Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo

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Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo
Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo movie poster
Directed by Sam Firstenberg
Produced by Yoram Globus
Menahem Golan
Pieter Jan Brugge (executive producer)
Shirts Stanley
Written by Charles Parker
Allen DeBevoise
Jan Ventura
Julie Reichert
Music by Michael Linn
Cinematography Hanania Baer
Edited by Sally Allen
Bert Glatstein
Bob Jenkis
Marcus Manton
Barry Zetlin
Distributed by TriStar Pictures (USA)
Cannon Films (non-USA)
Release date
December 21, 1984[1]
Running time
94 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $15,101,131[1]

Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo is a 1984 film directed by Sam Firstenberg.[2] It is a sequel to the 1984 breakdancing film Breakin'. Electric Boogaloo was released nine months after its predecessor by TriStar Pictures and by Cannon Films a few months later. In some international locations the film was released under the title Breakdance 2: Electric Boogaloo. Another sequel, Rappin' (also known as Breakdance 3) was made but had an unconnected plot and different lead characters – only Ice-T features in all three movies.


Breakin' 2 features three characters from Breakin' – Kelly (Lucinda Dickey), Ozone (Adolfo Quinones), and Turbo (Michael Chambers) – who struggle to stop the demolition of a community recreation center by a developer who wants to build a shopping mall. Viktor Manoel, Ice-T, and Martika (who was little known then) also appear as dancers.


"Electric Boogaloo"[edit]

The subtitle "Electric Boogaloo", originally a reference to a funk-oriented dance style of the same name, has entered the pop-culture lexicon as a snowclone pejorative nickname to denote an archetypical sequel.[3] The usual connotation is of either a ridiculous sequel title, or of the follow-up to an obscure or eclectic movie (or other work).[4][5]

Critical reception[edit]

Though most critics rated the film poorly,[6][7] New York Press film critic Armond White considered it to be "superb"[8] and Roger Ebert gave the film a three-star rating.[9]


Like its predecessor, much of the film's soundtrack was provided by Ollie & Jerry, comprising the duo Ollie E. Brown and Jerry Knight. The title track, "Electric Boogaloo", reached number 45 on the R&B charts.[10]

  1. "Electric Boogaloo" – Ollie & Jerry
  2. "Radiotron" – Firefox
  3. "Din Daa Daa" – George Kranz
  4. "When I.C.U." – Ollie & Jerry
  5. "Gotta Have the Money" – Steve Donn
  6. "Believe in the Beat" – Carol Lynn Townes
  7. "Set it out" – Midway
  8. "I Don't Wanna Come Down" – Mark Scott
  9. "Stylin' Profilin'" – Firefox
  10. "Oye Mamacita" – Rags & Riches

Home video releases[edit]

On April 15, 2003, MGM Home Entertainment released Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo as a bare-bones DVD. On April 21, 2015, Shout! Factory released the film, along with Breakin', as a double feature Blu-ray.


  1. ^ a b "Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved February 21, 2016. 
  2. ^ "Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo". TCM database. Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved February 21, 2016. 
  3. ^ Phrasal Patterns 2: Electric Boogaloo Oxford University Press Blog, Ben Zimmer. Retrieved February 11, 2009.
  4. ^ The 25 Worst Sequels Ever Made Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved May 9, 2007.
  5. ^ Harvey, Dennis (January 29, 2004). "Review: 'You Got Served'". Variety. Retrieved May 9, 2007. 
  6. ^ Variety Staff (December 31, 1983). "Review: Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo". Variety. Retrieved 2011-03-27. 
  7. ^ Maslin, Janet (December 19, 1984). "Breakin 2 Electric Boogaloo (1984) SCREEN: 'BREAKIN' 2'". The New York Times. Retrieved 2011-03-27. 
  8. ^ White, Armond (August 4, 2010). "Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo". New York Press. Archived from the original on January 7, 2015. Retrieved 2013-07-31. 
  9. ^ Ebert, Roger (January 1, 1984). "Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved 2011-03-27. 
  10. ^ "Electric Boogaloo". Billboard. January 26, 1985. 

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