Streets of Fire

Streets of Fire

DVD - 1998
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Tom Cody is a handsome, heroic soldier of fortune who returns to his old neighborhood to rescue his gorgeous ex-girlfriend, rock star Ellen Aim, from the clutches of the evil motorcycle gang that kidnaps her.
Publisher: Universal City, Calif. : Universal Home Video, 1998, c1984
ISBN: 9780783227870
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (93 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in


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Jun 23, 2016

This is a pretty strange movie. Directed by Walter Hill, an eclectic genre specialist whose films include "The Warrirors," "48 Hours," and "The Driver." It's billed as a "rock and roll fable" and while named after a Springsteen song, does not feature that song. I read something about Hill saying he wanted to make a film with everything he liked as a teen, which includes rock and roll, a beautiful singer, guns, motorcycle gangs, Willem Defore, and, of course, streets and fire. It's worth it for the strong visuals and cast, if not for the story and writing. Michael Pare is a total dud in the lead, but the supporting cast is pretty great: Diane Lane, Amy Madigan, Bill Paxton, Rick Moranis (in a rare dramatic role), and Defore as a leather-clad bad guy. Ry Cooder, Jimmy Iovine, and Jim Steinman (who worked with Meatloaf) did the music. An 80s cult film waiting to happen.

Apr 19, 2012

Written and directed by Walter Hill of another cult classic with a similar grungy feel and atmosphere, 1979's "The Warriors", this 1984 film has a certain charm to it. Set in the 1950's, and the present/future (?), the cast was selected perfectly. Michael Paré, the antihero of few words (with a Brooklyn accent); a sumptuous 19 year old Diane Lane, old flame/lounge singer in distress; Amy Madigan, butch, cigar smoking sidekick; Rick Moranis, (aptly named 'Fish'), Lane's nerdy manager/boyfriend (!); and Willem Dafoe as the villain 'Raven', one weird looking dude... (what the heck was that he was wearing?). Cameos by Bill Paxton & Ed Begley Jr. Full of cheezy dialogue, Studebakers, '80s outfits & hairdos, a filthy elevated subway with dramatic, billowing steam... The plot is thin, but it's still somehow kinda cool. I'd like to check out the unofficial 2008 sequel, "Road To Hell", also with Michael Paré...

Dec 01, 2011

This 80's film is a little bizarre but kind of fun. The acting by Michael Pare (from Eddie and the Cruisers) is uneven, but Willem Dafoe is creepy. Don't expect greatness, but watch for a crazy mix of retro and dystopian. I enjoyed the music so much I bought the soundtrack.


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Nov 03, 2017

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Apr 19, 2012

Officer Ed Price (to Tom Cody): "Well, my plan went to sh*t. Let's see how you do... (...kick his ass...)"


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