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Streets of Fire (1984)

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More like a series of MTV sequences than a long-term narration, this super-thin story line focuses on a kidnapped singer (Diane Lane) and her ex-boyfriend (Michael Pare) who goes forth to save her through rainy streets, the roar of elevated subways, several alleys, and the usual warehouses. Each thrust of the story has rock music that follows along with the narration. ~ Eleanor Mannikka, Rovi

Jul 21, 1998

MCA Universal Home Video

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All Critics (25) | Top Critics (4) | Fresh (13) | Rotten (8) | DVD (5)

A carefully stylised movie that's something like pure cinema.

January 12, 2014 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

Where have you gone, Michael Pare'? I really enjoyed this.

March 25, 2007
Nolan's Pop Culture Review

A typically interesting effort from the vastly underrated Walter Hill that's improved with age.

September 27, 2005
Fantastica Daily

SF musical biker hybrid - well done

August 13, 2005
Classic Film and Television

All sound and fury signify nothing.

August 21, 2004 Full Review
Spirituality and Practice

The first feature-length music video and not a very good one at that

December 12, 2003
Greenwich Village Gazette

Unsuccessful, but very striking.

August 23, 2003
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies

Ah, a classic hyperbolic rock-fueled action movie. The pinnacle of 80s guilty pleasure cinema.

October 21, 2002
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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).
January 3, 2014
SirPant

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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.
August 20, 2013
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Curtis Lilly

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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
June 28, 2013
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Bruce Bruce

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A semi rehash of Hill's own "The Warriors" with a flashy neon retro futuristic atmosphere but no interesting plot to grab on to.
March 31, 2013
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