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Fire with Fire (1986)

 -  Drama | Romance  -  9 May 1986 (USA)
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A young woman from a Catholic school and a young man from a nearby prison camp fall in love and must run away together to escape the law, the church and their parents.

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Mapmaker (as Jeffrey Jay Cohen)
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Sister Victoria
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Jerry
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Ben
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Baxter
Dorrie Joiner ...
Sandy
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Manuel
Ann Savage ...
Sister Harriet
William G. Schilling ...
Watley (as William Schilling)
Penelope Sudrow ...
Stephanie
Star-Shemah Bobatoon ...
Margo
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In this fact-based melodrama, Joe Fisk is a juvenile delinquent who falls in love with Lisa Taylor, a Catholic girl's school student, in an Oregon forest. The two meet by chance when the troubled young man stumbles upon her while being chased by his peers in a training exercise, sees the lovely young girl floating in a small lake as she works on a photography assignment. The two are immediately drawn to each other, but neither of their custodians encourage contact of the opposite sex. However, when their relationship is discovered there's trouble all around, forcing the young lovers to flee. The question then remains: Will they be able to escape the law and other authorities long enough to find happiness? Written by Bambi Ross <mgross@fuse.net>

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Based on a 1978 incident in Pasadena, California where a local girls convent school held a dance for the boys from a nearby honor camp. See more »

Quotes

Joe Fisk: So... what... studying to be a nun?
Lisa Taylor: No. Are you studying to be a crook?
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Features Friday the 13th: A New Beginning (1985) See more »

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Slave to Love
Written and Performed by Bryan Ferry
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Silly fun but fun anyway
16 May 2012 | by (São Paulo, Brazil) – See all my reviews

Boy sees girl, girl sees boy, they fall in love and everything's great! It could be if wasn't the fact the boy's detained on a juvenile facility while the girl is studying on a girl's institution run by nuns. So, the young couple's challenge is try to visit each other, escaping from the places they're stuck, disobeying its authorities and rules.

"Fire with Fire" is short and sweet (maybe too sweet), simple, heavily clichéd, doesn't have much space for originality or clever moments, yet it's good to watch. Maybe because Craig Sheffer and Virginia Madsen made a nice couple, or perhaps because the kind of situation they're in is something some of us might have dreamed , who knows, but there's some bright appeal in here. Better: perhaps because we don't have flicks like this one now. Yes, it's corny, silly and very predictable (even though the ending isn't really what we were hoping for, could have been more plausible), but it's totally enjoyable.

Worths of a view for some inspiring and cool moments like the ball planned by the girls school to "help" the poor boys of the facility in dealing with their problems, the awkwardness between boys and girls before dancing with each other; the couple dancing to the sound of "Slave to Love"; Sheffer's best friend, the funny mapmaker (J.J. Cohen) who helps him in escaping from their prison; and Jon Polito playing the chief of security of the boys facility.

A sweet escape, very unpretentious and a good entertainment. 6/10


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