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Krush Groove (Widescreen)

Sheila E. , Joseph Simmons , Michael Schultz    R (Restricted)   DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
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Like its progenitors Beat Street and Wild Style, Krush Groove is a movie about hip-hop that in its rush to document an emergent culture ignores plot, acting, cinematography, or anything else that makes a movie watchable or worthwhile.

That said, Krush Groove contains some nifty performances from hip-hop legends Run-DMC, the always hilarious Fat Boys (see Disorderlies if you can't get enough of their weighty shtick), brilliant MC Kurtis Blow, and Prince proteacute;gé Sheila E. Also look out for soon-to-be L.A. Law-yer Blair Underwood in a lead role. Performances aside, Krush Groove isn't def, it's just so-so. --Ethan Brown

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In this movie based on the life of Russel Simmons, hot young record producer/manager Russel Walker has all the hottest acts on the record label Krush Groove records. The acts include Run-DMC, Dr.Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and Kurtis Blow. When Run-DMC has a hit record and Russel doesn't have the money to press records he borrows money from a drug dealer/loan shark. At the same time Russel and Run are both competing for the heart of Sheila E.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Material --- "F" what you heard Feb. 2 2003
By Mello-D
Format:DVD
This movie is a hip-hop classic. It's not a movie for the bling-bling, bounce-bounce, hip-hop listener or the late comer to hip-hop culture. If you were down with this movement when it first started then you will definitly want to add this one to your video collection. If you are somebody that just got into rap music in the 90's or later... you may not feel it the same way. One of the other reviewers said they were "dissapointed" and didn't understand why Sheila E. got more props than LL or Beastie Boys... that's because they weren't known yet and Shelia E. was... if you were down from the start you would know that. This movie is not for the ignorant or casual hip-hop listener but rather for the seasoned conesiuer that REMEMBERS (not just heard about) when nobody even knew what rap was. This is not for the cats that think they know hip-hop becasue they went out and bought a bunch of old school records and now they think they're an expert. This is for heads that bought LL's "Radio" album when it was brand new in the store... not the one who just got it last week. This is for the REAL hip-hop heads...not the avant-guard backpacker who didn't buy RUN-DMC until after they became legends or thinks LL is different now than he was in '83.
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5.0 out of 5 stars So here it is, another DEF JAM June 23 2000
Format:VHS Tape
Never mind that corny Leonard Maitlin quip. this is the story of the biggest rap label ever, told fictionally. Krush Groove is really DefJam Records, the label that would go on to host the biggest acts ever, including RunDMC, The Beastie Boys, LL Cool J, the FatBoys, Kurtis Blow (ALL FEATURED PROMINENTLY AND ACTUALLY DISPLAYING GOOD ACTING SKILLS), and later MethodMan, Redman, DMX and Public Enemy. This film has great performances, an angry Run coming on stage, positively commenting on the other performers quietly and declaring, "but this is my m.. house!" is great. Kurtis Blow does If I ruled the World, the FatBoys do their thing, etc. But in terms of seriousness and social blah blah, watching this movie, seeing the way Russel came up, and looking now at what he's become, is just amazing. They got Blair Underwood to play Russel Simmons, and he does a great job. This movie should, though it probably wont, go down as one of the best accounts of the achievement of the American Dream, through dangerous dealings and dreaming, all types of adversity and successes, in a music that was emerging. The movie was made in 85, and it takes place pretty much exactly as it was being made, with complete faith in its premise, its music, and its eventual success. That's quite amazing because you can now look at it as a historical testament, no exxageration, to one of the biggest cultural movements this nation has ever had. Hip hop heads, we'll go down like the gnostics, amazing innovators and proponents of culture, suppressed by the ignorant and the power-hungry. You'll show this movie to your kids one day.
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5.0 out of 5 stars most underrated rock n roll movie of the 1980s May 2 2000
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
