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The Beat (2003)

In a split narrative, a young man follows two paths: his father's dream of him becoming a cop, and his own dream of becoming a rapper

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Brandon Sonnier

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Brandon Sonnier
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Cast

Credited cast:
Rahman Jamaal ... Flip
Kazz Wingate IV Kazz Wingate IV ... Cassius 'Cash' Bernard
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
4-Zone 4-Zone ... Himself
Derek Barbosa ... Crazy 8 (as Chino XL)
Takbir Bashir Takbir Bashir ... Tak
John Cab John Cab ... Mugger one
Charlie Capen Charlie Capen ... Young Businessman
Michael Colyar ... Chi-Barnes
Steve Connell Steve Connell ... Artis
Coolio ... Emcee
John Cothran ... Bumma (as John Cothran Jr.)
Keith Ewell ... Tony
Fatso-Fasano ... Greyton
J.B. Ghuman Jr. ... Jimmy
Toby Howard Toby Howard ... Quentin Bernard
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Storyline

In a split narrative, a young man follows two paths: his father's dream of him becoming a cop, and his own dream of becoming a rapper

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Taglines:

Two Roads, One Path.

Genres:

Action | Comedy | Drama

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Rated R for pervasive language and some violence | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 August 2005 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Budget:

$700,000 (estimated)
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Terrific + Creative + Intelligent + Entertaining
17 August 2005 | by gkimballSee all my reviews

This movie is well worth watching. In fact, it is worth watching more than once. It is layered and thought provoking, on top of being downright entertaining. It makes you think about the choices you make in life.

Even though I am not in any way a hip-hop fan, I found the music to be great! What a talent. I especially liked the dance sequence at the bus stop.

The movie reminded me, in some ways, of Dancer in the Dark. The way that a musical is combined with a more serious theme and that it all works is amazing to me. I used to think of musicals as fluff like Mary Poppins or Cats, but no more.

I will definitely watch this movie more than once. I would love to have the printed lyrics to the songs, but since I don't, I guess I will just watch and listen again and enjoy it every time!


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