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Beat Street (1984)

Director: Stan Lathan     Starring: Rae Dawn Chong
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Format: DVD
Sku: 40217713
UPC: 027616884572
UPC 14: 00027616884572
Rating: Game Rating Code
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Takin' the beat to the streets!
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.

"An impressively produced, music-loaded panorama of ghetto-deprived contempo-culture.  Variety
"...nonstop music and dancing...  The New York TImes
"...gritty streetwise musical.  Los Angeles Herald-Examiner

Editor's 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.


Video Features DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1, Pan and Scan (TV Format), English, French, Spanish, Subtitled, No Longer Produced

Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: MGM
Video Release Date Release Date: 4/15/2003
Video Play Time Running Time: 106 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1984
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 1004378
Video UPC UPC: 00027616884572
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English, Spanish Dubbed
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio 2.35:1

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Jon Chardiet
Video Cast Info Lee Chamberlin
Video Cast Info Leon Grant
Video Cast Info Rae Dawn Chong
Video Cast Info Guy Davis
Video Cast Info Stan Lathan - Director
Video Cast Info Tom Priestly, Jr. - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info Webster Lewis - Musical Score
Video Cast Info Harry Belafonte - Producer
Video Cast Info David V. Picker - Producer
Video Cast Info Andy Davis, et al. - Screenplay
Video Cast Info Steven Hager - Story By
Plot 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.

Professional Reviews

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

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