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Wild Style (1983)

Zoro, the city's hottest and most elusive graffiti writer. The actual story of the movie concerns the tension between Zoro's passion for his art and his personal life, particularly his ... See full summary »

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Charlie Ahearn

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Charlie Ahearn (original concept), Charlie Ahearn | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
'Lee' George Quinones ... Raymond 'Zoro'
Lady Pink Lady Pink ... Rose 'Lady Bug' (as Sandra 'Pink' Fabara)
Fab 5 Freddy ... 'Phade' (as Frederick Braithwaite)
Patti Astor Patti Astor ... Virginia
Andrew Witten Andrew Witten ... Z-Roc (as Zephyr)
Busy Bee Busy Bee ... Chief Rocker
Carlos Morales Carlos Morales ... Hector
Alfredo Valez Alfredo Valez ... Chico
Niva Kislac Niva Kislac ... Niva
Glenn O'Brien Glenn O'Brien ... Museum Curator
Johnny 'Crash' Matos Johnny 'Crash' Matos ... Union Crew
Daze Daze ... Union Crew (as Chris 'Daze' Ellis)
Fred 'Caz' Glover Fred 'Caz' Glover ... Union Crew
Edwin 'Obe' Ortez Edwin 'Obe' Ortez ... Union Crew
Lisa Lee Lisa Lee ... Fly Girl
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Zoro, the city's hottest and most elusive graffiti writer. The actual story of the movie concerns the tension between Zoro's passion for his art and his personal life, particularly his strained relationship with fellow artist Rose. But this isn't why one watches Wild Style--this movie is *the* classic hip-hop flick, full of great subway shots, breakdancing, freestyle MCing and rare footage of one of the godfathers of hip-hop, Grandmaster Flash, pulling off an awesome scratch-mix set on a pair of ancient turntables. A must-see for anyone interested in hip-hop music and culture. Written by Leon

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Drama | Music

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Trivia

Debbie Harry was considered for the role of Virginia, which would have made the scenes of Virginia driving around to Blondie's "Pretty Baby" and the use of "Rapture" into a meta joke. See more »

Goofs

At 6:18 Hector tells Raymond 'Zoro' to take off his do-rag. Then Ray's hair pops back and forth between being flat from the do-rag to a picked out Afro during their conversation. See more »

Quotes

'Phade': Scooby Doo!
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Connections

Edited into And You Don't Stop: 30 Years of Hip-Hop (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

M.C. Battle
Composed by Fab 5 Freddy and Chris Stein
Performed by Busy Bee and Lil' Rodney Cee with Grand Wizard Theodore
(uncredited)
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Very good and the catalyst for the next decade of hip-hop
25 January 2004 | by sales-58See all my reviews

I took my friend up to LA back when this movie was released in '82 to see this in an independent theatre. We were both awed with this! In my mind this movie started the popular movement (yes, I know the music was on KSPC around this time too, but the rest of LA didn't know about the music).

Two years later "Beat Street" came out on the big screen, which is 1/1000 of this movie, and the popular crowd went with that, and the music all seemed to go "I'm poor/shot at/oppressed by the white man and I'm coming at him with my gun" as the years went on.

That's so sad to me - the genre could have had a meaning, a purpose, a style like this film shows. I think what instead happened is the studios just cashed in on whatever sold the most. Kind of a top 40 of rap/hip-hop. Get this film/video if you want to see where the genre really came from and was about back then. Get it if you want to see people and soul. Get it if you want to see people with a purpose.


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

4 November 1983 (West Germany) See more »

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Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,948
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1.37 : 1
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