Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo


1h 33m 1985
Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo

Brief Synopsis

When a developer tries to bulldoze a community recreation center, local breakdancers try to stop it.

Film Details

Also Known As
Breakdance 2 Electric Boogaloo, Breakin' 2 Electric Boogaloo
MPAA Rating
PG
Genre
Dance
Musical
Release Date
1985
Production Company
Modern Film Effects

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 33m

Synopsis

When a developer tries to bulldoze a community recreation center, local breakdancers try to stop it.

Cast

Lucinda Dickey

Kelly

Michael Chambers

Turbo

Susie Bono

Rhonda

Harry Caesar

Byron Smith

Jo Dewinter

Mrs Bennett

Steve Notario

Strobe

John Christy Ewing

Mr Bennet

Sabrina Garcia

Lucia

Lu Leonard

Head Nurse

Peter Maclean

Mr Douglas

Ken Olfson

Randall

Herb Mitchell

Stanley

Bill Cort

Howard Howard

Sandy Lipton

Mrs Snyder

Don Lewis

Magician

Vidal Rodriguez

Coco

Jay Sands

Rapper

Nicholas Segal

Derek

Tim Wise

Doctor

Alicia Bond

Nurse

Jerry Lazarus

Paris Director

Samuel Livneh

Dancer

John Lamotta

Policeman

Jay Rasmuny

Hardhat

Daniel Riordan

Surveyor

Alberta Sanchez

Rosa

Richard Gross

Juggler

Frankie Crocker

Emcee

Kimberly Mccullough

Kimberly; Dancer

Jim Jones

Bulldozer Driver

Fred Asparagus

Hispanic Man

Carol Lynn Townes

Singer

Toi Overton

Lst Firefox

Paulette Mcwilliams

2nd Firefox

Edie Marie Rubio

Little Girl

Cyd Glover

Little Girl

Marta Marrero

Girl

Kimberly Ann Miller

Girl

Branden Williams

Kid

Jay Bautista

Kid

Jason Fan

Kid

Kamie Harper

Kid

Beto Lovato

Kid

Jimmy E Keegan

Kid

Joshua Mott

Kid

Vajra Ky Barzaghi

Kid

Roy Mansano

Dancer; Kid

Derek Jackson

Dancer

Bruno Falcon

Dancer

Steve Kane

Dancer

Robbie Leblanc

Dancer

Randy Allaire

Dancer

Laura O'banion

Dancer

Cindera Che

Dancer

Flame Harris-metter

Dancer

Che Garcia

Dancer

Eddie Gracia

Dancer

Chris Gordon

Dancer

Naomi Rivera King

Dancer

Kimberly Lambert

Dancer

Kim Kleiman

Dancer

Brad Lusa

Dancer

Melanie Montilla

Dancer

George Szabo

Dancer

Richard Garcia

Dancer

Hammouria Jackson

Dancer (Miracles)

Anna Sanchez

Dancer (Miracles)

