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Rubble Kings

HD   Unrated Closed Captioning

Shan Nicholson

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About the Movie

From 1968 to 1975, gangs ruled New York City. Beyond the idealistic hopes of the civil rights movement lay a unfocused rage. Neither law enforcement nor social agency could end the escalating bloodshed. Peace came only through the most unlikely and courageous of events that would change the world for generations to come by giving birth to hip-hop culture. Rubble Kings chronicles life during this era of gang rule, tells the story of how a few extraordinary, forgotten people did the impossible, and how their actions impacted New York City and the world over.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 16
  • Fresh: 12
  • Rotten: 4
  • Average Rating: 6.4/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: A fascinating, valuable work of social, music and New York history, a celebration of a peaceful revolution by those who helped birth it. – Daniel M. Gold, New York Times, Jun 19, 2015

Fresh: Cramming a lot of anecdotes, urban lore and frenzied movement into a mere 71 minutes, Nicholson's docu imperceptibly builds to an unexpected, revelatory climax. – Ronnie Scheib, Variety, Jun 17, 2015

Fresh: Shan Nicholson's film consists of oral histories from the now-reformed gangsters. As such, it can't help but sound a bit embellished, what with all the street monikers and seemingly glorified titles. – Martin Tsai, Los Angeles Times, Jun 19, 2015

Rotten: It fails to go deep enough, suggesting an appetizer offered as an opening to an ultimately unserved meal. – Sal Cinquemani, Slant Magazine, Jun 15, 2015

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Customer Reviews


I was fortunate enough to see this movie on the big screen very recently. I was born in 1991 in the Bronx and did not have a clue-visually, how NYC looked like. I can almost taste the environment and feel the danger.

Powerful Film!

This film is so powerful words can't begin to describe. The message is clear yet not overstated. The footage is unbelievable. Kudos to the director for making such a bold statement! Peace over violence! I walked away feeling inspired and empowered by this beautiful piece of history.


I've been waiting long time for this to come out and I wasn't disappointed! Takes me back to the "old" New York that had a character that you couldn't find anywhere else on Earth, before it became the Disney World it is now. I can't compliment this film enough. A story about the origin of hip hop culture told from a very unique perspective. Check it out!!!!!

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