Rappin'

Rappin'

Director: Joel Silberg

Cast: Edye Byrde, Rony Clanton, Charles Flohe

     
 

In Rappin', Mario Van Peebles is John Hood, a con who when released from jail goes back to his neighborhood to find his girl shacked up with a nasty gang-leader named Duane (Charles Flohe). Duane is on the take with a corrupt contractor who plans to tear down Hood's neighborhood and he and his gang serve as ruffian rowdies who help evict the tenants. John Hood…  See more details below

Overview

In Rappin', Mario Van Peebles is John Hood, a con who when released from jail goes back to his neighborhood to find his girl shacked up with a nasty gang-leader named Duane (Charles Flohe). Duane is on the take with a corrupt contractor who plans to tear down Hood's neighborhood and he and his gang serve as ruffian rowdies who help evict the tenants. John Hood will not put up with this nonsense; he throws a community rap session and gets everybody aligned against the bad guys. His rappin' is so ratin' that he impresses a record company and wins his gal back.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Jeremy Wheeler
From the same director as Breakin' and Lambada comes Rappin' - a rare rap musical set in the hard streets of Pittsburgh (!) that features the stellar, tongue-tied stylings of Mario Van Peebles, Kadeem Hardison, and Eriq La Salle. A classic Cannon release from 1985, Rappin' is basically a straight urban drama that's highlighted by some of the most ridiculous rap songs this side of Body Rock, though this tale isn't quite the nonstop laffer that the latter "masterpiece of cheese cinema" from the year before was. That seems to be Rappin's fate though -- when it's on, you're either amazed at the outrageous breakdancing or in guilty glee when the old Grandma joins in on a down-and-out-in-the-ghetto rap. Sadly when those gusto moments are over, you're basically following a kind of bastard main character that raps only to buy a car stereo back that his little criminal brother stole. So there's this weird dichotomy going on with the whole film, which possibly makes it great since there's nothing else quite like it. Just compare the fat kid in the "I Love Food" shirt singing his "Snack Attack" song with the scene where one of the neighbors in the hood is forced to their deathbed due to landlord cutting off the heat. Strange as the tonal shifts might be, Rappin' still delivers, thanks in large part to the ending where all of the neighbors and the evil white goon (ex-Kim Delaney hubby Charles "Creepy Eyes" Grant) show off their rap skills to downright heavenly results.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/15/2003
UPC:
0027616884626
Original Release:
1985
Rating:
PG
Source:
Mgm (Video & Dvd)
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Stereo]
Time:
1:33:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Original theatrical trailer; English stereo surround; English, French, and Spanish subtitles

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Edye Byrde Grandma
Rony Clanton Cedric
Charles Flohe Duane
Eriq La Salle Ice
Leo O'Brien Allan
Melvin Plowden Fats
Tasia Valenza Dixie
Mario Van Peebles John Hood
Richie Abanes Richie
Rutanya Alda Cecilia
Claudja Barry Performer
Anthony Bishop Mr. Fiorello
Anthony Bradberry Man in Bathroom
Don Brockett Store Manager
David Butler Bravman
Dan Caliguire Cecilia's Son
Thomas Clint Clutter Technician
Willie Cross Tuff, Inc.
Ernest Cunningham Ice-T Group
Jessie Daniels Force M.D.
Angela de Filippo Girl
Arlinda Dickens T-Force
Michael Esihos Stavros
Brandi Freund Rosalita
Eric Garcia Ice-T Group
Joanna Gardner Performer
Harry Goaz Thorndike
Debra Greenfield Magnolia
Kadeem Hardison Moon
Clayton D. Hill Kilroy
Ice-T Himself [uncredited]
Salvador Irizarry Tuff, Inc.
Ruth Jaroslow Mrs. Goldberg
Christopher Johnson T-Force
Antoine Lundy Force M.D.
Fredric Mao Mr. Chan
Joe Marmo Shortie Johnson
David Marshall Tuff, Inc.
William Mott Psycho
Charles Nelson Force M.D.
Stacey O'Neal T-Force
Trisco Pearson Force M.D.
Scott Peck Oil Truck Driver
Lyn Philistine Girl
Jack Reese T-Force
Carlo Fred Robinson Bum
Tommy Ross Duane's Gang Member
Harry Scanlon Officer
Joe Schad Burton
Rosie Steave T-Force
David Storrs Ice-T Group
David Whitaker Tuff, Inc.
Eugene Wilde Performer

Technical Credits
Joel Silberg Director
Aude Bronson-Howard Costumes/Costume Designer
Adam Friedman Screenwriter
Bert Glatstein Editor
Yoram Globus Producer
Menahem Golan Producer
David Gurfinkel Cinematographer
Andrew Horvitch Editor
Jeannee Josefczyk Makeup
Edmond Kresley Choreography
Michael Linn Score Composer
Robert Jay Litz Screenwriter
Marcus Manton Editor
Bruce A. Miller Production Designer,Set Decoration/Design
Steve Miller Production Designer
Edgard Mourino Stunts
Jeffrey Silver Producer
Tom Wright Stunts

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Main Title/"Rappin" Hood [4:21]
2. "Two of a Kind" [4:13]
3. Dance-Off [3:25]
4. "Three's a Crowd" [2:40]
5. "Snack Attack" [6:51]
6. "First Love Never Dies" [5:45]
7. Pied Piper of Rap [2:32]
8. Threat of Eviction [5:17]
9. "The Slime of Crime" [4:47]
10. Auditioning for Stardom [5:53]
11. Litttle Bro Is Going Down [8:08]
12. Taking Care of Business [8:23]
13. The Heat Is On! [6:57]
14. Unfair Showdown [8:34]
15. "Can't Stop! Won't Stop!" [7:59]
16. Rappin' Out Credits [3:48]

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