In 1984, I was ten years old and I first watched this movie with my eyes bulging out of my head. In fact, looking back, 'Breakdance the Movie' (or 'Breakin', as it was known in the U.S) changed my life. Before this film, my record collection consisted of a few 'Musical Youth' seven inches and a couple of Michael Jackson albums. After watching this film, I started collecting electro records, hip hop albums and began to roll around our school dinner hall like a fool.
The film itself is terribly acted, has a dreadful script and is shot with the same artful grace as an episode of 'Falcon Crest'. There are shocking continuity errors which just emphasises that the film was rushed out and packaged up to capitalise on the popularity of breakdancing during the early eighties. During the first 'battle' scene between 'Ozone'/'Turbo and 'Electro Rock', watch how a scowling member of the crowd (dude with huge afro) appears to magically appear in nearly every shot. The character, 'Kelly' (played by Lucinda Dickey, who you may now find shuffling around L.A pushing a supermarket trolley full of aluminium cans)is quite frankly, an embarrassment to the acting profession.
However, the importance of this film is the huge cultural impact it had on the many young people around the world who were fortunate to see it. Technically, this movie is about as bad as they come but I paid for a copy on DVD, as I will eternally be grateful to it because, like I said before, it changed my life.