Everything you need to know about ‘Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo’

by Santino J. Rivera on December 14, 2012 in Cultura

One of the great things about the Interwebs is that you can literally look up almost anything you want. That’s great right? You’d think with that kind of power there would be no stupid people but that’s just not the case. Instead, we have more stupid people now than any point in history. How do I know this? I’m on Twitter a lot.

So, the other day on Twitter, a friend of mine (we’ll call him Jose) started posting about the classic breakdancing film Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo. I hadn’t thought about that film in years and he ended up posting a link to the entire film. For the life of me, I could not stop watching it. For one thing, it’s like a nasty car wreck that you just have to look at and like some sorry rubbernecker, I ended up watching the whole thing.

Now, I’ve seen the film before but the last time I watched it in its entirety was in a movie theater somewhere in 1984-85. I was 10 years old.

Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo to the 10-year-old mind is epic. I mean, it takes off right where the original film left us with Ozone, Turbo and Kelly fighting “the man” to save their neighborhood community center. Cool right?? Well, not so much when you’re older…

This film has some pretty obvious things wrong with it (white savior racism for one) but what prompted me to write this article (besides alcohol) is that I learned several things about the film that I never knew before and I’m willing to bet you didn’t either. Then again, I might be drunk and writing this from a public library terminal. But you’ll never know either way.

For starters, this film has one of the worst opening title sequences in the history of film. And it’s not so much the filming (which is terrible) as it is the music. We are forced to endure Believe in the Beat by Carol Lynn Townes as we watch various people breakdance “in the streets”.

Look, I’d rather stab myself in the ears with rusty corncob holders than listen to Believe in the Beat again, but be my guest. The song is probably the most un-breakable tune in the whole movie so why they chose this song to open the film is anyone’s guess. It’s awful.

One thing I remembered from the film was the hot “Spanish girl” that couldn’t speak English. I wasn’t sure what else to Google to search for information about her but somehow that term worked. In the film, her name was Lucia and she was the love interest of Turbo. She also had the voice of Minnie Mouse…if Minnie could not speak a lick of English.

According to the IMDB, she was actually an American actress named Sabrina Garcia who couldn’t speak a word of Spanish. Go figure! The film makers dubbed her lines with awful Minnie Mouse Spanish because…Hollywood is run by a bunch of racist assholes. I’m betting she was ecstatic about that. No one has ever heard from her again. If you’re somehow reading this Sabrina, hello!

Ice-T (from TV for you kids who don’t know he was a rapper exactly 100 years ago) is in this film and he looks like Rob Halford from Judas Priest, obviously in a different era and hell bent for leather. Seriously, I had to actually look up how old Ice-T is after seeing him in this movie. He’s 54.

Ice-T was also in a sequel to Electric Boogaloo but it had a different story line and was called Rappin’ AKA Breakdance 3. It also starred  Mario Van Peebles and Eriq La Salle.

Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo was directed by Sam Firstenberg. Who? Exactly. The people that wrote this atrocity of a film never wrote anything else. Roger Ebert gave this film three stars! Think about that for a minute.

Another thing about this film that sticks out in my mind is the scene where Turbo dances on the ceiling.

I’d always wondered how the hell they pulled that off. To my surprise, the film crew borrowed the rotating room from A Nightmare on Elm St. (which also came out in 1984). Allegedly, there’s a picture of Freddy’s glove on the wall.

The film (and its predecessor) was inspired by true events. The Radiotron, which was a community center for youth in MacArthur Park in Los Angeles, was also a focal point for early hip hop culture on the West Coast. Both films were shot at Radiotron and despite a community effort to save it, the building was demolished. Youth Director Carmelo Alvarez led a march to Los Angeles City Hall in an effort to save the building but unlike in the film, Kelly’s dad did not come through on a white savior horse and write a check.

The community center in the movie (Miracles) is actually a real place in Boyle Heights called Casa Del Mexicano. According to my friend who lives close by (we’ll call him Dave) says it has narrowly escaped recent demolition as well.

Another friend of mine who went to school in Boyle Heights (we’ll call him Arc) says that the director of the film nearly violated labor laws by allowing neighborhood kids to be in the film’s opening scenes.

So what does this all mean? Absolutely nothing! It means that you can look up even the most minute and mundane details about awful films from your childhood and then share them with poor saps too foolish to listen to you rant about them.

Now that I have cleansed my soul of Electric Boogaloo I am looking forward to dissecting Colors, starring Sean Penn and Robert Duvall. Maybe. If my editor (we’ll call him Dennis) doesn’t kill me first.

Please feel free to share your Electric Boogaloo tidbits in the comments and or tell me I’m nuts.

Thanks.

Santino J. Rivera is an Indie Publisher and Author @ Broken Sword Publications

{ 13 comments }

Elise Roedenbeck December 14, 2012 at 7:59 AM

I had never heard of the ‘Breakin’ movie franchise until 2007 when a boyfriend at the time (we’ll call him El Árabe) decided to show me his two most favorite childhood movies. I think I broke up with him the following Thursday* (*details).

