Streets of Fire Reviews

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Super Reviewer
October 23, 2007
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.
Super Reviewer
June 28, 2013
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
Super Reviewer
½ March 31, 2013
A semi rehash of Hill's own "The Warriors" with a flashy neon retro futuristic atmosphere but no interesting plot to grab on to.
Super Reviewer
½ April 18, 2008
Sometimes cliche is the real way to reach a level of honesty and truth that cinism could never reach.
Super Reviewer
½ June 4, 2011
Very strange mix of 50's noir, musical and light hearted soft action which didn't really work for me, I was rather surprised as its a Hill production I expected a kick ass adult action flick but instead you get this curious blend which comes off like a high budget TV film. Great casting with allot of big names that weren't back then of course...Paxton with a dubious haircut, Moranis trying to be a tough guy and failing miserably, Pare being a plank of wood with his deliveries and Dafoe looking worryingly gay in his shiny black PVC outfits. The whole thing is pretty lame really and the dialog is laughable not to mention the acting from everyone, plot is stupid and pointless but it does look ok with all the old cars and dingy looking sets.
Super Reviewer
½ March 24, 2011
Sexy rock & roll singer Ellen Aim (Diane Lane) is kidnapped by a blood thirsty gang of bikers, the Bombers (led by Willem Dafoe). Her ex-boyfriend, tough guy Tom Cody (Michael Pare of "Eddie & The Cruisers") is summoned to rescue her and, by extension, the nameless retro 50s-meets-80s city being torn apart by the Bombers. Tom's only help - Billy Fish (Rick Moranis), Ellen's mean spirited jerk of a manager/current boyfriend, and a mouthy ex-soldier named McCoy (Amy Madigan).

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,
Super Reviewer
½ June 18, 2007
How is this movie not talked about more? This is totally the corpse EVERYONE picks from. Imagine Star Wars, but starring Han Solo, set in the world of The Warriors with a supporting cast of Rick Moranis, Willem Dafoe, Bill Paxton and a SMOKING HOT Diane Lane.
Super Reviewer
December 9, 2010
I really liked this movie, it has a great combination of different genres, great actors, an interesting story, and a lot of action. I highly recommend it.
Super Reviewer
October 13, 2010
Walter Hill's imaginative and highly stylized cult-classic from the mid 80s; is a hard-boiled, fast-moving comic strip of a film that leaves a lasting impression. A rock & roll fable, that takes place in another time, another place; a rich combination of the past with fantasy. A dark, gritty urban atmosphere full of neon-lit wet streets, vintage cars, corrupt cops and murderous outlaw biker gangs. The tale concerns the rock singing sensation Ellen Aim, superbly by played by a very young Diane Lane who is doing a benefit gig in her old neighborhood The Richmond. Raven the sadistic and psychotic leader of the motorcycle gang called The Bombers, played to perfection by Willem Dafoe in a terrific scene-stealing performance that is truly chilling, kidnaps Ellen right off the stage during the concert. Reva, played with some ballsy grit by Deborah Van Vakenburgh writes to her brother Tom Cody, played by Michael Pare who is compelling as the tough, cynical and laconic ex-soldier turned mercenary, and Ellen's ex-lover to come back to The Richmond and rescue her from Raven. Ellen's current boyfriend and manager the nerdy Billy Fish, amusingly played by Rich Moranis offers Cody $10,000 to bring her back, put wants to come along to make sure he does the job right, also coming is an ex-female soldier who Cody met in a bar named McCoy, played nicely by Amy Madigan who at her sassy best here. Now Cody and McCoy must venture to The Battery; the seediest part of the city which is completely controlled by outlaw biker gangs, to find Ellen and bring her back to The Richmond. A visual delight thanks to the extraordinary cinematography by Andrew Laszlo. The film was shot entirely on the striking, elaborately constructed soundstages on the Universal backlot, with production designer John Vallone's gloriously impressive sets that create a retro world of the 50s. but the film's biggest asset is the brilliant and rousing Ry Cooder's score, that features the chart-topping hit "I Can Dream About You." A unique slam-bang fantasy, that offers a hell of a good time. Highly Recommended.
Super Reviewer
April 21, 2012
The dialogue is shit, and the plot is wafer-thin. On the other hand, the music is great and the editing is fantastic. It's a 90 minute music video.
Super Reviewer
½ August 13, 2007
Influential in its look and stylish direction, but slim on actual story.
August 21, 2013
"Streets of Fire" is one of those movies where you can forgive the cheesiness because the filmmakers have done a commendable job trying to make a movie that's unique and original. No movie has ever attempted to do a musical action-drama ("Blues Brothers" may come close, as a musical action-comedy.) The story is simple, but it inspired every beat-em-up video game that was to come afterwards. Rick Moranis is annoying in this flick, but strong performances by Michael Pare and Amy Madigan more than make up for it.
March 19, 2013
Enjoyable 80's action flick in which a dude has to save a singer's life. Some of the songs are cheesy including that "I could dream about you" but they were popular at the time. Gotta love Rick Moranis and that Diane Lane is one hot lady. Dafoe was good as the villain too
½ April 18, 2012
Streets of Fire (1984)

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.
September 20, 2008
Strangely good, that's how I'd describe this movie. This films has a strange combination of genre conventions packed into it, it has elements of biker movies, action movies, westerns, romance, musical, comedy, drama, and even sci-fi. The story is set in a world where rock and roll is one of the most important things in life, a world that you could only create by taking 80s actors and transporting them to a set built in the 50s and then letting them run wild with their characters without telling them what time period it is. I mean, it seems like they're supposed to be in the 50s, but the film makers keep forgetting or something. This actually created a new world which actually works, and has a cool style. The songs are really good too. As weird as this movie was I actually really enjoyed it in the end.
½ November 14, 2009
A strange hybrid of music and period settings makes for an interesting watch, but I'll be damned if it didn't fish me in completely.

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.
July 14, 2009
Full of suck. It doesn't matter how awesomely creepy Willem DeFoe is. This movie is full..of...suck.
½ March 19, 2008
This really is a terrible movie- and in a so terrible it's good. the opening scene with the bikers kidnapping the pop star... sound effects and all were hilarious. Willem Dafoe with a smooth face was an interesting sight, and the acting in this is just HORRIBLE. I don't know if it's the script or the actors, but all the lines were delivered like a middle school production, even from Dafoe and Moranis (seasoned actors).

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.
October 18, 2008
A pretty good 80's movie, with a nice soundtrack. Sure, it can be quite corny at times, but that's part of what makes the film fun to watch. Billy Fish was my favorite character in this movie, since you don't often see Rick Moranis playing an arrogant character. The character Cody was pretty cool, too...even if the giant gun was a little cheesy. :P
October 15, 2008
the sets and the music were the highlight for me. the actors and story are tolerable.
great blend of '50s and new wave fashion and edginess.
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