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Rappin' (1985)

PG | | Drama, Music, Musical | 10 May 1985 (USA)
An ex-con and break-dancer helps save a neighborhood from a greedy developer while trying to win a rap contest.

Director:

Joel Silberg

Writers:

Adam Friedman, Robert Jay Litz (as Robert Litz)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mario Van Peebles ... John Hood
Eriq La Salle ... Ice
Melvin Plowden Melvin Plowden ... Fats
Richie Abanes Richie Abanes ... Richie
Kadeem Hardison ... Moon
Leo O'Brien Leo O'Brien ... Allan
Charles Grant Charles Grant ... Duane (as Charles Flohe)
Rony Clanton Rony Clanton ... Cedric
Ruth Jaroslow Ruth Jaroslow ... Mrs. Goldberg
Michael Esihos Michael Esihos ... Stavros
Anthony Bishop Anthony Bishop ... Mr. Fiorello
Fredric Mao Fredric Mao ... Mr. Chan
Rutanya Alda ... Cecilia
Brandi Freund Brandi Freund ... Rosalita
Eyde Byrde Eyde Byrde ... Grandma (as Edye Byrde)
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An ex-con and break-dancer helps save a neighborhood from a greedy developer while trying to win a rap contest.

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Taglines:

It's The Street Sensation That's Sweepin' The Nation! See more »

Genres:

Drama | Music | Musical

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 May 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

House rap See more »

Filming Locations:

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,802,204, 12 May 1985

Gross USA:

$2,864,844

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,864,844
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

During the audition scene in the nightclub with Ice-T, the DJ and Rapper with him on stage were members of his REAL LIFE crew, "Rhyme Syndicate". Brothers Eric Garcia and Henry Garcia are better known as "Evil E" and "Hen G". See more »

Quotes

Dixie: I told you he'd come.
Bravman: He couldn't resist your charms.
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Connections

Featured in VH1 Presents the 80's: Hip Hop/R&B (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

Golly Gee
Performed by Tuff Inc.
Written by J. Eric Evans
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too much cringe
16 December 2018 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

John Hood (Mario Van Peebles) is released from prison. He goes home to his grandma and younger brother. He reconnects with his best friend Ice (Eriq La Salle). The evil landlord Wilson is trying to evict the multi-ethnic downtrodden neighborhood. Hood and his friends work to fight against the villainous land-developer. He falls for rival Duane's girlfriend, Dixie (Tasia Valenza).

If this is a disconnected sequel to Breakin', then this is a complete failure. I would love to have Breakin' 3 with the original crew. As a new story on its own, this is still a failure. If they want a movie about rapping, make Ice-T the protagonist. He's the only connecting tissue and he deserves a chance. His acting couldn't be any worst. Mario has always been a hustler and a try hard. He tries hard to be a rapper but he's far from one. I couldn't believe the first rap is about food. Eriq La Salle is stiff and cold. He can be that way in ER because that's the character. In this, he's just stiff and he's not a real rapper either. Duane is a ridiculously villain. He's white bread trying to be hard and it comes off like a cartoon. I do like the town council rap for its hokey sincerity but the closing credits rap is just cringeworthy. I want to like this but too much of this is cringeworthy.


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