Beat Street

Directed By: Stan Lathan Starring: Rae Dawn Chong

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An aspiring dj, from the south bronx, and his best friend, a promoter, try to get into show business by exposing people to hip-hop music and culture.


Studio MGM
SKU 40217713
UPC 027616884572
UPC 14 00027616884572
Format DVD
Release Date 4/15/2003
Rating Rating
Music (General)
Music Video
Rap Music
Rap/Hip Hop
Editors Note
Note 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.
Plot Summary
Summary 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.
New York Times "...Nearly nonstop music and dancing....Intensity and wit [in] the film's big finale..." 06/08/1984 p.C10
Variety "...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
Stan Lathan
Rae Dawn Chong
Cast & Crew
Jon Chardiet - Actor
Lee Chamberlin - Actor
Leon Grant - Actor
Rae Dawn Chong - Actor
Guy Davis - Actor
Stan Lathan - Director
Tom Priestly, Jr. - Director of Photography
Webster Lewis - Musical Score
Harry Belafonte - Producer
David V. Picker - Producer
Andy Davis, et al. - Screenplay
Steven Hager - Story By
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1984
Catalog ID 1004378
UPC 00027616884572
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 106 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, French, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English, Spanish Dubbed
Aspect Ratio
DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1, Pan and Scan (TV Format), English, French, Spanish, Subtitled, No Longer Produced
Variety An impressively produced, music-loaded panorama of ghetto-deprived contempo-culture.
The New York TImes ...nonstop music and dancing...
Los Angeles Herald-Examiner ...gritty streetwise musical.

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