Adagio Team

Dancers

Bill Spinning

Dancer--Specialty Acts--Final Show

Ludo Vika

Dancer

Mimi Kinkade

Dancer

Marcea D Lane

Dancer

Jodi Lang

Dancer

Dorian Sanchez

Dancer

Raymond Garcia

Dancer

Sheri Gorsline

Dancer

Dino Henderson

Dancer

Viktor Manoel

Dancer

Jennifer Page

Dancer

Roy Johns

Dancer

Abie Selznick

Dancer

Stanley Roberts

Dancer

Nathan Stein

Dancer; The Mums

Jeff Arnold

Chairman; Dancer

Leon Lee

Dancer; Michael Jackson Lookalike

Shelby Ray Brown

Dancer

Michael Higgins

Dancer

Carl Lawrence Magno

Dancer

Bob Meyers

Dancer

Richie Pineiro

Dancer

Jody Wintz

Dancer

Marilyn Corwin

Dancer

Donna Hyatt

Dancer

Reggie Leon

Dancer

Eileen Molloy

Dancer

Pallas Sluyter

Dancer

Eugene Garrett

Dancer

Tracy Keim

Dancer

Jana Malloy

Dancer

Darlene Pabalan

Dancer

Leslie Bega

Dancer

Kimberlee Carlson

Dancer

Lisa Durazo

Dancer

John Evans

Dancer

Sabrina Gagliano

Dancer

Richard Gaydos

Dancer

Linda Gibbs

Dancer

Curtis Gregory

Dancer

Mark Hansen

Dancer

Hugo Huizar

Dancer

Tania Johnson

Dancer

Randall Lang

Dancer

Nanette Martin

Dancer

Ted Nelson

Dancer

Tita Omeze

Dancer

Mark Pollard

Dancer

Lela Rochon

Dancer

Mimi Sananes

Dancer

Stacey Sheffield

Dancer

Doug Simpson

Dancer

Cecilie Stuart

Dancer

Lance Thomas

Dancer

Tim Trass

Dancer

Angel Valentine

Dancer

Pat Waldo

Dancer

Brian Watson

Dancer

Mike Camelot

Dancer

Lola Craig

Dancer

Yolanda Edwards

Dancer

Frank Everett

Dancer

Gino Garcia

Dancer

Steve Griego

Dancer

Garrett Henry

Dancer

Harley Hyde

Dancer

Louise Kawabata

Dancer

Donovan Leitch

Dancer

Tammy Manville

Dancer; Gymnast

Laura Mujabe

Dancer

Julie O'connell

Dancer

Dane Parker

Dancer

Dave Pope

Dancer

Priscilla Sanchez

Dancer

Steven Daniells-silva

Dancer

Bruce Smolanoff

Dancer

Linda Talcott

Dancer

Heather Toma

Dancer

Verrane Tucker

Dancer

Carlos Vasquez

Dancer

Ann Williams

Dancer

Marlin Campbell

Dancer

Patricia Davis

Dancer

Eddie Ellison

Dancer

Ellison Martha Fernandez

Dancer

Rita Garcia

Dancer

Amy Beth Golden

Dancer; Gymnast

Stephen Hammers

Dancer

Eddy Hernandez

Dancer

Evelyn Jezek

Dancer

Chris Kraft

Dancer

Martin Mancuso

Dancer

Joseph Montoya

Dancer

Tanya Omeze

Dancer

Deondra Penister

Dancer

Bill Prudich

Dancer

Michael Roper

Dancer

Chris Santinac

Dancer

Ricky Simmons

Dancer

David Smythe

Dancer

Lloyd Taylor

Dancer

Catherine Tornero

Dancer

Gilbert Valadez

Dancer

Kelly Villarreal

Dancer

Donna Ausby

Gymnast

Mark Caso

Gymnast

Alison Lowe

Gymnast

Jim Broderick

Gymnast

Garfield Estes Jr.

Gymnast

Thomas Mcgee

Gymnast

Roger Montoya

Gymnast

Lonny Carbajal

Gymnast

Steve Maestas

Dancer; Gymnast

Adolfo Quinones

Susie Coelho

Jennifer Page

Hugo Huizar

Crew

Kathy Abbot

Graffiti Artist

Gale Adler

Stills

Sally Coryn Allen

Editor

David Baca

Costume Design

Dorothy Baca

Costume Design

Hanania Baer

Director Of Photography

Wenden K Baldwin

Title Design

Audrey Bansmer

Costumes

Jeff Barry

Song ("Oye Mamacita")

Connie Barzaghi

Script Supervisor

Pamela Basker

Casting

Lily Benyair-gart

Makeup

George Berndt

Adr Editor

Mike Boone

Song ("Jamin In Manhattan")

Ken Bornstein

Assistant Editor

Duane Bradley

Song ("Set It Out")

