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Breakin'

Plot

'Breakin': A struggling young jazz dancer (Lucinda Dickey) meets up with two break-dancers. Together they become the sensation of the street crowds. Features ICE-T in his film debut as a club MC.

Release Year: 1984

Rating: 4.8/10 (2,528 voted)

Director:
Joel Silberg

Stars: Lucinda Dickey, Adolfo Quinones, Michael Chambers

Storyline
'Breakin': A struggling young jazz dancer (Lucinda Dickey) meets up with two break-dancers. Together they become the sensation of the street crowds. Features ICE-T in his film debut as a club MC.

Writers: Charles Parker, Allen DeBevoise

Cast:

Lucinda Dickey

Kelly
/
Special K


Adolfo Quinones

Ozone
/
Orlando

(as Adolfo 'Shabba-Doo' Quinones)


Michael Chambers

Turbo
/
Tony

(as Michael 'Boogaloo Shrimp' Chambers)


Ben Lokey

Franco


Christopher McDonald

James


Phineas Newborn III

Adam


Bruno Falcon

Electro Rock 1

(as 'Bruno Pop N' Taco' Falcon)


Timothy Solomon

Electro Rock 2

(as Timothy 'Poppin' Pete' Solomon)


Ana Sánchez

Electro Rock 3

(as Ana 'Lollipop' Sanchez)


Ice-T

Rap Talker

(as Ice T)


Peter Bromilow

Judge


Eleanor Zee

Judge


Scott Cooper

Judge


Ed Lottimer

Judge's Assistant

(as Eb Lottimer)


Teresa Kelly

Vicky

(as T.C. Laughlin)

Taglines:
For The Break Of Your Life!



Details

Official Website:
MGM |

Release Date: 4 May 1984

Filming Locations: Los Angeles, California, USA

Opening Weekend: $6,047,686
(USA)
(6 May 1984)
(1 Screen)

Gross: $38,682,707
(USA)



Technical Specs

Runtime:



Did You Know?

Trivia:

In the first "street dancing" scene (the one in which Kelly accompanies Ozone and Turbo to the beach), the audience watching the dancing is comprised of surfers and beach bums. In said audience, we see a man in a black singlet clapping with the music. This man is Jean-Claude Van Damme in his first on-screen appearance. According to Van Damme, he tried hard to draw attention to himself by jumping in the air and doing flips but they were not included in the film.

Goofs:

Crew or equipment visible:
At the final audition when they are hugging each other and the camera spins around them you can see the camera operator or his assistant on the right.

Quotes:

Turbo:
[Talking in the mirror, using a broomstick as a microphone]
I want, to thank you for this award. It's the recognition for my peers, it's all those agonizing days, teaching Ozone everything I know.

Ozone:
I don't want to stay, all night don't you? Why don't you, go out and sweep man?

Turbo:
Award winners, don't push brooms.

Ozone:
Yeah, go out and sweep, kucklehead. Who are you anyway, Fred Astaire?

Turbo:
Who?

Turbo:
[dances to breakdance music, with the broom]



User Review

AIN'T NO STOPPIN' A GOOD MOVIE!

Rating: 9/10

I just viewed an old tape of "Breakin'" last night. It's been 17 years
since I first viewed it at the movies. However, I can't believe the
powerful effect it still has on me. Yes, admittedly, the plot is not
original, the screenplay is truly by-the-numbers, and the acting is
generally amateurish. Yet, in spite of these shortcomings, the movie is
still catchy, sincere, and engrossing. That's because of the talented
stars
who really love what they do, namely, breakdancing and "poppin' and
lockin'," along with the stimulating, get-on-your-feet dance
music.

This movie is like a time capsule of the 80s, with hints of the future.
Moreover, I still find it to be inspirational, motivational, and hypnotic.
Looking at these streetdancers and the jazz dancer go after their dreams
with sheer determination, talent, and grit makes me want to jump up and do
the same thing! Yes, I'm nearly fifty, but looking at this movie gave me
another shot of adrenalin to do what I need to do in my daily life.
"Ain't
no stoppin' us" is the endless musical mantra in "Breakin'"…nothing
stopped the dancers, and nothing's going to stop me, either. Watch
"Breakin'" for yourself, and you'll see what I mean. 9/10
Rating.