Breakin' Movie Trivia

Breakin' Trivia

AKA: Breakdance
For the break of your life!
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Franco's dance class.

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Film facts for the 1984 Dance / Music movie starring Adolfo Quinones, Michael Chambers, Lucinda Dickey, Ben Lokey

Christopher McDonald, Phineas Newborn III, Bruno Falcon, Timothy Solomon, Ana Sánchez, Peter Bromilow, Eleanor Zee, Scott Cooper (II), Ed Lottimer, Teresa Kelly, Ric Mancino, Lyla Grahm, Bea Silvern, Gweldolyn Brown, Andre Landzaat Update Cast

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A pre-fame Jean-Claude Van Damme makes an uncredited cameo as a dancing spectator in the first dance sequence. He's in a black leotard!
Thanks to Ricardo Carpenter
Rapper ICE-T plays the dj at the Radiotron. Breakin kicked his career with the song "reckless" before he became known for gangsta rap.
Thanks to Robert Baum
Lucinda Dickey, who played "Kelly" or "Special K" actually was an accomplished gymnast as well as professional dancer. She also played the aerobic dancer who winds up in the posession of a killer's soul in "Ninja III: The Domination" which, like "Breakin" was another 1984 release from producers Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus.
Thanks to Robert Baum
Director Silberg later wound up suprisingly not directing the follow-up "Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo", but instead, like Lucinda Dickey working on another slice and dice cheapo flick "American Ninja," released by Cannon and produced by Golan and Globus.
Thanks to Daniel Price
A 'how to breakdance' video came out about the same time as the movie, called "Breakdance -You Can Do It!" It has clips from the Breakin' movie and is hosted by 'North American breakdance legend' Odis Medley. It has some amazing 80's costumes in it that are truely to die for!
Thanks to Aaron Smith
"Turbo" and "Ozone" both appeared in Lionel Richie's pop video "All Night Long". Turbo and Ozone can be seen Breakin in the music video: "I feel for you" by Chakka Khan who also sung "Ain't Nobody" from this film.
Thanks to Derek Greene
"James", Kelly's agent, also played Shooter McGavin in "Happy Gilmore". He is also seen in "Grease 2"
Thanks to Marty Masicampo
Shabba-Doo was a member of the L.A. Lockers dance group in the 70's. The group specialized in the dance form known as "Lockin'." Another well-known member was Fred Berry: "Rerun" of the 70's sitcom What's Happening!
Thanks to Ron Acree
Michael Chambers - AKA Turbo- is credited as having taught Michael Jackson the dance move now known as "The Moonwalk." This move was originally known in the 70's as "The Glide."
Thanks to Monika Brooks
Michael Chambers was the executive Producer for the Movie "Kids"
Thanks to Daniel Mendez
Michael "Boogaloo Shrimp" Chambers who plays Turbo, also plays Urkelbot in the old episodes of Family Matters. Also, he can be seen dancing in Sugar Ray's video "Fly"
Thanks to Jamie Griffin
Ozone can be seen as a key dancer in Madonna's 1987 World Tour videos. He also helped choreograph the show. He also appears in Madonna's "Who's That Girl" video. Ozone also played a break dancer in the movie "Xanadu". He's in the very middle. Hard to miss him!!
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The 2 guys who battled against Ozone and Turbo..The Latino one,"Pop n' Taco", danced in Michael Jackson's Captain EO video that was played at Disneyland in 3d.
Cast/Crew Danielle Manuelito/Brian W.
According to the IMDB, Breakin' was released in the US on the same day (May 4th, 1984) as "Sixteen Candles" and "The Bounty". And Breakin' beat out Sixteen Candles that weekend.
Thanks to Michelle Minter
Well, if you're as old as I am or maybe even older you'll probably remember seeing James (Christopher McDonald) in an Elton John video for the song "I'm Still Standing". He's one of the dancers, but you have to really be looking for him to see him...
Thanks to Romy
It is said that D.J. Afrika Islam, who was in movie during the breakdance showdown scenes, does not like to be photographed & has little or no pictures available on the net or in the media. He spends most of his time in London these days, but diehard D.J. fans seek photos. Afrika Islam has also gone on to work with alot of huge artists and considers himself the "Son of Afrika Bambaataa".
Thanks to Takneisha Dover And M. Caudle
Lela Rochon and Shabba-Doo (Ozone) were married for three years. Lela has an uncredited small cameo in the first scene. While preparing for a local talent show, the dynamic young woman won the heart of an up-and-coming choreographer whose stage name was Shabba Doo. In 1984, the year she graduated from high school, Rochon Fuqua tied the knot with Shabba Doo. Shabba Doo began casting his bride in his movies and music videos, including Lionel Richie's "All Night Long" and a few by Luther Vandross.
Thanks to Christiana
Lucinda Dickey was also in "Grease 2". She can be spotted in the 'Reproduction' scene, seated next to 'the twins' in the yellow sweaters.
Thanks to Maze
If you watch after the end credits, it looks like there is a breakdancer that gets tangled up while trying to do a move, and another breakdancer carries him off camera. In fact he was doing a move called 'the spider' and part of the routine was for his buddy to pick him up.
Thanks to Karen
Ben Lokey (Franco) also danced in "Staying Alive" with John Trovolita as a dancer during the auditions, Lets Get Physical with Olivia Newton John and many others.
Thanks to Anna Daley, To Sian And To Alexander White
Ben Lokey, who played "Franco" in "Breakin'" is also in Michael Jackson's "Thriller" video. If you watch "The Making of Thriller", you will see him in the scene where Michael and assorted dancers are rehearsing the main dance scene. John Landis is squatting down to watch the dancer's feet, and the main choreographer has just explained that now they need to work on character. The camera cuts away to show the rehearsal, and to the left and 2 or 3 dancers back, there he is (Franco) ...easily identifiable by the bandana around his head (as Franco, he often wore the same kind of head-dress).
Thanks to Troy
Whatever happened to Tim Solomon? I noticed they had another guy finish the opening beach scene. It's not the same guy in the pink floyd hat. And I noticed he wasn't in part 2 either.

