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Streets of Fire (1984)

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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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Tonight is what it means to be young. See more »


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PG | See all certifications »

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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)

Gross USA:

$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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Trivia

According to Andrew Laszlo, the film's style was dictated by the story. The Richmond's look was very soft and the colors did not call attention to themselves. The light in The Battery was contrasting and harsh, with vivid colours. Argyle prints and plaids are used in the Parkside District, and neon lights colour the Strip. See more »

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During the climactic fistfight, the bloody cut on Raven's right temple disappears and reappears. See more »

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Billy Fish: This whole thing started 'cause I had to do a gig in this shithole. I shoulda stayed the hell away from this dump.
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Referenced in The Adventures of Ford Fairlane (1990) See more »

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You Got What You Wanted
Performed by The Ry Cooder Band
Written by Ry Cooder and Jim Dickinson
Produced by Ry Cooder
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Great forgotten 1980s movie
3 January 2000 | by preppy-3See all my reviews

Director Walter Hill describes the movie this way: The Leader of the Pack (Willem DaFoe) kidnaps the Queen of the Hop (Diane Lane) and Soldier Boy (Michael Pare) comes home to rescue her. Sounds REAL strange but it works. It starts off with the words "A different time, a different place" then goes whizzing into action. Ellen Aim (Lane) is playing a concert in her home town. A guy from the bad side of town (Dafoe) and his gang kidnap her. Her former lover (Pare) comes back to save her.

OK let's get the bad things out of the way--lousy poster (I've NEVER seen such bad artwork), laughable dialogue and what-the-hell-is going-on performances. But everything else is great! Incredible sets (all neon and moody lighting), fantastic rock score, colorful costumes, wonderful direction by Hill, great action sequences and a total refusal to take itself seriously. It moves VERY quickly and there's never a dull moment! It does lose a lot on video--this should be seen on a wide screen with stereo--that's how I originally saw it in 1984, and for the entire length of the movie I was mesmerized! This was a huge bomb in its day but now has a cult following

A great movie all the way. I give it a 10.


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