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795 Ratings

Wild Style

Directed by Charlie Ahearn
United States, 1983
Drama, Music


Maverick tagger Zoro’s work attracts the attention of an East Village art patron who commissions him to paint the stage for a giant Rapper’s Convention. Zoro’s passion for graffiti art is soon thrown into conflict with his strained personal life.

Our take

Directed by Charlie Ahearn, this is the first true hip-hop film, capturing the early energy of the sound that would take over the world. Set in the early 80s Bronx, the film’s fictional plot yields to the real artistry occurring in its setting, simmering with a cultural revolution about to emerge.

Wild Style Directed by Charlie Ahearn
A who’s who of early hip-hop appears on-screen, while background shots of the war-zone streets that birthed hip-hop, long shots of beautifully and meticulously tagged subway trains, and in-your-face performance scenes set in palpably hot, sweaty makeshift clubs combine to give Wild Style an artful vibrancy that remains undiminished.
November 12, 2008
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‘Wild Style’ has all the surface-level trademarks of A Bad Film: wooden acting, sloppy camerawork, abrasive, boggy sound – all of which conceal the scuzzy charm at its core.
August 07, 2007
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As a showcase for many aspects of the incredible outpouring of creativity that took place in New York during the late ‘70s and early ’80s, it can’t be beat.
March 29, 2002
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