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Synopsis

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.~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide

Cast

  • Rae Dawn Chong
  • Guy Davis
  • Jon Chardiet
  • Leon W. Grant
  • Saundra Santiago
  • Robert Taylor
  • Mary Alice
  • Shawn Elliott
  • Jim Borrelli
  • Dean Elliott

Did You Know?

Trivia

  • It was the producers' idea for the main cast to wear Kangol hats and Puma sneakers all throughout production of the film even though many of the dancers felt that it wasn't authentic.
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Goofs

  • When Spit tags over Ramo's burner with the Dyer Ave train, you can see the "Sp" in "Spit" from a previous take.
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Quotes

    • [Lee explains about how he got arrested for dancing]
    • Lee: Hey, Mom, these fools busted us for dancing, can you believe that?
    • Cora: I believe you better shut your damn mouth before I decide to leave you down here.
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Metacritic

88

An upbeat, thoroughly entertaining street film about an entertainment revolution in the depressed South Bronx, featuring break dancing, graffiti art and record mixing. A black and Puerto Rican version of Saturday Night Fever. [08 June 1984, p.12]

Metacritic review by Gene Siskel
Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune
50

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.

Metacritic review by Trevor Johnston
Trevor Johnston
Time Out London
70

Designed for everybody who still hasn't had his or her fill of break dancing, or who doesn't yet understand that break dancing, rap singing and graffiti are legitimate expressions of the urban artistic impulse.

Metacritic review by Vincent Canby
Vincent Canby
The New York Times