Streets of Fire


Streets of Fire

Critics Consensus

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.



Total Count: 24


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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.


Michael Paré
as Tom Cody
Diane Lane
as Ellen Aim
Rick Moranis
as Billy Fish
Rick Rossovich
as Officer Cooley
Lee Ving
as Greer
Elizabeth Daily
as Baby Doll
Lynne Thigpen
as Motorwoman
Marine Jahan
as `Torchie's' Dancer
Ed Begley Jr.
as Ben Gunn
Harry Beer
as Squirt
Kip Waldo
as Waldo
Matthew Laurance
as Ardmore Cop
Sarah Marten
as Woman in Diner
Tamu Blackwell
as Richmond Citizen
Richard Rimo Moreno
as Richmond Citizen
Antonie Becker
as Richmond Citizen
Elizabeth Jordan
as Richmond Citizen
Susan Cheung
as Bar Patron
Vicki McCarthy
as Bar Patron
John Hateley
as Poker Player
Rock Walker
as Poker Player
Phil Alvin
as Bar Band
Dave Alvin
as Bar Band
John Bazz
as Bar Band
Bill Bateman
as Bar Band
Gene Taylor
as Bar Band
Lee Allen
as Bar Band
Steve Berlin
as The Blasters, Bar Band
Paul Mones
as The Roadmaster
Vince Deadrick
as The Roadmaster
Paul Lane
as The Roadmaster
Bernie Pock
as The Roadmaster
Spiro Razatos
as The Roadmaster
Jeff Smolek
as The Roadmaster
William Beard II
as The Attacker
Stuart Kimbell
as The Attacker
John Ryder
as The Attacker
as The Attacker
Ric Moreno
as Richmond Citizen #2
Susan Cheng
as Bar Patron #1
Rock A. Walker
as Poker Player #2
Vince Deadrick Jr.
as The Roadmasters Band Member #2
Paul M. Lane
as The Roadmasters Band Member #3
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Critic Reviews for Streets of Fire

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Audience Reviews for Streets of Fire

  • 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
  • Jun 04, 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.
    Phil H Super Reviewer

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