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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.


Walter Hill
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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


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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Release Date:

1 June 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office


$14,500,000 (estimated)

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo (4 channels)| 70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Amy Madigan originally read for Reva, Cody's sister, and told Walter Hill and Joel Silver that she wanted to play the role of McCoy which, she remembers, "was written to be played by an overweight male who was a good soldier and really needed a job. It could still be tough and strong and have a woman do it without rewriting the part." Hill liked the idea and cast her. See more »


In the stairway scene Tom Cody's hair makes a drastic change. See more »


Tom Cody: [telling his sister goodbye before leaving to rescue Ellen Aim] Don't worry about it. They always hire bums like me for jobs like this.
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Featured in One Dark Night: An Interview with Elizabeth Daily (2017) See more »


Tonight Is What It Means to Be Young
Performed by Fire Inc.
Vocals: Holly Sherwood, Laurie Sargent, Rory Dodd, Eric Troyer
Written and Produced by Jim Steinman
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Flashy entertainment.
26 January 2012 | by Hey_SwedenSee all my reviews

Co-writer / director Walter Hill's "rock 'n' roll fable" is well realized, visually stunning stuff with stylistic and thematic ties to his earlier movie "The Warriors". If nothing else, he and his crew create the perfect look for this wild update of 1950's B movies. A rising rock star named Ellen Aim (Diane Lane) is kidnapped by a motorcycle gang led by creepy Raven Shaddock (Willem Dafoe). Local diner owner Reva (Deborah Van Valkenburgh) appeals to her long lost brother Tom (Michael Pare), who used to date Ellen, to rescue her (although it's not necessarily just the girl that needs to be saved, but the neighbourhood in general), and he agrees to do so - as long as he gets paid. He and his motley collection of sidekicks, Ellen's nerdy but aggressive manager, Billy Fish (Rick Moranis) and his spunky new acquaintance, McCoy (Amy Madigan) team up to track Ellen down and get her back. A few key personnel help to make this a pleasure to both look at and listen to, and those are production designer John Vallone, cinematographer Andrew Laszlo, and composer Ry Cooder. The ambiance of the various sets seriously smokes, creating the perfect backdrop for this engaging bit of pulp story telling, the story definitely hearkening back to "The Warriors" as our unlikely group have to embark on a bit of a journey to get back to where they need to be. And, as others have said, while the movie is not without its dramatic moments, it never pretends to be truly serious about what it's doing. It's all in fun. The soundtrack (including such irresistible material as "One Bad Stud") is absolutely incredible, and may have the viewers bopping along to it without realizing they're doing so. The cast is very well chosen, with Pare displaying low key bad ass charisma and Dafoe investing his villain with plenty of swagger. Lane is of course just lovely, Moranis very good as a basically annoying character, and Madigan quite appealing. Tons of familiar faces turn up in supporting parts and bits: Richard Lawson, Rick Rossovich, Bill Paxton, Lee Ving, Grand L. Bush, Mykelti Williamson, Robert Townsend, Elizabeth Daily, Lynne Thigpen, Ed Begley Jr., John Dennis Johnston, Olivia Brown, Peter Jason, and Matthew Laurance. "Streets of Fire" may be one of those cases where the style matters more than the substance, but when the style works this well - right down to the scene transitions - it's hard to really complain. Eight out of 10.

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