Streets of Fire

1984, Fantasy, 1h 38m

28 Reviews 5,000+ Ratings

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Streets of Fire may sometimes buckle under the strain of its ambitious fusion of disparate genres, but Walter Hill's bravura style gives this motorcycle musical fuel to burn. Read critic reviews

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Raven Shaddock (Willem Dafoe), along with his gang of merciless biker friends, kidnaps rock singer Ellen Aim (Diane Lane). Ellen's former lover, soldier-for-hire Tom Cody (Michael Paré), happens to be passing through town on a visit. In an attempt to save his star act, Ellen's manager, Billy Fish (Rick Moranis), hires Tom to rescue Ellen. Billy and Tom, along with former soldier McCoy (Amy Madigan), battle through dangerous cityscapes, determined to get Ellen back.

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  • Mar 25, 2022
    An ambitious and highly stylized action musical. Hill really committed to the world building here (sets, costumes, and dialogue all add to the atmosphere) and the result is downright hypnotic. A real shame we never got to see the full trilogy they planned.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Jun 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
    Bruce B Super Reviewer
  • Mar 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.
    Pierluigi P Super Reviewer
  • Apr 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.
    Marcus W Super Reviewer

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