Jan Williams December 15, 2012 at 7:31 AM

i think on some scale you are rignt about electirc booglealoo and i think the reasoning behind this beacuse it was made so quickly after the orginal movie jumping on the money band wagon or so to speak the carol lynn towers record is suprisingly not bad considering but agree after listening it to to a couple of times id rather drive an electric drill into my ears than repeat it agree the plot was bit thin at times and the relenship between kelly and ozone fir me was left wide open at the end and i always wondered that could have been worked on a bit more to give closer.
However on the scale electirc boogleoo is not that bad its a feel good movie which i think a lot of people still enjoy today i know that lot of people who were teenagers in 1984/85 now show it to there kids etc etc and in the advent of todays so called dance movies and other movies that are out its safe to show to youe kids and still paves the way for kids to explore there creative side plus the fact with ozone being topless is one big major plus LOL
over all i think that by todays standards of movies its a good peace of histroic dance movies

Jerel June 4, 2013 at 6:28 AM

Great movies, jus downloaded that turbo scene. Thanks for the info on it bein the freddy room but to b fair u need to post here the pics of the same room in nightmare on elm street and one where the spot of the supposed glove on the wall is emphasized. p.s. Also lettin us know the highlights of shabba doo training famous actors n dance and the origin of the moonwalk would add a lot too. Thank u

Michele Garnetgirl1291 August 11, 2013 at 10:51 PM

Haha, I remember wanting to be Kelly. Like I really, REALLY wanted to be Kelly. I was gonna run away and be a dancer and make two breakdancing friends and we’d hang out and dance all the time. Man, the perceptions of things we have at that tender age. Thanks for the memories. :)

lets just call me late December 5, 2013 at 5:26 PM

ok, so here it is a year (almost) since Mr. Santino Rivera was at “the library” posting his research on one of my all time favorite break dancing movies. And this whole time I thought I was the only guy who remembered the hot Spanish dancer. I remember telling my buddies I would one day marry her (no luck). So Mr. Santino or anyone else who has invested their time leaving comments and personal views about the movie, where is Ms. Sabrina Garcia now? Don’t ask how or why I started my search on the cast of Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo (in particularly Ms. Sabrina) but all I could find out was she was also a Body Rock. Thanks

Santino J. Rivera December 5, 2013 at 6:30 PM

What’s up, late? You are definitely not the only guy who remembers the hot “Spanish” chick. They made her talk like Minnie Mouse en espanol for a reason…heh. Unfortunately, she’s a virtual ghost. She’s either dead or so far removed from Hollywood now that we would probably wouldn’t recognize her. She has nearly no digital footprints other than the two films you mentioned…which is weird.I figured maybe she’d be on feisbuk, but nope. I read in another interview that she was from Anaheim so if you’re still waiting to give her that ring, you might start there…although, you may or may not be thrilled with what you find. The ballad of Sabrina may end with her in any number of ways and for whatever reason, I can’t imagine many of them are pleasant.

Thanks for reading!

joefresno January 16, 2014 at 3:45 PM

Luica aka s.garcia very hot chick

Boogaloo 2 You March 1, 2014 at 4:53 PM

Your article is informative but your a typical revisionist liberal race baiting racist . The white savior comment is so typical. The movie although comical and cheesy and dated reflected how society was in its own way. You could call the entire minority cast Uncle Toms for demeaning their racial dignity with your idiotic mindset The white savior on his horse was and in some circumstances still is true. So come off your high horse paco and grow some huevos!

Santino J. Rivera March 2, 2014 at 8:02 AM

And so, the long shamed and disgraced former member of Electro Rock comes out of hiding. What was your breakin’ name again – Whiny Wack White Boy? I think you’re still pissed Kelly told you step off.

boss March 16, 2014 at 10:52 AM

You sir sound like a hater. The movie was good for its time. It came out during the break dancing craze in the 80′s. I do agree with you on the “believe in the beat” song. Me personally I would have liked if all they did was play Ollie and Jerry and George Kranz songs through the whole movie. I’m watching it now and I’m just smiling thinking about how I used to love this movie when I was younger..

Fred March 16, 2014 at 2:54 PM

I have to agree with ‘boss’ here, “Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo’ is an entertaining film and it still is, just finished watching it on Encore not that long ago. While I agree some of the music is unforgettable, you certainly can’t say that about “Din-Da-Da”, that song is the jam and the groove still makes you move. As far as Roger Ebert giving the film 3 stars, the film was a product of it’s time when pop locking and break dancing was the craze, and you’re definitely nobody to question the film critiquing of a late great legend like Robert Ebert. You grew up, we get it, hell we all did, just some of us didn’t get sticks up our butts and act all sadity and turn our noses up on something looking down on it thinking we’re too good for it. Relax man, it was just a film that was designed to introduce the world to the life of popping and break dancing, nothing more nothing less. They were not trying to win awards or be something you look back on as a masterpiece in film making man, it was just a film showing the culture of that lifestyle. If it was trying to be more than that I might be inclined to be in agreement with you, but it was not. So just relax Santino and enjoy the film for what it truly was man, nothing more nothing less.

Don Revie March 30, 2014 at 10:57 AM

Loved that scene in the movie and spanish girl was undisputably lovely but I would love to know who did the musical number they were all dancing to…anyone?
Oh who remembers the line
“…she wants to dance with you,she thinks you’re sexy ! ” ?
Trashy inauthentic and highly commercialised exploitation but good humoured,melodic,colourful and intensely enjoyable nevertheless !
Don Revie
Leeds UK

Melissa Tatum April 7, 2014 at 1:09 PM

Ok….it was an alright movie when I was 9. BUT.. the image of the girl with the hairiest armpits in the world is still imbedded in my memory!!! She is in one of the scenes at the end during the fundraising concert. If memory serves me correct it is right after the dancing rooster. She is sitting in a pink tank top and white cap waiving her arms like a Yeti. Yuck!!!

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