Rooftops (1989)

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In his last feature film, veteran filmmaker Robert Wise directs Rooftops, an '80s dance-filled melodrama featuring a similar plot as his 1961 Oscar-winning musical classic West Side Story. A white boy named T (Jason Gedrick) lives in a largely black and Hispanic neighborhood built on the top of old buildings. He and his friends engage in a streetfighting dance competition called "Combat," which is supposedly based on the dance style of "Capoeira," originally developed by slaves in Brazil. He falls in love with Elana (Troy Beyer), who is the cousin of his major enemy, drug dealer Lobo (Eddie Ve'lez). Conclusion involves a big fight/dance sequence between T's neighborhood and the drug dealers.
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R
Genre:
Action & Adventure , Musical & Performing Arts , Romance
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Cast

Troy Beyer
as Elana
Alexis Cruz
as Squeak
Allen Payne
as Kadim
Steve Love
as Jackie-Sky
Rafael Báez
as Raphael
Jaime Tirelli
as Rivera
Luis Guzman
as Martinez
Millie Tirelli
as Squeak's Mom
Jay M. Boryea
as Willie
John Canada Terrell
as Junkie Cop
Paul Herman
as Jimmy
Lauren Tom
as Audry
Robert Weil
as Hotel Clerk
Coley Wallace
as Lester
Jose Ynoa
as Young Cook
Danny O'Shea
as Rookie Narc
Woodrow Asai
as Yard Foreman
Angelo Florio
as Cop at Dance
Diane Lozada
as Older Sister
Imani Parks
as Young Sister
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Chicago Reader
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This romantic musical drama about homeless Manhattan teens living on rooftops doesn't reach any heights.

Full Review… | May 3, 2007
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