Cheryl Brown

Production Assistant (Brown Sugar Productions)

Ollie E Brown

Sound Rerecording

Ollie E Brown

Song Supervisor; Songs ("Stylin" "Radiotron" "Electric Boogaloo" "Spice" "Physical Clash" "Believe In The Beat" "Do Your Own Thing")

Pieter Jan Brugge

Production Executive

Tommy Burns

2nd Assistant Director

Johnny Burton

Songs ("Physical Clash" "I Don'T Want To Come Down")

Fern Champion

Casting

Vince Deadrick

Stunt Coordinator

Allen Debevoise

Characters As Source Material

Stefani Deoul

Production Coordinator

Reheim Diaz

Graffiti Artist

Adrian Dightam

Other

Don Digirolamo

Sound Rerecording

Robert Dinozzi

Production Assistant

Michael Dipasquale

Publicist

Steve Donn

Song Performer ("Gotta Have The Money")

Jim Doyle

Special Mechanical Effects

Anita Dreike

Production Assistant

Steven Eaton

Set Dresser

Gregg Elam

Senior Stunt Man

Paula Erickson

Music Coordinator

Paula Erickson

Production Supervisor

Michael Evans

Sound Recording

David Fechtor

Foley Editor

Robert Fitzgerald

Editor

Richard Foreman

Stills

R. L. Frost

Key Grip

Joseph T. Garrity

Production Designer

Sam Gart

Camera Operator 2nd Unit (2nd Unit)

Jimmy George

Song ("Gotta Have The Money")

Cathy Gesualdo

Production Assistant

Attala Zane Giles

Songs ("Stylin" "Radiotron" "Electric Boogaloo" "Action")

Bert Glatstein

Editor

Yoram Globus

Producer

Menahem Golan

Producer

Michael J Gonzales

Scenic Artist

Bill Goodson

Choreography

Greta Grigorian

Set Dresser

Karen Grossman

Camera Operator 2nd Unit (2nd Unit)

Jacques Haitkin

Special Camera Operator 2nd Unit (2nd Unit)

Steve Hallquist

Sound Recording

Allen Hartz

Sound Effects Editor

Tim Healey

Unit Manager

Tim Healey

Location Manager

Larry Li Hon

Production Assistant

Afrika Islam

Song Performer ("Go Off")

Chris Jenkins

Sound Rerecording

Bob Jenkis

Editor

Jerie Kelter

Set Decoration

Naomi Rivera King

Senior Stunt Man

Jerry Knight

Songs ("Stylin" "Radiotron" "Spice" "Action")

George Kranz

Song Performer ("Din Daa Daa")

George Kranz

Song

Mary Etta Lang

Costumes

Michael Linn

Sound Editor (Music)

David Lipman

2nd Assistant Director

Dee Mansano

Makeup

Moni Mansano

Makeup Supervisor

Moni Mansano

Hairstyles

Marcus Manton

Editor Supervisor

Layng Martine

Song ("Believe In The Beat")

Patricia Mckenna

Costumes

Bruce Nazarian

Song ("Set It Out")

J D Nicholas

Song

J D Nicholas

Song Performer ("High Tension")

Lorrie Oshatz

Sound Editor

Charles Parker

Characters As Source Material

Christopher Pearce

Production Manager

Mark Pritchard

Additional Editor

Elaine Ramires

Costumes

Russ Regan

Song ("Electric Boogaloo")

Julia Reichert

Screenwriter

Efraim Reuveni

Sound Effects Editor

Howie Rice

Song ("High Tension")

David Rideau

Sound Rerecording

Sylvester L Rivers

Other

Thomas Rosales Jr.

