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Beat Street (1984)

Although it trades in such 1980s phenomena as breakdancing, rapping and graffiti, this exploitative teen pic proves only that the “puttin’ on a show” formula has changed little since the days of Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney.

Director Stan Lathan doggedly attempts to depict the degradation in which many inner-city black Americans are forced to live. But DJ Guy Davis and spray-can artist Jon Chardiet are walking stereotypes and while the latter’s subway murder is effectively handled, the former’s romance with up-market student Rae Dawn Chong is totally unconvincing.

In addition to co-producing, Harry Belafonte helped compose the songs.

Tracy
Rae Dawn Chong
Kenny
Guy Davis
Ramon
Jon Chardiet
Chollie
Leon W Grant
Carmen
Saundra Santiago
Lee
Robert Taylor
Alicia
Lee Chamberlin
Cora
Mary Alice
Grand Master Melle Mel and the Furious Five
Themselves

Director
Stan Lathan

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