Krush Groove is the most underrated rock n roll movie of the 1980s. Is it the Best music film of the 80s? No that title belongs to Purple Rain. Actually Krush Groove attempts to redo Rain's successful formula, using talented musicians generally playing themselves in a fictitious story with some realistic elements. It actually came out a year or so too early, with rap and hip hop still generally a black phenomenon despite Blondie's #1 pop "Rapture". (Debbie Harry makes an appearance here portraying a club singer.) The one "Actor" not playing himself was Blair Underwood who played the character Russell Walker (While the REAL Russell Simmons played a stage hand named Crocket) The story deals with a number of rap artists Run DMC, Kurtis Blow and the Fat boys in their efforts to make it big as hip hop stars. It deals with the good and bad of having a hit record on a small independent record label, competition between two brothers over the heart of a young female singer (Sheila E.), the consequences of borrowing money from a loan shark, the opportunity to sign with a major label and a talent contest looking for new hip hop talent. The contest includes an appearance from New Edition, an all too brief appearance from future superstars The Beastie Boys and an in studio audition from LL Cool J. The film was rated "R" generally for some mild violence and usage of the "F" word. (Six instances where two would automatically mean an "R" rating) It didn't do too hot at the box office. I had stated that the film came out a year or so too early. The reason I stated this was that in 1986, one year following this film's release, Run DMC's cover of Aerosmith's Walk This Way got heavy airplay on white radio, even going to number1 on album rock radio in Aerosmith's homebase of Boston MA. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars Krush Groove is an interactive experience of Joy! Feb. 10 2000
By Amy
Format:VHS Tape
This movie is so cute, so happy, so silly, so fun. It has become a member of my family. The music is good, the characters are hilarious, and you can pick out bits of truth and history if you look. You can also play "Where's LL?". He is scattered a few places in the movie. And you get to see the real Russell Simmons talking to the character based on Russell Simmons, played by Blair Underwood. MTV had a hip hop day a couple of years ago, and they featured Krush Groove, hosted by Fab 5 Freddy. (You can also see F5F in the beautiful, classic, solid Wild Style.) The only advisory is to erase or fast-forward through the scene in which the Fat Boys (the Disko 3) are in their science class, right before they get into "Don't you dog me.... Aaarh aaarh, aaarh aaarh....". The classroom part contains an unnecessary dissection scene. Watch it and you'll see what I mean. Enjoy this movie, and by all means --- keep the spirit of Krush Groove alive! Word. :)
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5.0 out of 5 stars KRUSH GROOVE IS A CLASSIC!!!!!!!!!!!!
HIP HOP WILL NEVER BE THE SAME... I'M GLAD WE HAVE ALL STAR MOVIES LIKE KRUSH GROOVE,BEAT STREET,AND GRAFFITTI BRIDGE... Read more
Published on July 3 2004 by YOUNG PIMPIN'
3.0 out of 5 stars Classic... sort of.
This movie featured some of the best talent of the day, but the poor script and contrived plot bring it down a few notches. Read more
Published on March 8 2004 by Eric A. Nilsen
5.0 out of 5 stars good
it's rated r for absolutely nothing. barely any cuss words compared to todays rap.
Published on July 21 2003 by jj
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorites
Watching this movie is definitely a trip down memory lane. Any true fan of Hip Hop will enjoy watching old school artists such as Run-DMC perform. Read more
Published on March 2 2003 by Stacy E. Burrell
5.0 out of 5 stars Nipsey digs the Old School Hip -Hop
You into old school like Nipsey then this is your flick.
The great RUN-DMC with the late great Jam master Jay, LL COOL J,Kurtis Blow,The fatboys, Beastie Boys, and The fine... Read more
Published on Feb. 13 2003 by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Krush Groove is good fun!
The first thing I have to say is ......why is this movie rated R?....must be because Hollywood was scared of Hip-Hop when this movie was released.... Read more
Published on Feb. 8 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars A must see
I have read some of the reviews above and i am a bit disappointed. I saw this movie when it relased and I watched now, in 2002 and I still think it is great. Think about it. Read more
Published on Dec 29 2002 by Todd E.Waters
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
Basically just a venue for Russell Simmons to hype his label (Krush = Def; Groove = Jam) and the music is disappointing. Beastie Boys and LL Cool J get short shrift and Sheila E. Read more
Published on June 7 2002 by Joseph S. Grossberg
4.0 out of 5 stars History of Rap Music
This is loosely based on the story of Russell Simmons and Rick Rubin, the boy wonders who founded Def Jam, a record company who roster boasted the best rap acts of the 1980's. Read more
Published on Nov. 2 2001 by Hillari Hunter
5.0 out of 5 stars Krush Groove
This movie brought back all the memories of High School. The movie was great, and is the talk at work. Also seeing all the rappers in their youth, was also fun to see.
Published on Aug. 6 2001
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