Stunt Man

Jeff Rosen

Sound Effects Editor

Mark Scott

Song Performer ("I Don'T Want To Come Down")

Tom Scurry

Foley Editor

Michael Sloan

Post-Production Supervisor

Tracey Smith

Adr Editor

Mike Stein

Song ("Jamin In Manhattan")

Larry Stensvold

Sound Rerecording

Michael Stone

Sound Rerecording

David Storrs

Song

David Storrs

Song ("Go Off")

Pat Tagliaferro

Art Direction

Chris Taylor

Song ("Reckless Rivalry")

Nino Tempo

Song ("Oye Mamacita")

Carol Lynn Townes

Song Performer ("Believe In The Beat")

Pernell Tyus

Camera Operator 2nd Unit (2nd Unit)

James Tyzik

Song Performer ("Jamin In Manhattan")

James Tyzik

Song

Mark F. Ulano

Sound; Sound Recording

Jan Ventura

Screenwriter

Michael Ventura

Production Consultant

Geoffrey Wells

Set Dresser

Hugo Weng

Foley Editor

Dan Wetherbee

Additional Editor

David Womark

1st Assistant Director

Barry Zetlin

Editor

Film Details

Also Known As
Breakdance 2 Electric Boogaloo, Breakin' 2 Electric Boogaloo
MPAA Rating
PG
Genre
Dance
Musical
Release Date
1985
Production Company
Modern Film Effects

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 33m

Articles

Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo


"They're back...for everyone who believes in the beat."
Tag line for Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo

Although this sequel to Cannon Films' hit Breakin' (1984) is far from the strangest film produced by Israeli cousins Yoram Globus and Menahem Golan, its rhyming title and focus on almost non-stop dancing has earned it a place in the hearts of film cultists. Unlike many more critically revered musicals, it can also lay claim to having become a part of the language.

Breakin' had been a response to the success of Flashdance (1983), only with more focus on dancing than plot and with real break dancers and poppers Adolfo "Shabba-Doo" Quinones and Michael "Boogaloo Shrimp" Chambers in the cast. When the film grossed more than $30 million, they set out to make a sequel, which hit screens just seven months after the original. Like the original, the film was inspired by the short-lived Radiotron, a hip-hop music club across the street from MacArthur Park in Los Angeles. Officially, the building was the Youth Break Center, created by Carmelo Alvarez to provide a safe space for local youth who had gotten into trouble for break-dancing in the streets. The original film was about the Center's founding, with a subplot about society girl Tracy (Lucinda Dickey), who finds herself drawn to street dancer Ozone (Adolfo Quinones) and his pal Turbo (Michael Chambers). The sequel dealt with attempts to demolish the center that had been temporarily thwarted when Alvarez led a youth march on Los Angeles City Hall (the Center was demolished in 1985). The sub-title came from Quinones' street name, Boogaloo, and Golan's attempts to sell his dancing in the original: "Look at Boogaloo dance electric!" (Globus quoted in Matt Patches article for Grantland, "How Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo Became a Movie and Then a Meme").

To write the film, Golan and Globus hired novelist Julie Reichert and his wife, performance artist Jan Ventura, on the recommendation of documentarian Michael Ventura, who was at their offices working on his own documentary on one of Cannon's rare upscale productions, John Cassavetes' Love Streams (1984). Reichert and Ventura knew nothing about break-dance culture, so they went to the streets to research it. Then they had to throw out their research when Golan and Globus insisted on getting a G rating. The break dancers they had met did not use G-rated language. The producers also demanded a Romeo and Juliet romance between street dancer Ozone and society girl Kelly. Finally, they just threw out the couple's script and got someone else to write the film. For director, they hired Sam Firstenberg, who had made Revenge of the Ninja (1983) and Ninja III, The Domination (1984) for them. He didn't know anything about street dancing either, but he knew how to shoot action sequences, which is how he approached the dance numbers.

Dickey, Quinones and Chambers re-create their roles from the original Breakin' (1984). Also from the original is Ice-T, whose role as a rapper is given more of a name, Radiotron Rapper. Quinones' wife at the time, Lela Rochon, also returns for a small role as a dancer. Christopher McDonald declined to return from the first film. Far down in the credits list is child actor Kimberley McCullough, making her film debut a year before she achieved fame as Robin Scorpio on General Hospital, a role she is still playing 34 years later.

