Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Joel Silberg|
|Produced by||Menahem Golan
|Written by||Adam Friedman
Robert J. Litz
|Distributed by||Cannon Films|
|July 11, 1985|
Rappin' is a 1985 film directed by Joel Silberg, written by Adam Friedman and Robert J. Litz, produced by Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus and starring Mario Van Peebles. The film is a sequel to Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo, and is also known as Breakdance 3: Electric Boogaloo. Although it features Ice-T (who featured in Breakin' and Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo), Rappin' has a plot unconnected to the previous two films and features different lead characters and locations. The film has developed a small cult following, despite Van Peebles' lack of rapping ability and the film's overall poor production values.
Rappin' John Hood (Van Peebles), an ex-convict, attempts to save his neighborhood from developers and hoodlums. Mario Van Peebles' raps were overdubbed by Master Gee of the Sugarhill Gang, who also wrote one part.
Ice-T's small role is uncredited and he reportedly provided the rhymes, including the hero's climactic lines, "Can't stop / Won't stop / Climbing that mountain 'till we reach the top!"
Cast and crew
- Mario Van Peebles: John Hood
- Rutanya Alda: Cecilia
- Eyde Byrde: Grandma
- Rony Clanton: Cedric
- Jessie Daniels, Antoine Lundy, Charles Nelson, Trisco Pearson: The Force M.D.s
- Richie Abanes: Richie
- Harry Goz: Thorndike
- Kadeem Hardison: Moon
- Eriq La Salle: Ice
- Leo O'Brien: Allan
- Thomas Ross: Thomas
- Joe Schad: Burton
- Tasia Valenza: Dixie
- Eugene Wilde: Himself
- Richy Givens: Gangster
- Rappin' - Lovebug Starski
- Snack Attack - Melvin Plowden, Mario Van Peebles, Eriq La Salle, Kadeem Hardison, Richie Abanes
- The Fight Rap - Lovebug Starski
- Neighborhood Walk - Mario Van Peebles
- Itchin' For A Scratch - The Force M.D.'s
- Flame In The Fire - Warren Mills
- Call Me - D. Terrell
- If You Want To (FU12) - Lajuan Carter
- Golly Gee - Tuff, Inc.
- First Love Never Dies - Eugene Wilde, Joanna Gardner
The film earned $2.9 million at the US box office.
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- Andrew Yule, Hollywood a Go-Go: The True Story of the Cannon Film Empire, Sphere Books, 1987 p111