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Streets of Fire [HD DVD] (1984)

Diane Lane , Willem Dafoe , Walter Hill  |  PG |  HD DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (303 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: Diane Lane, Willem Dafoe, Bill Paxton, Michael Pare, Rick Moranis
  • Directors: Walter Hill
  • Format: AC-3, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital-Plus 5.1), French (Dolby Digital-Plus 2.0)
  • Subtitles: French
  • Dubbed: French
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: July 24, 2007
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (303 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000QEIOU8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #47,180 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Streets of Fire [HD DVD]" on IMDb

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Set against a brooding rock & roll landscape, the Bombers motorcycle gang, led by the vicious Raven Shaddock (Willem Dafoe), kidnap diva Ellen Aim (Diane Lane). Her hope for rescue lies with unlikely heroes: soldier of fortune Tom Cody (Michael Pare) and his sidekick, the two-fisted beer-guzzling McCoy (Amy Madigan). Joined by Ellen's manager, Billy Fish (Rick Moranis), the trio plunge headfirst into a world of rain-splattered streets, hot cars and deadly assassins. This cult hit features a razor-sharp cast and original songs written by Stevie Nicks, Tom Petty and Ry Cooder and performed by such greats as The Blasters and The Fixx. Streets of Fire is a rock & roll shotgun blast to the senses.

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Walter Hill's updated (1984), highly stylized take on biker movies still looks like a determinedly eccentric project that happens to work at times, but not at others. Michael Paré plays a biker who agrees to rescue his ex-girlfriend (a rocker played by Diane Lane) from kidnappers (led by Willem Dafoe). The ensuing battle against a nocturnal background of industrial blight, chrome, and loud music is like some fever dream of a Springsteen fan who listened to the song "Born to Run" far too often. The audacity of the film carries it a long way even after it becomes clear that Hill's experiment is crumbling under its own weight. Dafoe, who looked even spookier back then than he does now, is memorable, as are Amy Madigan and Rick Moranis. Music is by Ry Cooder, with an appearance by the Blasters. The DVD release has a widescreen presentation, optional French soundtrack, optional Spanish subtitles. --Tom Keogh

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130 of 135 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Weird, unique, thrilling, rock opera adventure. August 14, 2002
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This film bombed with reviewers and at the box office when it came out -- but I loved it! And its soundtrack remains one of my favorite lps/CDs.
It's a weird tale of a biker gang leader (William DaFoe) who kidnaps a rock singer (Diane Lane). Her nebbish manager (Rick Moranis) hires her ex-soldier/ex-boyfired (Michael Pare) to rescue her. He hires a sidekick, ex-soldier Amy Madigan.
What makes this film so weird is -- you wonder WHEN it's taking place. It's full of anachronisms. The art direction looks 1950s (the malt shop, some of the costumes, the old police squad cars, the teletype). Yet you have female soldiers, and an integrated police force. And the biker gang leader looks like he's dressed for an S&M leather party, in a black leather farmer's overall bid. Very strange.
The dialog is also strange. Very stylized -- to the point of parody. Women are "skirts." Everyone's sarcastic, snarling zingers at each other. Even the bit players. The film feels like everyone in town, from street punks to cops to young girls, is a badass with a bad attitude. And half the zingers seem to end in fights. Very very strange.
The subtitle is: A Rock & Roll Fable -- whatever that means. Don't try to understand this film. Just let it wash over you. You're in a strange netherworld. Accept it, and you'll enjoy the ride. Especially if you like the music...
Some of the music written by Jim Steinman -- if you thrill to the bombastic sounds of Bonnie Tyler and Meat Love, you'll love this soundtrack. There's also a song written by Stevie Nicks, sung by Marylin Martin -- who sounds exactly like Stevie Nicks.
The sort of bizarre film where many will gawk and wonder: What were they thinking? Others will emrace it with the love that cult films attract. I did.
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55 of 58 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I LOVE THIS FILM TOO MUCH! June 19, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
I first saw this movie during my formative teen years, and it has affected my sense of style and taste in music and movies ever since. Though I would not go overboard in saying that it is a "very good" movie, but it is a "great" movie.

