Beat Street

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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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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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All Movie Guide - Jeremy Wheeler
Released just a month after the immense success of Breakin', Beat Street added to the shameless product that Hollywood pumped out to fuel the ever-growing obsession with breakdancing culture, though it strived for more than just your usual underdogs plotline. More in line with the strife presented in the similarly themed Rappin' from the following year, Beat Street offers a view of life in the inner city that doesn't always end in a rousing musical number. That's not to say that there aren't lively set pieces. With appearances by Afrika Bambaataa and Grand Master Melle Mel & the Furious Five fueling showdowns between the real Rock Steady Crew vs. the New York City Breakers breakdancing crews, the dance sequences are wild, bright, and shimmering with that '80s sheen that later generations would either emulate or try hard to forget about. What also sets the film apart is the focus on all aspects of the culture, including graffiti art and DJing, both of which mostly got the shaft in other productions at the time. Add in hot outfits, neon nightclubs, and fresh beats that move everyone's feet, and you have yourself one heck of a breakdance flick.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/15/2003
  • UPC: 883904126287
  • Original Release: 1984
  • Source: Mgm (Video & Dvd)
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Rae Dawn Chong Tracy
Guy Davis Kenny
Jon Chardiet Ramon
Leon Grant Chollie
Robert Taylor Lee
Dean Elliott Henri
Franc. Reyes Luis
The New York City Breakers
The Magnificent Force
Grand Master Melle Mel & the Furious Five Themselves
Afrika Bambaataa Soul Sonic Force/Shango
Us Girls
Billy Anagnos Stunts
Gina Belafonte Elizabeth
Jim Borrelli Monte
Hope Clarke Dancing Instructor
Douglas Davis Douggie Fresh
Shawn Elliott Domingo
Bernard Fowler
Wayne Frost
Tommy Gunn
Kadeem Hardison
Kool Herc Himself
Duane Jones Robert
Kool Moe Dee The Treacherous Trio
Lisa Lee Us Girl
Lee Chamberlin Alicia
Vic Magnotta Stunts
Mary Alice Cora
Paul Pesco The System
Dadi Pinero Young Writer
Tonya Pinkins Angela
Antonia Rey Flora
Rock Steady Crew
Saundra Santiago Carmen
Kimry Smith Erika
Soul Sonic Force
Leon Stephenson Monte's Bouncer
Richard Thomsen Paul
B. Tina
Tom Wright Stunts
Technical Credits
Stan Lathan Director
Wynn P. Thomas Director, Production Designer
Arthur Baker Score Composer
Harry Belafonte Score Composer, Producer
Patrizia Von Brandenstein Production Designer
Andy David Screenwriter
Andrew Davis Screenwriter
David Gilbert Screenwriter
Paul Golding Screenwriter
Albert Griswold Special Effects
Steven Hager Original Story
Dov Hoenig Editor
Mel Howard Associate Producer
Bernard Johnson Costumes/Costume Designer
Webster Lewis Score Composer
David V. Picker Producer
Tom Priestley Jr. Cinematographer
Lester Wilson Choreography
Kristi Zea Costumes/Costume Designer
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