Directed by Joel Silberg
Produced by Allen DeBevoise, producer, and David Zito, producer
Yoram Globus (executive producer)
Menahem Golan (executive producer)
Written by Charles Parker (a.k.a. David Zito) and Allen DeBevoise
Starring Lucinda Dickey
Music by Michael Boyd
Cinematography Hanania Baer
Editing by Larry Bock
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (USA)
Cannon Films (non-USA)
Release date(s) May 4, 1984
Running time 90 min.
Country United States
Breakin’, released as Breakdance: The Movie in some countries, is a 1984 breakdancing-themed film directed by Joel Silberg. The film setting was inspired by a German documentary entitled Breakin’ and Enterin’ set in the Los Angeles multi-racial hip hop club Radiotron, based out of Macarthur Park in Los Angeles. Many of the artists and dancers, including Ice-T (who makes his movie debut as a club MC) and Boogaloo Shrimp, went straight from Breakin’ and Enterin’ to star in Breakin’
Kelly, a struggling young jazz dancer (Lucinda Dickey) meets up with two break dancers, Ozone (Adolfo Quiñones)(known for crazy inversions) and Turbo (Michael Chambers), who have a bitter rivalry with another crew, Electro Rock, consisting of poppers Poppin’ Pete (Timothy Solomon), Poppin’ Taco (Bruno Falcon) and Lollipop (Ana ‘Lollipop’ Sánchez). They also struggle to overcome scorn from Kelly’s dance instructor, Franco, who disapproves of her hybrid dance style and affiliation with street dancers. Kelly soon becomes the sensation of the street crowds. Through it all the audience is treated to a variety of breakthrough performances, including Turbo’s “Broom Scene” and Taco’s unique popping solos during the dance battles at the Radiotron nightclub. Many hit songs are featured, including “There’s No Stoppin’ Us” by Ollie & Jerry and “Tour de France” by Kraftwerk.