Beat Street (1984)
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This film chronicles the problems of an inner-city Puerto Rican youth who spends a good share of his time as a subway graffiti artist, and follows the staging of a huge break-dancing show. Quite popular when first released, it now simply seems dated.
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as Tracy Carlson
as Kenny 'Double K' Kir...
as Soul Sonic Force/Sha...
as Dancing Instructor
as Douggie Fresh
as Monte's Bouncer
as High School Student
as Bronx Rocker
as Young Writer
as Transit Policeman
as Monte's Assistant
as The System
as Us Girl
as The Treacherous Trio
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Critic Reviews for Beat Street
Like the best films of its kind, Beat Street isn't simply a glorified music video, but rather a celebration of the bond between artists and an examination of a culture that goes unappreciated and misrepresented.
Interesting way of looking at a long-dead culture first coming to life.
Audience Reviews for Beat Street
Without doubt Beat Street is the best film about the breakin scene. Everything about it is spot on,the clothes (puma),the music and most importantly the dancing! The storyline is basic,but hey whats there to tell a story about? The whole point of the film is to show what kids of that moment in time were doing,what mattered to them. It shows that teenagers in general are good,all that mattered to these everyday kids was music,dancing and friendship. Having watched the DVD recently i was plesantly surprised how well it had stood the test of time! The clothes didn't look dated (possibly because Puma is now having a massive comeback),the music still sounds fresh,and the dancing is still captivating to watch. A film anyone 10-25 years of age should see as part of their youth culture.
Bronx teens who display their graffiti skills want to be seen as artists, not vandals. Too bad someone vandalized the script.
I recently watched this again with my daughter's father in Brooklyn. He had no idea what a classic this movie was; he is from the islands. Once he saw the breakdancing he was glued! Wait til I show him Breakin'. I also saw Lee in the Bronx on Fordham road and he still looks the same! Cap to the side and everything! He was eating a bag of chips; too funny! The only thing he didn't rock was the gazelles.
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