It has been said that this is the '50's movie set in the '80's Walter Hill always wanted to make, and he succeeds in catching that feeling. The people are clad in '50's garb, the cars are glorious pieces of Detroit steel or Studebakers, the biker gang lives the dream of Link Wray's music and the threat of Brando's "Wild Ones," the music is at times fast and urgent, like youth racing to an exciting finish, or moody and atmospheric, catching tension, sorrow, and romance. The production value is first-rate, every rain puddle in place, glorious neon colors, and a literally "ripping" scene disolve.

Hill has created a complete world here. The story takes place in a city that is so huge a wanderer (such as Amy Madigan's or Michael Pare's characters) can pass through a "district" the way an old west drifter would pass through a town (not the only similarity to westerns this movie has). One can drive all night, passing through several of these districts, each with their own distinctive character, without finding the end of it. There is a run-down residential area, a nightlife strip, a spooky industrial area, even a southern style district with racist cops! The character of these districts is expressed everywhere, from the production design to the music to the costumes, so you can really catch the flavor of it.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
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"streets of fire",ive gathered was intended to be part of a trilogy by director walter hill[director of 'the warriors'],but poor box office sales,nixed that idea.
i saw the movie at a local cinema in my hometown in 1984 and less than two weeks later it was gone replaced by some'john hughes' schmaltz or someother dreck of that kind of 'teen 80's' ilk.
i thought 'streets of fire' was fantastic,an utterly compelling 'juvinile delinquint film noir western',complete with ravaging biker gangs,sultry rock'n'roll singers,surly hot rod gangs,poutng tuff chicks,glowering bad boys,swithblade knives,black leather jackets,tuff words in tense situations,street brawls with sledge hammers,chopped lowered hotrods,do-wop groups,sexy fishnet wearing strippers,sax honking rock'a'billy bands,burning motorcycles,gun totin' bad ass dames,you name it...this movie has it all.
amid flashing neon,wet city streets,screaming subways,foggy back alleys,menacing bikers,pseudo-tuff punk hotrodders,rough guys with big guns; the story unfolds with a local female rock'n'roll singing legand,ellen aim,played by diane lane,being kidnapped by raven shaddock,played by willem dafoe and his motorcycle gang'the bombers',and of course her ex-boyfriend is none other than tom cody,played by michael pare,local ex-bad boy turned sodier,who comes home thanks to his sister vera,played by deborah van valkenberg,and takes up the task of rescuing ellen aim from 'the bombers' clutches,with the help of a tuff chick mechanic played by amy madigan.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
GOOD, goofy movie!
Published 4 days ago by Calvin
5.0 out of 5 stars One Great Film
There's a Alot To Say About This One Just Love It Michael Pare Is Just Outstanding & Hardcore In This One Incrediable Picture The Story Is Just Wickedly Incrediable In This Story... Read more
Published 6 days ago by Reymund Alvarenga
1.0 out of 5 stars Awful audio quality
Decent movie but terrible audio. Sounds like it was recorded on a cheap audio cassette recorder. A band is playing and it sounds awful, tinny and thin. Read more
Published 9 days ago by John
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
brings back GOOD memories!!!! thanks
Published 10 days ago by nathan e. ingram
5.0 out of 5 stars Rock Fable for generations to come
I remember seeing this movie in the theater, I had seen it three times, William Defoe is at his hottest and finest, Diane Lane as young as she was here, you could tell was on her... Read more
Published 12 days ago by MagickRick
5.0 out of 5 stars Great opening for this great movie which looks like a music video
I always think of " Streets of Fire" as part of a triolgy with the movies "Eddie and the Cruisers" and " Warriors". Read more
Published 19 days ago by roxynewyork
5.0 out of 5 stars Great rock and roll fable
Great rock and roll fable. The music is awesome and I can't believe that this sound track is so hard to find. Classic story line of boy comes to the rescue of girl. Read more
Published 19 days ago by Scott
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
as described
Published 26 days ago by Fernando Garcia
4.0 out of 5 stars great movie Pare is kick-ass
great movie Pare is kick-ass, Lane is hot as always.
Published 1 month ago by Bob
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
It did not play in my vcr or dvd player.
Published 1 month ago by robert d henderson
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will this dvd play on a regular dvd player? others that i have looked in...
Uh, no. It's an HD DVD.
Jun 13, 2009 by P. Burgess |  See all 3 posts
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