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


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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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Sound Mix:

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 Michael Paré, the original draft of the script had Tom Cody kill Raven with a knife. However this was changed to a fair fight in order to get a PG rating. See more »

Goofs

Diane Lane's hair and makeup are perfectly in place throughout her kidnapping over several days. Totally unrealistic. See more »

Quotes

Tom Cody: You smart guys. You always think you can hire a bum like me to do your dirty work. Well not this time!
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Featured in Fire Inc.: Nowhere Fast (1984) See more »

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One Bad Stud
Performed by The Blasters
Written by Jerry Leiber & Mike Stoller
Produced by Philip Alvin (as Phil Alvin) and Pat Burnette
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Surreal, New Wave cult movie
24 December 2012 | by krachtmSee all my reviews

The plot: After his girlfriend is kidnapped, a soldier goes off to rescue her, reluctantly assisted by one of her ex-boyfriends.

Streets of Fire is a surreal movie focused on blending together opposites: 1950s and 1980s pop culture, retro and modern style, comic books and Westerns, musicals and action movies, parody and homage, twerpy nerds and cocky soldiers. Whether it works or not is a bit of a contentious issue among audiences, but I thought it was great. If nothing else, it's creative and stylistic. If you were expecting a straightforward movie, I can understand how you might be disappointed by the kind of unfocused, manic creativity. The movie intentionally refuses to settle down on a single tone or genre. It amazes me that some people take it incredibly seriously, saying that it's unintentionally funny or that it's not a comedy. I can't even comprehend how you could think that.

If you like surreal, comic bookish movies, such as The Warriors, Buckaroo Banzai, and Big Trouble in Little China, I highly recommend you try Streets of Fire. It's definitely not for everyone, but it's deserving of its cult status, in my opinion.


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