Streets of Fire (1984)

R  |   |  Action, Crime, Drama  |  1 June 1984 (USA)
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A mercenary goes after his ex-girlfriend, a singer who has been kidnapped by a gang.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ellen Aim
Billy Fish
Reva Cody
Officer Ed Price
Officer Cooley
Clyde the Bartender
Bird - The Sorels
Reggie - The Sorels (as Grand Bush)
Lester - The Sorels
B.J. - The Sorels (as Mykel T. Williamson)
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Rock and Roll singer is taken captive by a motorcycle gang in a strange world that seems to be a cross of the 1950's and the present or future. Her ex-boyfriend returns to town and to find her missing and goes to her rescue. Written by K. Rose <>

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Enter a world where street gangs rule . . . and violence is real ! [Video] See more »


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Release Date:

1 June 1984 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Calles de fuego  »

Box Office


$14,500,000 (estimated)


$5,600,000 (USA)

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Sound Mix:

(4 channels)| (70 mm prints)



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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James Horner wrote three different original scores for this film before he ultimately left the project in favor of director Walter Hill's preferred composer Ry Cooder. See more »


In the stairway scene Tom Cody's hair makes a drastic change. See more »


McCoy: Some people that never talk about their feelings got 'em deeper than anybody. Other people never talk about their feelings 'cause they ain't got any.
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Performed by The Fixx
Written by Cy Curnin, Jamie West-Oram, Adam Woods, Rupert Greenall and Dan K. Brown
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Extraordinary kinetic work
23 December 2005 | by (Mountains of Madness) – See all my reviews

Walter Hill, whose fine directorial achievements include "Hard Times", "The Warriors", "Southern Comfort", "Crossroads", "Johnny Handsome" and "Extreme Prejudice", scored another creative bullseye with this self-proclaimed "rock and roll fable". Though it is simplistic in the extreme, it is an extraordinarily kinetic work with great music, stunning cinematography, cutting edge editing (from Hill regular Freeman Davies) and fantastic production design.

From a purely visual perspective, it was way ahead of its time, and like most things that were ahead of their time, it flopped badly (at the box office). So much of the film is worthy of praise -- the opening credit sequence employs a bravura graphic technique that has been much imitated; the kidnapping of Ellen Aim (Diane Lane) is a stunningly staged sequence, as is Lane's mimed rendition of Jim Steinman's fabulous "Tonight Is What It Means To Be Young". The climactic fight sequence between Michael Pare and Willem Dafoe (in one of his first screen roles) is magical, as are all the film's scenes of physical combat.

Hill makes mean, lean, muscular movies and populates them with both fresh faces and screen vets. Michael Pare, who had a limited career, is just fine as the mythical Tom Cody, the film's reluctant hero (is there any other?). Dafoe shines as Raven Shaddock, the lead of the kidnappers, and the MIA Amy Madigan is just terrific as the tough-talking McCoy, Pare's feisty sidekick.

Andrew Laszlo, who worked with Hill on "Southern Comfort" and even shot Tobe Hooper's "The Funhouse", does a knockout job with the cinematography and, working with ace production designer John Vallone (another Hill reg) creates a magnificent retro universe on the Universal backlot.

Not to be missed!

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