Update: Ryan Sinclair kindly wrote in to explain that, in the filming of the beach scene, Timothy "Popin Pete" Solomon didn't turn up to the filming. They had to replace him with another actor, wearing the same Pink Floyd hat.
Thanks to Nick Napolitano
In the scene where Ozone tells Turbo to sweep up outside, if you look on the shelf behind Ozone, there are boxes of "Special K".
Thanks to Rebecca
Michael "Boogaloo Shrimp" Chambers also appeared in the Gap Band's video for their 80's hit, "Party Train" (I believe this was made in '83). The video was filmed at the exact same location (and probably the same time) as "Breakin'".
Thanks to Bry Grundy
Adolfo 'Shabba-Doo' Quinones had a speaking part as 'Pepe' in an episode of Miami Vice in 1985.
Thanks to Mark Beale
Adolfo Quinones "Ozone" appeared in "Married with Children" Season 4, Episode 15: Rock and Roll Girl, as a music video producer.
Thanks to Stacee
Michael Chambers aka Turbo was also an announcer on the kids game "Fun House" in the early 90s.
Thanks to Lea
I am sure a lot of the dancers from Breakdance appear in Michael Jackson's BAD video.
Thanks to Warita
Cooley Jackson, who is in both Breakin 1 and 2, is the person that taught Michael Jackson how to moonwalk. He was a Solid Gold Dancer also.
Thanks to Aaron Smith
Michael Chambers (Turbo) played Good Robot Bill in "Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey"
Thanks to Michael Ambrosini
"James," Kelly's agent in Breakin, played 'Goose' in "Grease 2".
Thanks to Kesa Merritte
Shabba-Doo was a Break dancer in the Micheal Jackson videos Thriller, and Ghost, I am sure many others. But those two really stuck with me. And Shrimp was the animated cat in the Paula Abdul Video, Opposites attract.
Thanks to James Froelich
The man standing next to Van Damme is Michel Qissi who was Tong Po in "Kickboxer" and had his knee shattered by Bolo Yeung in "Bloodsport", which was also a Cannon Film.
Lucinda Dickey (Special K) was also one of the backup dancers in "Grease 2".
Thanks to totaljett
Rememeber the McDonalds commercial in 1984 where pedestrians are crossing a street and a kid moonwalks pass them? That kid was Turbo! You can see the commercial on if you're interested.
Thanks to Karen
Bruno "Pop N' Taco" Falcon who was the hispanic member of Electro Rock (the group who battled Ozone & Turbo) also appeared in the Klymaxx video "Meeting in the Ladies Room".
Thanks to Jaz
The second member of Electro Rock (the black guy) Timothy 'Popin Pete' Solomon is still dancing to this day as an active member of the Electric Boogaloos and teaching workshops all over the world.
Thanks to Veronica West
The Electro Rock duo (Bruno Pop N' Taco' Falcon & Timothy 'Poppin' Pete' Solomon) were also breakdancers in Disney's space adventure musical Captain EO, starring Michael Jackson.

Bogus Trivia

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The following trivia for "Breakin'" is apparently bogus. If you disagree or have additional info, please update us.

Myth: The DJ was not Ice-T, but Snoop Doggy Dog.

Fact: Of course it was Ice-T!
Adolfo Quinones (Ozone) was the drummer in Bobby Browns 'my perogative' video.

He wasn't -- someone asked him personally!
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