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Streets of Fire (1984)

PG | | Action, Crime, Drama | 1 June 1984 (USA)
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A mercenary is hired to rescue his ex-girlfriend, a singer who has been kidnapped by a motorcycle gang.

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Walter Hill
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Paré ... Tom Cody
Diane Lane ... Ellen Aim
Rick Moranis ... Billy Fish
Amy Madigan ... McCoy
Willem Dafoe ... Raven Shaddock
Deborah Van Valkenburgh ... Reva Cody
Richard Lawson ... Officer Ed Price
Rick Rossovich ... Officer Cooley
Bill Paxton ... Clyde the Bartender
Lee Ving ... Greer
Stoney Jackson ... Bird - The Sorels
Grand L. Bush ... Reggie - The Sorels (as Grand Bush)
Robert Townsend ... Lester - The Sorels
Mykelti Williamson ... B.J. - The Sorels (as Mykel T. Williamson)
Elizabeth Daily ... Baby Doll
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Storyline

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 <rcs@texas.net>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 June 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Streets of Fire See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$14,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,426,500, 3 June 1984

Gross USA:

$8,089,290

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$8,089,290
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Dolby Stereo (4 channels)| 70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Elizabeth Daily said that it was "a very frustrating thing for me" to not sing in the film "Because Diane Lane was singing, and I remember thinking, "Ah!" It was so frustrating for me. It was painful. Because I wanted to be on that stage singing with those guys... But back then I always played those quirky characters. I didn't get those fancy leads. I got those best friend of the leads, quirky, funny characters. Hookers with a heart of gold. Weirdos. I liked my roles, I just wanted to be singing, too." See more »

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Bombers, Blasters, Attackers and Streets of Fire.
18 April 2015 | by hitchcockthelegendSee all my reviews

Streets of Fire is directed by Walter Hill who also co-writes the screenplay with Larry Gross. It stars Michael Paré, Diane Lane, Rick Moranis, Amy Madigan and Willem Dafoe. Music is scored by Ry Cooder and cinematography is by Andrew Laszlo.

When the lead singer of Ellen Aim and the Attackers is kidnapped by biker gang The Bombers, her ex-soldier of fortune boyfriend is contacted and hired to go get her back...

There were a couple of movies released in 1984 by maverick directors that were frowned upon at the time, but are now significantly held in high regard and define the saying "cult movie". One was Alex Cox's Repo Man, the other was Walter Hill's Streets of Fire.

Streets of Fire is a bastard hybrid of ideas and influences. In part a rock opera set to the backdrop of blink blink blinkity blink neonvillle, an unnamed place that lives and breathes between 50s angst and 80s futurism, in others it's a straight forward road/mission movie headed up by an anti-hero taking notes from Snake Plissken whilst jostling for cool space with Kyle Reese. It's a film, that by Hill's own admission, is unashamedly a collage of things he finds cool in cinema. Yet this is not a detriment to the pic, the narrative is straightforward as can be and Hill throws everything he can into the mix, and it works.

In essence it's a live action comic book, it knows it's just a film and has no pretencions to seem remotely real life. The look is wonderfully flamboyant and campy, where the hero and villain wear braces and PVC overalls respectively. The girls are a mixture of a teenage diva babe and a beer swilling roughneck babe. The city itself is a vibrant mix of colours and carnage, beauty and beats, and where the streets literally are on fire. Hill weighs in with his adroit flair for action, always kinetic, while the soundtrack rocks and the dialogue bubbles with self aware glee. Cast are super, some sexy and tough, others weaselly and weak, but all pumping the pop culture blood through the veins of the movie.

With style and cool to burn, both only beaten out by the action quotient, Streets of Fire is an ode to live action fun. And watching it now you can see just how it has influenced many a film maker post its release. Streets of Fire, one bad ass bitch funky sex machine. 9/10


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