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Wild Style

Wild Style

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Wild Style

About the Film

Wild Style follows the exploits of maverick tagger Zoro (real life graffiti artist Lee Quinones), whose work attracts the attention of an East Village art fancier (Patti Astor) who commissions him to paint the stage for a giant Rapper's Convention. A document of the earliest days of hip-hop in the boroughs of New York, everything in Wild Style is authentic - the story, style, characters, and most of the actors, are drawn from the community. It features a pantheon of old-school pioneers, including Grandmaster Flash, Busy Bee, The Cold Crush Brothers and more.

 

 

Starring: Lee Quinones
Director: Charlie Ahearn

Reactions

"Charlie Ahearn's groundbreaking film about hip-hop, graffiti, break dancing, and rap in eighties." - Sarah Cardace, New York Magazine

"It's a fascinating time capsule, worth examining for anyone interested in the cultural roots of hip hop." - Keith Phipps, AV Club

"Wild Style is a cult classic - indisputably the most important hip hop movie, ever." - David Mattin, BBC

Cast & Crew

Cast

Raymond 'Zoro': Lee Quinones
Virginia: Patti Astor
Rose: Sandra Fabara AKA: Lady Pink
Fab 5 Freddy: Fab 5 Freddy
Grand Master Flash: Grand Master Flash
Cold Crush Brothers: Easy A.D., Almighty K.G., Grandmaster Caz, Charlie Chase, Tony Tone, J.D.L.
Rock Steady Crew: Frosty Freeze, Mr. Freeze, Crazy Legs, Prince Ken Swift

Crew

Director: Charlie Ahearn
Writer: Charlie Ahearn
Producer: Charlie Ahearn
Cinematography: Clive Davidson, John Foster
Original Music: Fab 5 Freddy, Chris Stein

Technical Info

Production Year: 1983
Countries of Production: US
Languages: English
Running Time: 1h 22m
Screen Ratio: 1.37:1
Sound: Stereo
Color: Yes
Rating: R

Theaters

9/13/13
Portland
Oregon
9/18/13
9/19/13
Brooklyn
New York
9/26/13
New York
New York
9/27/13
10/10/13
Nashville
Tennessee
10/20/13
11/4/13

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Reactions

"Charlie Ahearn's groundbreaking film about hip-hop, graffiti, break dancing, and rap in eighties." - Sarah Cardace, New York Magazine

"It's a fascinating time capsule, worth examining for anyone interested in the cultural roots of hip hop." - Keith Phipps, AV Club

"Wild Style is a cult classic - indisputably the most important hip hop movie, ever." - David Mattin, BBC

Detailed Film Info

WILD STYLE follows the exploits of maverick tagger Zoro (real life graffiti artist Lee Quinones), whose work attracts the attention of an East Village art fancier (Patti Astor) who commissions him to paint the stage for a giant Rapper's Convention. A documentation of the earliest days of hip-hop in the boroughs of New York, everything in WILD STYLE is authentic - the story, style, characters, and most of the actors, are drawn from the community. It features a pantheon of old-school pioneers, including Grandmaster Flash, Busy Bee, The Cold Crush Brothers and more.

 Now celebrating its 30th Anniversary, WILD STYLE chronicles the influential South Bronx youth culture of the day - before it became globally known - and shows many important hip-hop personalities in their milieu before they went on to reap national acclaim. Chief among these is Fab 5 Freddy, who hosted Yo! MTV Raps from its inception. As vibrant and relevant as ever, WILD STYLE presents the first celluloid vision of hip-hop as a unified culture, linking graffiti, break dancing, DJing, freestyle MCing and the emergence of the hip-hop nation, culminating in one of the greatest hip-hop parties in history.

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