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Teen Musicals & Dance Classics
Film Facts:
Starring  Lucinda Dickey,
Adolfo Quinones (Shabba-Doo) &
Michael Chambers (Boogaloo Shrimp)
Dance Classics At Hollywood Teen Movies:
aka: Breakdance
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Hollywood's Song & Dance Stars Of Yesteryear:
TITLE :  Breakin' (aka Breakdance)
CLASSIFICATION : PG              
DIRECTOR : Joel Silberg  
STARRING : Lucinda Dickey, Adolfo Quinones, Michael Chambers, Ben Lokey, Christopher McDonald, Phineas Newborn III, Bruno Falcon, Timothy Solomon, Ana Sánchez, Ice-T, Peter Bromilow, Eleanor Zee, Scott Cooper, Ed Lottimer, Teresa Kelly
* For the break of your life! Push it to pop it! Rock it to lock it! Break it to make it!
* Here The Beat... It's On The Street! Breakin' & Poppin' Everywhere!
Breakin' became the first big screen feature film to bring worldwide audience attention to the art of "Breakdancing", the new dance craze that swept the U.S. in the early 1980's. The film features spectacular dance sequences, a hip-hop soundtrack and outstanding performances from the three leads, Lucinda Dickey, Adolfo Quinones (Shabba-Doo) & Michael Chambers (Boogaloo Shrimp). All three were chosen because of their exceptional dance skills and it shows in every frame of the film. An interesting feature of "Breakin" is that is takes conflicting situations (that would normally turn in to fights) and allows them to be settled by dance-offs instead of fight-offs.  These well staged "combat" dance sequences are some of the most unique dance moments put on the big screen. It is easy to see why this low-budget film became a surprise hit grossing over $36 million at the US box office and paved the way for the sequel "Breakin 2: Electric Booglaoo". Unfortunately in some parts of the world both films are out of print and extremely hard to find. If you like dance films they don't come much better than this. Look out for kung fu superstar Jean Claude Van Damme in an early scene of the film. He is clearly visible as a background dancer in the dynamic Venice Beach dance sequence. You can't miss him, he's the one wearing the black tights and trying to muscle in on all the action.
Promotional Rhyme for Breakin':
Look Out! - It's the hot one, with the hottest new sound,
The record-breakin' movie packing houses all around!
Meet "Boogaloo Shrimp" & lightning "Shabba-Doo".
They got all the moves - and all the hits too!
Like "Breakin'…There's No Stopping Us", "991/2",
"Freakshow On The Dance Floor":
You'll lock, pop and laugh!
Shabba-Doo & the Shrimp are combing LA:
They need a girl partner: enter "Special K".
She's a jazz dancer and she knows how to strut,
But her career's going nowhere; she's stuck in a rut.
So the three team up, and turn on the ignition,
Setting their sights on a big-time dance audition.
Can they buck the odds? Can they steal the show?
There's only one way that you're gonna know:
Take It! Play It! Feel the music in your bones!
Breakin's the original! - the rest are all clones.
Breakin' is the one - see it for yourself!
For dancin' excitement, grab this one off the shelf!
Breakin' 1 & 2 Now On DVD:
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Breakin' [DVD](1984) DVD
Breakdance! Rap music! They're on the street! Movies Unlimited's got a flick that can't be beat! Lots of great dancin' and prancin' around! It's the hippest movie you'll find in town! Lot's of great music from the top pop world! "Breakin'" has the beat that'll make you whirl! So get down, get funky, grab a pal! Movies Unlimited's gonna make you say "wow"!! Lucinda Dickey, Shabba-Doo, Boogaloo Shrimp and Christopher McDonald star, with a performance by Ice-T. 86 min. Standard; Soundtracks: English Dolby Digital stereo, Dolby Digital Surround, Spanish; Subtitles: English, French, Spanish; theatrical trailer.

Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo [DVD](1984) DVD
The snazzy, smash sequel to the big breakdancing hit of the year brings back Lucinda Dickey, Boogaloo Shrimp and Shabba-Doo to organize all the breakers in town to help fight a mean-spirited land developer. These hip-hop kids just want to have fun, and so will you! With Ice-T, Jo De Winter. 94 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital Surround; Subtitles: English, Spanish, French; theatrical trailer.

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