Rooftops (1989) - Rotten Tomatoes

Rooftops (1989)



Critic Consensus: A dance-driven drama with two left feet, Rooftops sees director Robert Wise returning to musical territory with surprisingly clumsy results.

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In his last feature film, veteran filmmaker Robert Wise directs Rooftops, an '80s dance-filled melodrama featuring a similar plot as his 1961 Oscar-winning musical classic West Side Story. A white boy named T (Jason Gedrick) lives in a largely black and Hispanic neighborhood built on the top of old buildings. He and his friends engage in a streetfighting dance competition called "Combat," which is supposedly based on the dance style of "Capoeira," originally developed by slaves in Brazil. He falls in love with Elana (Troy Beyer), who is the cousin of his major enemy, drug dealer Lobo (Eddie Ve'lez). Conclusion involves a big fight/dance sequence between T's neighborhood and the drug dealers.


Steve Love
as Jackie-Sky
Rafael Báez
as Raphael
Luis Guzman
as Martinez
Millie Tirelli
as Squeak's Mom
Robert Weil
as Hotel Clerk
Jose Ynoa
as Young Cook
Danny O'Shea
as Rookie Narc
Woodrow Asai
as Yard Foreman
Angelo Florio
as Cop at Dance
Diane Lozada
as Older Sister
Imani Parks
as Young Sister
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Critic Reviews for Rooftops

All Critics (20) | Top Critics (10)

Wise's youthful, great-looking cast exudes talent and energy.

June 18, 2021 | Full Review…

It's cliche-ridden, poorly acted and, worst of all, indifferently danced.

June 18, 2021 | Full Review…

The biggest letdown is the paucity of dance sequences that could have vaulted Rooftops into memorability.

June 18, 2021 | Rating: 2/10 | Full Review…

"Rooftops" is a film you think you know soon after it begins, and you're right.

June 18, 2021 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

It's B-grade teen saga stuff, but in the hands of an old pro like Wise, Rooftops is fairly watchable.

June 18, 2021 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Wise's return to the 'street-sussed musical' is painfully disappointing: a parade of frantic, vacuous gestures which, like combat dancing itself, simply never delivers the punch...

June 24, 2006 | Full Review…

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