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[disambiguation needed]
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 dates
January 11, 1985
Running time
94 min.
Country United States
Language English
Box office $15,101,131

Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo is the 1985 sequel to the 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 movie was released under the title Breakdance 2: Electric Boogaloo. A further 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]

Since the release of the film, 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 for unnecessary and/or unwanted sequels.[1] The usual connotation suggests either a sequel title that is ridiculous, or that it is the follow-up to an obscure, formulaic, or simply unsuccessful movie (or other work). [2][3]

Critical reception[edit]

Though most critics rated the film poorly,[4][5] New York Press film critic Armond White considered it to be "superb"[6] and Roger Ebert gave the film a three-star rating.[7]


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," did not appear in pop charts and reached place #45 on the R&B chart.[8]

  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[disambiguation needed]
  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. ^ Phrasal Patterns 2: Electric Boogaloo Oxford University Press Blog, Ben Zimmer. Retrieved February 11, 2009.
  2. ^ The 25 Worst Sequels Ever Made Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved May 9, 2007.
  3. ^ You Got Served Variety. Retrieved May 9, 2007.
  4. ^ "Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo". Variety. December 31, 1983. Retrieved 2011-03-27. 
  5. ^ Maslin, Janet (December 19, 1984). "Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo". The New York Times. Retrieved 2011-03-27. 
  6. ^ "Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo". The New York Press. Retrieved 2013-07-31. 
  7. ^ "Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo". Chicago Sun Times. Retrieved 2011-03-27. 
  8. ^ Ollie and Jerry Electro-Funk biography page. Retrieved May 9, 2007.

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