Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo
|Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo|
Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo movie poster
|Directed by||Sam Firstenberg|
|Produced by||Yoram Globus
Pieter Jan Brugge (executive producer)
|Written by||Charles Parker
|Music by||Michael Linn|
|Edited by||Sally Allen
|Distributed by||TriStar Pictures (USA)
Cannon Films (non-USA)
|December 21, 1984|
Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo is a 1984 film directed by Sam Firstenberg. 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.
- Lucinda Dickey as Kelly / Special K
- Adolfo "Shabba Doo" Quiñones as Orlando/Ozone
- Michael "Boogaloo Shrimp" Chambers as Tony/Turbo
- Susie Bono as Rhonda
- Sabrina Garcia as Lucia
- Ice-T as Rapper
- Cooley Jackson as Featured Street Dancer TKO
- John LaMotta as a Policeman
- Steve "Sugarfoot" Notario as Strobe
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.
- "Electric Boogaloo" – Ollie & Jerry
- "Radiotron" – Firefox
- "Din Daa Daa" – George Kranz
- "When I.C.U." – Ollie & Jerry
- "Gotta Have the Money" – Steve Donn
- "Believe in the Beat" – Carol Lynn Townes
- "Set it out" – Midway
- "I Don't Wanna Come Down" – Mark Scott
- "Stylin' Profilin'" – Firefox
- "Oye Mamacita" – Rags & Riches
Home video releases
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.
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. The usual connotation is of either a ridiculous sequel title, or of the follow-up to an obscure or eclectic movie (or other work). It was used by Wil Wheaton as a subtitle as a plug for his radio show. The band Five Iron Frenzy titled one of their albums Five Iron Frenzy 2: Electric Boogaloo. An episode of the television show It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia was titled "Chardee MacDennis 2: Electric Boogaloo". Other news articles and media have used the Electric Boogaloo subtitle, and it has also become an Internet meme.
A documentary about the Cannon Group was released in 2014 called Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films of which Breakin' and Breakin' 2 were featured.
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No one ever sets out to make a bad movie. But it happens. A lot. Especially when there’s a 2, a III, or an Electric Boogaloo in the title. Hollywood’s mania for sequels is a relatively new development.
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