Beat Street
- Rae Dawn Chong

Overview - The troubles of ghetto life are accurately captured in this cinematic time capsule, one of the first films to contain rap music. At the time, the rapping took a back seat to the break dancing and one of the many attributes of BEAT STREET is the authentic street moves on display.  Read more...

 
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Overview

The troubles of ghetto life are accurately captured in this cinematic time capsule, one of the first films to contain rap music. At the time, the rapping took a back seat to the break dancing and one of the many attributes of BEAT STREET is the authentic street moves on display. The locations also retain their street cred, with graffiti covering subway cars and abandoned buildings populating the mean streets. The story concerns a group of Bronx teens using their dancing, rapping, and artistic skills to lift themselves out of the ghetto. Musician Harry Belafonte teamed with David Picker to produce.

Cast List

Harry Belafonte - American Singer/Actor
Guy Davis
Kool Moe Dee
Grandmaster Melle Mel - Godfather of rap
Grandmaster Melle Mel - Godfather of rap
Mele Mel - Godfather of rap
Kadeem Hardison - TV/Film Actor
David V. Picker
Rae Dawn Chong - Actress/Screenwriter
Stan Lathan - Director
John Chardiet
Jon Chardiet

 
Details
    DVD Format
  • Format: DVD
  • Run Time: 106
  • Color Format: Color
  • UPC: 887090115803
  • Genre: Drama
  • Rating: PG (MPAA)
  • Release Date: February 2016

Related Categories:
Movies > Musical & Performing Arts
Movies > Musicals
Movies > Pop Music

Related Keywords:
Adventure
Dance
Music Video
Rap Music
Music (General)
Rap/Hip Hop
Musicians

 
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Synopsis:
Rapper Kenny and his break dancing brother Lee are up and coming soul artists. They only need a few good connections and one big break to make it. When they meet a beautiful college music professor, who can help them expand their horizons, everything starts to fall into place.

Reviews:
"...Nearly nonstop music and dancing....Intensity and wit [in] the film's big finale..." - 06/08/1984 New York Times, p.C10


"...An impressively produced, music-loaded panorama....BEAT STREET is socially conscious in the admirable sense that it conveys a real feeling of solidarity and purpose within its diverse community..." - 05/23/1984 Variety

 
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