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Beat Street (1984)

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Jon Chardiet plays a Puerto Rican youth who targets subway walls for his graffiti renderings. For a while, it looks as though Chardiet's problems will carry the plotline, but before long the film's true raison d'etre comes to the surface. Rap-music deejay Guy Davis, in tandem with such like-minded individuals as music student Rae Dawn Chong, endeavor to stage a huge breakdancing presentation, featuring several musical artistes of the period. Harry Belafonte served as coproducer.

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Cast

Rae Dawn Chong
as Tracy Carlson
Guy Davis
as Kenny 'Double K' Kirkland
Afrika Bambaataa
as Soul Sonic Force/Shango
Hope Clarke
as Dancing Instructor
Kool Herc
as Himself
Gina Belafonte
as Elizabeth
Douglas Davis
as Douggie Fresh
Leon Stephenson
as Monte's Bouncer
Kadeem Hardson
as High School Student
Lorenzo Soto
as Bronx Rocker
Dadi Pinero
as Young Writer
Joseph Verhauz
as Transit Policeman
Susan Roffer
as Monte's Assistant
Paul Pesco
as The System
Lisa Lee
as Us Girl
Kool Moe Dee
as The Treacherous Trio
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Critic Reviews for Beat Street

All Critics (6)

Holds up pretty well as one of the few hip hop musicals and a neat time capsule when hip hop was growing and still on the fringes of the mainstream.

February 27, 2016 | Full Review…
Cinema Crazed

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.

September 8, 2013 | Full Review…
Trespass

Interesting way of looking at a long-dead culture first coming to life.

June 11, 2003 | Rating: 3/5
Juicy Cerebellum

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.

Cassandra Maples
Cassandra Maples

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Bronx teens who display their graffiti skills want to be seen as artists, not vandals. Too bad someone vandalized the script.

Mark Hobin
Mark Hobin

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