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Hearts of Fire (1987)

A reclusive musician, once a huge rock star, takes a young female protegee. While on a tour she meets a younger, more popular rocker and switches her loyalties.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Billy Parker
Fiona ...
Molly McGuire
James Colt
Anne Ashton
Susannah Hoffmann ...
Blind Woman
Jack Rosner
Charlie Kelso
Ian Dury ...
Richie Havens ...
Pepper Ward
Timmy Cappello ...
Stella Duncan-Petley ...
Billy Block ...


A reclusive musician, once a huge rock star, takes a young female protegee. While on a tour she meets a younger, more popular rocker and switches her loyalties.

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Drama | Music | Romance


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Release Date:

November 1987 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Corazones de fuego  »

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Box Office


$17,000,000 (estimated)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Mick Jagger was the first choice for the male lead, but turned it down before Bob Dylan got cast. See more »


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late Eighties-Song-to-Rock-Movie; interesting for musicians fascinated by that period
4 March 2005 | by (Switzerland) – See all my reviews

I saw it only once on TNT a year or less ago, and not even from the beginning.

I write this for music enthusiasts, not for movie-insiders.

This 'flick', how one nowadays seems to call a film, is, as another commentator says, really 'brilliant', but she (Miss 'Heidi') misses the point in a film-academic perspective which is not relevant to youngsters.

Young and pure people are interested in personalities, their private characters in connection with what their doing in reality or in a so-called 'fiction' which reflects this 'reality'.

If you're mad about the Eighties, as many Twens and 'Thirths' like my never moderate self are, then you'll become mad about this movie.

I Think one of the best scenes is when Molly MCguire is performing live in a relatively small Hall, and she starts that strong singing, and the camera goes to the producers and record company representatives, showing clearly their innermost admiration and feeling of something great and in front of all: new (but very old!). Then in another scene she is shown alone at home, gripping a very nice soft and very virtuos tune out of her guitar and singing extremely nice to it.

The Plot is really not interesting. It shows Molly MCGuire as musically talented, but immature as a human being and unexperienced in the choice of sexual partners, so she falls for the Writer of 'Tainted Love', that eighties-hit, which is shown at the end of the film. She has paradox feelings about him, her ex-lover, because he is irresponsible (has a daughter and leaves her to an internee - once Billy played by Bob Dylan asks him, the young Eighties-Newcomer, when he wrote his last song, and he answers 'two years ago'. The main moment of the film to me!

So this movie has a surface defined by the movie industry, but also goes deeper - on one hand, some of those guys in Hollywood appreciate good music, good and earnest music, on the other, a critical - and therefore: good movie watcher, and first of all: a good CRITIC should be able to distinguish superficial entertainment from the one reality and mirror we all have and cannot deny: Which is and will always be music itself, not us playing.

And You won't forget the hard n heavy drummer of the band when he finally gets his thing in the scene I mentioned where they perform in the hall with the record folks behind the glass listening to the P.A. (the music monitoring and mixing device)! And of course cunning but nevertheless so wise Bob Dylan and this Fiona - I'm gonna buy all available records of her. Then I will comment this movie again only in concern of her, the one wo plays Molly.

most sincerely,

Joshua Gainsborough

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