Beat Street Poster

Release Date: October 5th, 2001

DVD Release Date: April 15th, 2003

PG|1 hr 45 min

Plot Summary
At the forefront of early hip-hop culture, DJ Kenny Kirkland (Guy Davis), his B-boy brother, Lee (Robert Taylor), and graffiti artist Ramon (John Chardiet) all have hopes of showcasing their talents outside the confines of South Bronx, N.Y. When Tracy Carlson (Rae Dawn Chong), a composer and choreographer, runs into Kirkland and Lee at one of Manhattan's hottest nightclubs, she offers Lee an opportunity to perform on TV. However, the crew has a long way to go before achieving their dreams.

Cast: Rae Dawn Chong, Guy Davis, John Chardiet, Leon W. Grant, Saundra Santiago, Mary Alice, Lee Chamberlin, Robert Taylor

Director: Stan Lathan

Genres: Musical

Production Co: Orion Pictures

Distributors: MGM/UA Home Entertainment Inc., Orion Pictures, Vestron Video, Metro Goldwyn Mayer

Keywords: Rise, Emotional, Friendship, Quest, Inspiring, Love, 1980s, Lighthearted, Rivalry

Ratings & Reviews

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  • 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. show more

  • 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. show more

  • 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]

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