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1980-1989

Beat Street (1984)

Director, Stan Lathan. Cast: Rae DawnChong, Guy Davis, Robert Taylor, JonChardiet, Sandra Santiago ; cameoappearances by Us Girls, The TreacherousThree, The System, Rock Steady Crew, SoulSonic Force & Shango, The MagnificentForce, New York City Breakers, FuriousFive, Tina B., Afrika Bambaataa, Johnny B.Bad, and others. A ghetto-derived musicalfilm which delves into the hip-hop cultureof New York's streets to uncover thedespairs, dreams, and triumphs of theemerging 80s generation.

Beverly Hills Cop (1984)

Directed by Martin Brest. Cast: Eddie Murphy, Lisa Eilbacher,Steven Berkoff, Judge Reinhold, Ronny Cox. Axel Foley is abrash, street smart Detroit detective who follows the trail ofa friend's murderer to the posh surroundings of Beverly Hills.And before Axel gets his man, he gets up to his neck in aninternational network of smugglers and drug peddlers. 105 min.

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Beverly Hills Cop II (1987)

Directed by Tony Scott. Cast: Eddie Murphy, Judge Reinhold,Jürgen Prochnow, Ronny Cox, John Ashton, Brigitte Nielsen,Allen Garfield, Paul Reiser. mean-spirited chief of police Lutz(Allen Garfield) will brook no interference from outsiders-especially the profanely insouciant Mr. Foley. This sequel presents further adventures of Axel Foley, a brash, streetsmart Detroit detective, as he comes up against a gang of munitions smugglers in California and a mean-spirited chief of police who will brook no interference from outsiders-especially the profanely insouciant Mr. Foley. 102 min.

Bird (1988)

Directed by Clint Eastwood. Cast: Forest Whitaker, DianeVenora, Michael Zelniker, Sam Wright, Keith David. A grippingdrama of the life of legendary jazz saxophonist Charlie"Yardbird" Parker. Past and future overlap as the movieexplores Bird's relationship with his steadfast wife ChanParker, his soaring skill and destructive excesses with alcoholand drugs. Film uses actual recordings by Parker skillfullyblending his solo recordings with modern musicians attuned tothe Yardbird's improvisations. 160 min.

Bones (1988)

Directed by Ernest Dickerson. Cast:Snoop Dogg, Pam Grier, Khalil Kain, RickyHarris, Clifton Powell, Bianca Lawson,Michael T. Weiss. A notorious streethustler is mistakenly brought back from thedead after some kids buy the house he waskilled in over 20 years before. Now he isseeking revenge on those who murdered him.With each new victim, the terror mounts,and Bones' vengeance spins out of control,threatening everyone in his path, includinghis former lover, Pearl.

Borderline (1980)

Directed by Jerrold Freedman. Cast: Charles Bronson, Bruno Kirby, Bert Remsen, Michael Lerner, Kenneth McMillan, Ed Harris, John Ashton, A. Wilford Brimley. When Jeb Maynard's best friend is killed by a smuggler bringing illegal immigrants into America from Mexico his only thought is that of revenge. His only clue to the identity of the murderer is that he has an unusual boot print. 99 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database
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Born in East L.A (1987)

Writer/director, Cheech Marin. Cheech Marin is accidentally deported to Mexico without I.D. or knowledge of Spanish, and can't convince U.S. officials to let him back in. Film follows Cheech's repeated comic attempts to get back home. Online Access through LFLFC ; Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Break of Dawn (1988)

Written and directed by Isaac Artenstein. Cast: Oscar Chavez, Maria Rojo, Tony Plana, Pepe Serna. Based on the life story of Pedro J. Gonzalez who championed the cause of Mexican-Americans in California during the Depression years and who worked for the reform of the California penal system. 100 min. Credits and information from the Internet Movie Database

Brother From Another Planet (1987)

Directed by John Sayles. A sci-fantasy adventure about a blackvisitor from outer space. Fleeing earth to escape slavery on adistant world, he spashes down in New York harbor and makes hisway to Harlem, where he's accepted by the regulars at a localbar, and persued by two alien bounty hunters. 109 min.
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Cannibal Holocaust (1980)

Directed by Ruggero Deodato. Banned and heavily censored the world over, here is a film that is so intense, graphic and unflinching in its realistic portrayal of cannibalism that the director and producer were arrested upon its original release. Tells the story of a professor who searches for four documentary filmmakers who disappeared into "the green inferno," a.k.a. Amazon River country. Eventually he meets the tribe responsible for the crew's demise and returns to the U.S. with several rolls of "found footage." Disc 1. Cannibal holocaust -- Disc 2.

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