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Pop culture was never the same after Breakin' erupted onto movie screens across the globe, exposing the mainstream world to the raw energy and intensity of pop locking and breakdancing! Featuring the dance movement's top superstars (with a special appearance by rap icon Ice-T), Breakin paved the way for countless urban hip-hop films to come. Lucinda Dickey, Adolfo "Shabba Doo" Quinones and Michael "Boogaloo Shrimp" Chambers star as a struggling trio of dancers who take ona rival gang in a battle to determine the best dance crew in the streets. Packed with fast-paced moves and featuring Boogaloo Shrimp's now-famous street-sweeping scene, this invigorating dance movie is a nonstop floor show of "excitingly staged'solid fun" (San Francisco Chronicle)!

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  • Actors: Lucinda Dickey, Adolfo Quinones, Michael Chambers, Ben Lokey, Christopher McDonald
  • Directors: Joel Silberg
  • Writers: Allen DeBevoise, Charles Parker, Gerald Scaife
  • Producers: Allen DeBevoise, David Zito, Menahem Golan, Yoram Globus
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dubbed, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • DVD Release Date: August 5, 2003
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (94 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00009OWJQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #29,166 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Breakin'" on IMDb

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Mr Doug Gordon on July 24, 2002
Format: VHS Tape Verified Purchase
I purchased the soundtrack when this movie came out in 1984, but I never really saw the complete movie. When it was on TV, I always seemed to catch the last half-hour. Luckily, I was able to find a new VHS copy, and I must say it's one of my favourite movies in my collection. It stars Lucinda Dickey as an up & coming dancer who befriends two breakdancers (Adolpho Quinones & Michael Chambers)who fight for the respect of the dance community to get break dancing taken as a serious art form. The soundtrack is still great after all of these years, and the story is total '80s "breakploitation". Even though it has been criticized for being total trash, and plagued with bad acting, just remember that this movie was the starting vehicle for all the actors involved. I never found the acting THAT BAD. It's a movie that will WOW you with solid jams, and hype mid-'80s fashion, plus lots of high energy breakdancing and other forms of modern dance that make the film interesting & entertaining. I was lucky to find a new VHS copy of this movie, but it would be nice if it was available on DVD in North America. In conclusion, if you really like '80s movies, then this one will not disappoint.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Alan Attebery on April 14, 2004
Format: DVD
Do not rent or buy this movie if you are looking for a movie with a strong plot line or decent acting. Both of these items are pretty much nonexistent.

There is really no sense in trying to explain the plot line to this movie, mainly because it only takes up about 20 minutes of this 86-minute movie. The rest of the movie involves the characters dancing (mostly break dancing to be exact). To be honest, the story actually gets in the way of the dancing (never thought I would say that about a movie).

Okay, if the story line isn't worth talking about and the acting is pretty much non-existent, then why the 4-star rating? Because of the dancing. This is one of those movies where the story and the acting don't really matter. For those of us with no dance talent, these dance moves will leave your mouth wide open. And any movie that can successfully do that is worth a high rating.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By mielnik on May 20, 2003
Format: DVD
Remembering those days in 1984 where any corner with a cardboard and a boom box would become an arena are brought back to life with the release of the first Breakdancing Movie. I was 10 when I first saw this movie in San Gabriel, CA., and I remember how I used to challenge kids my age (girls and boys)to break. At the end, there were no losers (most of the time everyone danced together) and it didn't involved social status, race, origin, etc, what mattered most was how well you could break. If I tried any of the floor moves I used to do, I would need a paramedic on my side just in case. I've encountered several people who would rather not remember those days, but what I can say is that if in a movie theater you had people getting out of their seats to dance and break to the beats while the movie was playing, there had to be something magical to it. I cannot say less but recommend this movie to everyone, and hopefully you will recover those lost memories just like I have.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Vicente R. Vejar on March 27, 2006
Format: DVD
This movie was great in the 80's and still great now. It takes you back to when "Kids" broke it down in the local warehouse club. Bustin' moves to gain respect, and showing off your "crew". While most kids today havn't the clue, this was the anti-Brat pack movie. No Molly Ringwold, Anthony Michael Hall, Just "Ozone" and "Turbo". To those who know those names live in the movie "Hall Of Fame". Just buy this movie it's worth the 8 bucks. You'll watch it on a rainy day, or lazy Sunday with some pop corn. For even more fun invite all the friends from the 80's pop it on before they come over, and watch the topics of conversation ROLL!!!!!
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Scott Sweet on April 12, 2005
Format: DVD
Jean-Claude Van Damme trying to shake his groove thang in a spandex onesie at the beach...

That is reason enough to buy the damn thing right there.

I admit, when I saw this at age 13 I thought "Breakin'" was the coolest thing since Star Wars. I never had anywhere *near* the athleticism for true breakdancing/floorwork, but my moonwalk and robot weren't too bad. Flash forward to 2005 - I'm a married goth with a penchant for film scores. I find both "Breakin'" AND "Breakin' 2" on DVD. I braved the eye-rolls and head-shaking to reclaim this piece of my youth.

Don't sweat the storyline. (Three dancers find their groove in challenging the snobs.) The film isn't called "Highlights from The Lee Strasberg Institute". The movie's reach matches its grasp; some scenes feature moves and routines that make your jaw drop. Michael Chambers during Kraftwerk's "Tour de France". Adolfo Quinones and Bruno Falcon during the first Radiotron duel. Lucinda Dickey during "99 1/2".

Sadly, it seems the distributors like the films about as much as my wife does. Weren't there even bloopers? Even Adolfo Quinones couldn't deliver a line like "I think I hear yo' mama calling you!" with such intensity right out of the gate. C'mon.

Try the Spanish overdub option. If you don't wet your pants, you've got the TV on mute.

Frankly, I think the three leads should reunite and revive the storyline in a different setting - say, Renaissance France...


Just watch the movie, and giggle at how much you dug that part of the 1980's. Hindsight is 20/20, after all.
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