|Directed by||Joel Silberg|
|Produced by||Allen DeBevoise
|Music by||Michael Boyd
|Edited by||Larry Bock
|Distributed by||MGM/UA Entertainment Company (USA)
Cannon Films (non-USA)
|May 4, 1984|
Breakin', released as Breakdance: The Movie or Break Street '84 in some countries, is a 1984 breakdancing-themed film directed by Joel Silberg. The film setting was inspired by a 1983 German documentary entitled Breakin' and Enterin' set in the Los Angeles multi-racial hip hop club Radiotron, based out of MacArthur Park in Los Angeles. Many of the artists and dancers, including Ice-T (who makes his movie debut as a club MC) and Boogaloo Shrimp, went straight from Breakin' and Enterin' to star in Breakin'. Ice-T has stated he considers the film and his own performance in it to be "wack".
The music score featured the hits "Breakin'... There's No Stopping Us" by Ollie & Jerry and "Freakshow on the Dance Floor". Breakin' was followed by a sequel, Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo released in January of 1985.
Breakin' was the final Cannon film production released by MGM/UA. After Breakin' was released, MGM and Cannon Films dissolved their distribution deal, reportedly over the potentially X-rated content in John Derek's film Bolero and MGM's then-current rule of not releasing X-rated material theatrically, forcing Cannon to become an in-house distribution company once again. Because of the demise of the distribution deal, Breakin' is considered to be the final financially profitable film released by Cannon Films.
Kelly is a struggling young jazz dancer (Lucinda Dickey). Through her gay friend Adam (Phineas Newborn III), she is introduced to two Street dancers, Ozone (Adolfo Quiñones) and Turbo (Michael Chambers), who have a bitter rivalry with another crew known as Electro Rock, consisting of poppers Popin' Pete (Timothy Solomon), Poppin' Taco (Bruno Falcon) and Lollipop (Ana 'Lollipop' Sánchez). They also struggle to overcome scorn from Kelly's dance instructor, Franco, who disapproves of her hybrid dance style and affiliation with street dancers. Kelly soon becomes the sensation of the street crowds. Through it all, the audience is treated to a variety of breakthrough performances, including Turbo's "Broom Scene" and Taco's unique popping solos during the dance battles at the Radiotron nightclub. Many hit songs are featured, including "There's No Stoppin' Us" by Ollie & Jerry and "Tour de France" by Kraftwerk.
- Lucinda Dickey as Kelly / Special K
- Adolfo Quiñones as Orlando / Ozone (as Adolfo 'Shabba-Doo' Quiñones)
- Michael Chambers as Tony / Turbo (as Michael 'Boogaloo Shrimp' Chambers)
- Ice-T as Rapper (as Ice T)
- Chris "The Glove" Taylor as Club Radiotron DJ (credited as Scratcher)
- Ben Lokey as Franco
- Christopher McDonald as James
- Phineas Newborn III as Adam
- Bruno Falcon as Electro Rock 1 (as 'Bruno Pop N' Taco' Falcon)
- Timothy Solomon as Electro Rock 2 (as Timothy 'Popin' Pete' Solomon)
- Ana Sánchez as Electro Rock 3 (as Ana 'Lollipop' Sanchez)
- Cooley Jackson as Featured Street Dancer
- Richie Haglund as Background Break Dancer (as Lil "R")
- Peter Bromilow as Judge
- Scott Cooper as Judge
- Michel Qissi as Background Dancing Spectator (uncredited)
- Jean-Claude Van Damme as Background Dancing Spectator (uncredited)
- Vidal Rodriguez as Hot Tot (as Vidal 'Lil Coco' Rodriguez)
The soundtrack of the film was released by Polydor Records in 1984. The album contains the first performance on an album of rapper Ice-T produced by DJ Chris "The Glove" Taylor & David Storrs. (He had released some 12" singles previously.)
- "Breakin'... There's No Stopping Us" by Ollie & Jerry – 4:34
- "Freakshow on the Dance Floor" by Bar-Kays – 4:42
- "Body Work" by Hot Streak – 4:22
- "99 ½" by Carol Lynn Townes – 4:02
- "Showdown" by Ollie & Jerry – 3:57
- "Heart of the Beat" by 3V – 4:18
- "Street People" by Fire Fox – Music by (Ollie & Jerry) 3:23
- "Cut It" by Re-Flex – 3:11
- "Ain't Nobody" by Rufus and Chaka Khan – 4:45
- "Reckless" by Chris "The Glove" Taylor & David Storrs - Rap by Ice-T – 3:57
In popular culture
Several months before the release of Breakin', Adolfo "Shabba Doo" Quiñones, Michael "Boogaloo Shrimp" Chambers, Bruno 'Pop N' Taco' Falcon, Timothy Solomon, DJ Chris "The Glove" Taylor, and Ana 'Lollipop' Sanchez were all prominently featured in the music video for Chaka Khan's remake of the 1979 Prince song "I Feel for You".
Home video releases
On August 5, 2003, MGM Home Entertainment released Breakin' as a bare-bones DVD. On April 21, 2015, Shout! Factory released Breakin ', along with the sequel Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo, as a double feature Blu-ray.
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