Streets of Fire (1984)
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Stylish, fast-paced and featuring a rockin' soundtrack from Ry Cooder, this tongue-in-cheek action drama tells the story of how a mercenary saves his rock-star girl friend from the clutches of an evil biker gang.
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Critic Reviews for Streets of Fire
Where have you gone, Michael Pare'? I really enjoyed this.
A typically interesting effort from the vastly underrated Walter Hill that's improved with age.
SF musical biker hybrid - well done
The first feature-length music video and not a very good one at that
Unsuccessful, but very striking.
Ah, a classic hyperbolic rock-fueled action movie. The pinnacle of 80s guilty pleasure cinema.
Audience Reviews for Streets of Fire
Streets of Fire is quite a big production for a film with no real story. It's a 50% split between 80's Cheese and forced corniness. It is obviously a work of passion, the neon of the 80's reflecting in the style of the 50's, the elevated subway enclosing this small and seedy world of gangs and dancers. Visually it's great, it's very of its time and there isn't anything out there like it. The cast is odd, Rick Moranis is an angry pop promoter, Diane Lane is Ellen Aim - a kidnapped singer who bursts into song at every given moment, Willem Dafoe is an angry biker who looks like a vampire, the band 'The Sorels' is a whose who of 'that guy who was in that film in the 80's' and it's got Tommy from the Rugrats in it as a groupie called baby Doll. Bill Paxton plays the same character her always plays. Ten out of Ten for 80's bizarreness but this is to be loved only by cult followers, everyone else will feel disappointed (possibly with a headache).
The cast is the true gem here. The story is pretty cool too, but Rick Moranis playing an asshole of this proportion is classic. And Dafoe's horrid face only looks horrider as a young punk.More
When the successful rock and roll singer Ellen Aim (Diane Lane) is kidnapped by Raven Shaddock (Willem Dafoe) and his motorcycle gang The Bombers during a concert, the fan and owner of a bar Reva Cody (Deboran Van Valkenburgh) writes a telegram to her brother and Ellen's ex-boyfriend Tom Cody (Michael Paré) asking him to return to Richmond. Tom meets the former soldier McCoy (Amy Madigan) in town seeking for job and they are hired by Ellen's manager and boyfriend Billy Fish (Rick Moranis) to rescue Ellen. Tom, McCoy and Billy travel in a car in a journey to the Battery, burning down the streets of the dangerous neighborhood.
The cult "Streets of Fire" is a stylish homage to rock & roll. This movie has a awesome soundtrack with many wonderful songs of Ry Cooder and charming characters performed by the sexy Diane Lane; the annoying Rick Moranis; the funny Amy Madigan; the great villain Willem Dafoe; and the troublemaker "good guy" Michael Paré. In the end, this underrated movie is a great entertainment. 2 stars 6-12-13
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