Beat Street

  • Film
  • Drama
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While Charlie Ahearn's 1982 independent feature Wild Style worked frontline reportage of New York's nascent rap and breakdance scene into an otherwise anodyne teenage romance, this rather glossier affair sprinkles the latest happening sounds over a selection of familiar narrative moves. So we get troubled cross-ethnic relationships, the drama of a young dj's first night on the decks at a big club, the dangers of spraying graffiti on subway trains - all of it unfolding against the streetwise setting of the Bronx, but with a strictly PG-rated filter on sex and bad language. Pretty bland, but you have to admit co-producer Belafonte had an eye for talent, spotlighting HipHop legends-in-the-making Afrika Bambaata and the Soul Sonic Force, the Rock Steady Crew, and Grand Master Melle Mel and The Furious Five.

Release details

Duration: 106 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Stan Lathan
Screenwriter: David Gilbert, Paul Golding, Andrew Davis
Cast: Dean Elliott
Rae Dawn Chong
Robert Taylor
Jon Chardiet
Guy Davis
Saundra Santiago
Leon W Grant
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