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Style Wars (1983)

Cast: Sam Schacht, Sam Schacht
Director: Tony Silver, Tony Silver
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Plexifilm
Genre: Documentary, Biographies, Art
Languages: English
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This title is currently out of print.

Calisthenic breakdancing and big, bold graffiti art were in top form and popularity in the U.S. in the early and mid-1980s, and this documentary extols the spirit and the talents of a variety of New York youngsters who were expert in either one or both of these challenging pastimes. Public reactions are wildly varied. On the one hand, the youth brave a police crackdown on graffiti and face barbed wire fences and guard dogs in the railroad yards where they spray paint subway cars with oversize lettering. On the other hand, their art is shown in a municipal gallery and analyzed with the same seriousness as a Rembrandt or a Renoir. Whether viewers judge the graffiti an "eyesore" or a bit of post-modern expressionism, it is true that both the art and the dancing are incisively presented in this hour-long exploration. ~ Eleanor Mannikka, All Movie Guide


Special Features:

  • Commentary by Director/Producer Tony Silver and Producer Henry Chalfant
  • 23 minutes of outtake footage
  • Interview with Tony Silver and Henry Chalfant (2002)
  • Interview with Editors Victor Kanefsky and Sam Pollard (2002)

GreenCine Member Ratings

Style Wars (1983)
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7.69 (32 votes)
Style Wars (Bonus Disc) (1983)
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8.00 (8 votes)

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