For the scene in which dancers perform on the walls of a room, the production borrowed the rotating room from A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984). Freddie's glove hangs on the wall as a tribute to the horror film. The scene was inspired by Golan's love of Fred Astaire movies and was an homage to "You're All the World to Me" in Royal Wedding (1951).

This was one of two films distributed for Cannon by Tri-Star Pictures (the other was 1985's Lifeforce). It was not supposed to come out so soon after Breakin', but Tri-Star ran into trouble when its big production for the season, Supergirl (1984), tanked at the box office. They pushed Cannon to get Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo into theatres. Eight editors worked for two weeks round the clock to get the film ready sooner, then it opened in 2,000 theatres over the Christmas holiday weekend. The result was a $15 million gross, which wasn't as good as the original but, given Cannon's low-budget production, still represented a profit (and out-performed Supergirl).

Most of the reviews were less than enthusiastic, with Janet Maslin of the New York Times quipping that it "slights dramatic matters to concentrate exclusively on dancing. The movie contains so much of it that it's exhausting even to watch...." In the minority, Roger Ebert gave the film three stars and praised it for its unpretentious devotion to sheer entertainment: "Here is a movie that wants nothing more than to allow some high-spirited kids to sing and dance their way through a silly plot just long enough to make us grin."

Ebert had hoped the film would lead to a string of low-budget musicals using the music teens were actually listening to. That didn't quite happen. Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo inspired an unofficial sequel, Rappin' (1985), though there was no plot connection and the only returning actor was Ice-T, this time playing himself. More recently, the five Step Up films and the two Stomp the Yard (2007) musicals can be seen as spiritual children of and Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo.

The film has also entered the language, with its subtitle, Electric Boogaloo now used to refer to any unnecessary sequel. On Mystery Science Theatre 3000, for example, the robot Crow once said he had been approached to star in "On the Waterfront II: Electric Boogaloo." The band Five Iron Frenzy subtitled their second album Electric Boogaloo. When documentary filmmaker Mark Hartley set out to make a film about the history of Cannon Films, there was only one title possible: Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films (2014). Perhaps someday there will be a follow-up documentary called Electric Boogaloo 2: Electric Boogaloo.

By Frank Miller

Director: Sam Firstenberg
Producers: Pieter Jan Brugge, Yoram Globus, Menahem Golan
Screenplay: Jan Ventura, Julie Reichert
Based on characters created by Charles Parker, Allen DeBevoise
Cinematography: Hanania Baer
Score: Michael Linn
Cast: Lucinda Dickey (Kelly), Adolfo Quinones (Ozone), Michael Chambers (Turbo), Susie Coelho (Rhonda, Harry Caesar (Byron), Joe de Winter (Mrs. Bennett), Lu Leonard (Head Nurse), Ice-T (Radiotron Rapper), Kimberly McCullough (Kimberly/Dancer), Donovan Leitch, Jr. (Dancer), Lela Rochon (Dancer)

Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo

Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo

"They're back...for everyone who believes in the beat." Tag line for Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo Although this sequel to Cannon Films' hit Breakin' (1984) is far from the strangest film produced by Israeli cousins Yoram Globus and Menahem Golan, its rhyming title and focus on almost non-stop dancing has earned it a place in the hearts of film cultists. Unlike many more critically revered musicals, it can also lay claim to having become a part of the language. Breakin' had been a response to the success of Flashdance (1983), only with more focus on dancing than plot and with real break dancers and poppers Adolfo "Shabba-Doo" Quinones and Michael "Boogaloo Shrimp" Chambers in the cast. When the film grossed more than $30 million, they set out to make a sequel, which hit screens just seven months after the original. Like the original, the film was inspired by the short-lived Radiotron, a hip-hop music club across the street from MacArthur Park in Los Angeles. Officially, the building was the Youth Break Center, created by Carmelo Alvarez to provide a safe space for local youth who had gotten into trouble for break-dancing in the streets. The original film was about the Center's founding, with a subplot about society girl Tracy (Lucinda Dickey), who finds herself drawn to street dancer Ozone (Adolfo Quinones) and his pal Turbo (Michael Chambers). The sequel dealt with attempts to demolish the center that had been temporarily thwarted when Alvarez led a youth march on Los Angeles City Hall (the Center was demolished in 1985). The sub-title came from Quinones' street name, Boogaloo, and Golan's attempts to sell his dancing in the original: "Look at Boogaloo dance electric!" (Globus quoted in Matt Patches article for Grantland, "How Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo Became a Movie and Then a Meme"). To write the film, Golan and Globus hired novelist Julie Reichert and his wife, performance artist Jan Ventura, on the recommendation of documentarian Michael Ventura, who was at their offices working on his own documentary on one of Cannon's rare upscale productions, John Cassavetes' Love Streams (1984). Reichert and Ventura knew nothing about break-dance culture, so they went to the streets to research it. Then they had to throw out their research when Golan and Globus insisted on getting a G rating. The break dancers they had met did not use G-rated language. The producers also demanded a Romeo and Juliet romance between street dancer Ozone and society girl Kelly. Finally, they just threw out the couple's script and got someone else to write the film. For director, they hired Sam Firstenberg, who had made Revenge of the Ninja (1983) and Ninja III, The Domination (1984) for them. He didn't know anything about street dancing either, but he knew how to shoot action sequences, which is how he approached the dance numbers. Dickey, Quinones and Chambers re-create their roles from the original Breakin' (1984). Also from the original is Ice-T, whose role as a rapper is given more of a name, Radiotron Rapper. Quinones' wife at the time, Lela Rochon, also returns for a small role as a dancer. Christopher McDonald declined to return from the first film. Far down in the credits list is child actor Kimberley McCullough, making her film debut a year before she achieved fame as Robin Scorpio on General Hospital, a role she is still playing 34 years later. For the scene in which dancers perform on the walls of a room, the production borrowed the rotating room from A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984). Freddie's glove hangs on the wall as a tribute to the horror film. The scene was inspired by Golan's love of Fred Astaire movies and was an homage to "You're All the World to Me" in Royal Wedding (1951). This was one of two films distributed for Cannon by Tri-Star Pictures (the other was 1985's Lifeforce). It was not supposed to come out so soon after Breakin', but Tri-Star ran into trouble when its big production for the season, Supergirl (1984), tanked at the box office. They pushed Cannon to get Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo into theatres. Eight editors worked for two weeks round the clock to get the film ready sooner, then it opened in 2,000 theatres over the Christmas holiday weekend. The result was a $15 million gross, which wasn't as good as the original but, given Cannon's low-budget production, still represented a profit (and out-performed Supergirl). Most of the reviews were less than enthusiastic, with Janet Maslin of the New York Times quipping that it "slights dramatic matters to concentrate exclusively on dancing. The movie contains so much of it that it's exhausting even to watch...." In the minority, Roger Ebert gave the film three stars and praised it for its unpretentious devotion to sheer entertainment: "Here is a movie that wants nothing more than to allow some high-spirited kids to sing and dance their way through a silly plot just long enough to make us grin." Ebert had hoped the film would lead to a string of low-budget musicals using the music teens were actually listening to. That didn't quite happen. Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo inspired an unofficial sequel, Rappin' (1985), though there was no plot connection and the only returning actor was Ice-T, this time playing himself. More recently, the five Step Up films and the two Stomp the Yard (2007) musicals can be seen as spiritual children of

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Released in United States Winter December 21, 1985

Began shooting July 16, 1984.

Released in United States Winter December 21, 1985