...   Himself
Pow Wow   ...   Himself
Amid   ...   Himself
Wilfred Fowler   ...   Himself
Tina B.   ...   Herself
Andy B. Bad   ...   Himself
Fantastic Duo   ...   Themselves
Bernard Fowler   ...   Himself
Grand Master Melle Mel and the Furious Five
Melle Mel   ...   Himself
Scorpio   ...   Himself
Cowboy   ...   Himself
King Louie   ...   Himself
Kama Kaze Kid   ...   Himself
Tommy Gunn   ...   Himself
Magnificent Force
Icy Ice   ...   Himself
Mr. Wiggles   ...   Himself
Fable   ...   Himself
Cosmic Pop   ...   Himself
Fast Break   ...   Himself
New York City Breakers
Kid Nice   ...   Himself
Action   ...   Himself
Glide Master   ...   Himself
Powerful Pexter   ...   Himself
Mr. Wave   ...   Himself
Little Lep   ...   Himself
Flip Rock   ...   Himself
Rock Steady Crew
Kuriaki   ...   Himself
Devious Doze   ...   Himself
Crazy Legs   ...   Himself
Prince Ken Swift   ...   Himself
Buck Four   ...   Himself
Baby Love   ...   Himself
Richard Sisco   ...   Himself
Wanda Dee   ...   Herself
Brenda K. Starr   ...   Herself
The System
Michael Murphy   ...   Himself
David Frank   ...   Himself
Paul Pesco   ...   Himself
Khris Kellow   ...   Himself
The Treacherous Three
Kool Moe Dee   ...   Himself
Special K   ...   Himself
L.A. Sunshine   ...   Himself
Us Girls
Sha Rock   ...   Herself
Lisa Lee   ...   Herself
Debbie-D   ...   Herself
Tonya Pinkins   ...   Angela
Antonia Rey   ...   Flora
Duane Jones   ...   Robert
Hope Clarke   ...   Dancing Instructor
Kool Herc (Clive Campbell)   ...   Himself
Gina Belafonte   ...   Elizabeth
Kimry Smith   ...   Erika
Doug E. Fresh   ...   Himself
Richard Thomsen   ...   Paul
Kadeem Hardison   ...   High School Student
Tony Lopez (Pex)   ...   Beat Street Breaker
Dadi Pinero   ...   Young Writer
Pedro B. Serrano   ...   Pedro
Mervyn E. Griffith   ...   Student
Joseph Verhauz   ...   Transit Policeman
Susan Roffer   ...   Monte's Assistant
Leon Stephenson   ...   Monte's Bouncer
Peach   ...   Dancer at Burning Spear
Dancers at CCNY
Sarita Allen   ...   Dancer
Bryant Baldwin   ...   Dancer
Tracey M. Bass   ...   Dancer
Dwight Baxter   ...   Dancer
Edna R. Chew   ...   Dancer
William Gabriner   ...   Dancer
Steve Marder   ...   Dancer
Roberta Mathes   ...   Dancer
Jodi Moccia   ...   Dancer
Frances Lee Morgan   ...   Dancer
Dwayne Phelps   ...   Dancer
Morgan Richardson   ...   Dancer
Angel Valentine   ...   Dancer
Faruma S. Williams   ...   Dancer
Darrel W. Wright   ...   Dancer


Review by Josiel de Assis (posted on 4-Nov-2007)

Upbeat, lets-put-on-a-show, musical about the wonders of rap music tells the story of Kenny (Guy Davis), a young hip-hop artist living in the rough slums of the Bronx with his younger brother Lee (Robert Taylor) and their mother Cora. Kenny dreams of making it big as a disk jockey and playing in the most swank of Manhattan nightclubs, The Roxy. Into their lives comes Tracy (Rae Dawn Chong), a composer and assistant choreographer from New York College who inspires him to try to continue his dream while romance begins to grow between them despite coming from different neighborhoods and worlds. Meanwhile, Lee is part of a break-dancing gang set on dominating the scene of their street. The rest of their friends include Ramon (Jon Chardiet), a graffiti artist determined to spread his painting to every subway car in the city while dealing with his girlfriend Carmen (Sandra Santaigo). Chollie is a fellow rapper who becomes Kenny's manager after he lands him a gig at a Bronx club as the DJ. Many rap groups, break dancers, and pop singers whom include Us Girls, The Treacherous Three, The System, Rock Steady Crew, Soul Sonic Force & Shango, The Magnificent Force, New York City Breakers, Furious Five, Tina B., Afrika Bambaataa, Johnny B. Bad, etc, make cameo appearances. About 80% of the footage in the original theatrical trailer is not included in the final cut. Examples include Ramon getting his bag ripped off while walking with Kenny and Charlie, several battle outtakes including the classroom up-rocking scene, Ramon on a set of drums, and one dancer flipping off against a wall at the Burning Spear nightclub. Several other pieces of footage were included as well but were in freeze frame in the opening credits of the film. The trailer also includes an alternate version of title song performed by Kool Moe Dee (who appears in the film in the "Christmas Rappin'" sequence with the rest of the Treacherous Three), which also did not appear in the movie nor on the original soundtrack albums

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