Streets of Fire Reviews
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
With its title inspired by a Bruce Springsteen song, "Streets of Fire" was meant to be the first in a trilogy of films based around the character of Tom Cody, whom director Walter Hill had apparently hoped to mold into the Man With No Name for the 1980s. Unfortunately, released in the same year that saw such blockbuster hits as Beverly Hills Cop, Indiana Jones & The Temple of Doom, and Ghostbusters, "Streets of Fire" received very little attention from audiences, and was apparently not well liked by critics either, and did poorly at the box office. In the long run, Diane Lane eventually rebounded and has been especially popular in more recent years, while pretty much all the supporting cast members (including Bill Paxton) continued to work steadily over the years. Sadly, the film's leading man, Michael Pare, never rebounded and spent most of his career making low grade B-pictures. A tragic waste of a fine actor who could have been a star.
As for the film itself, it's very entertaining in a style over substance sort of way. The plot is paper thin and so are pretty much all the characters (Tom Cody definitely doesn't have the same compelling aura around him that mystery man Eddie Wilson, Pare's character of "Eddie & The Cruisers" had; presumably he would evolved as a character had there been sequels, but that of course did not happen), but the stylish atmosphere, engaging action scenes and pulsating soundtrack are the real stars of the film,
I'm not a big fan of musicals (you know people all of a sudden, breaking into song) and this movie has a lot of singing and dancing in it, but it's not exactly what I would call a musical. It's a rock-n-roll fable.
It's a weird mix of action, drama, comedy, and music ala MTV. Directed by Walter Hill, so you know that you're going to get a lot of Ry Cooder's slide guitar in the sound track. It's sort of placed in the 50's so it's going to have some rock-n-roll, but it's a film from the 80s, so it also has a lot of 80's style music.
Teenage heart throb singer, Ellen Aim (Diane Lane) is kidnapped by a motorcycle gang led by Raven (William Defoe) and Reva (Deborah Van Valkenburgh) contacts her brother, Tom Cody (Michael Paré) to come to her rescue. Ellen used to be Tom's girl until she made it big in show business, with the help of her manager, Billy Fish (Rick Moranis), but Tom wasn't going to be Ellen's roady.
Joined by a fellow army vet, McCoy (Amy Madigan) they set out to recover Ellen from her captors. It's an interesting movie of the time that has a cult following.
Walter Hill directs another Warriors-esque film, set around the music industry of a depressed city, with our heroes trying to get home safe through hostile territory. Young Diane Lane looks great, and Michael Pare delivers his film noir-ish lines like a young Stallone, it's a fun mix.
Give it a rental at the very least.
I still can't figure out if this was supposed to be futuristic or in the 50s because there were 50s style vehicles with 80s clothes and hair.
great blend of '50s and new wave fashion and edginess.