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Streets of Fire (1984)

Michael Pare , Diane Lane , Walter Hill  |  R |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (257 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Michael Pare, Diane Lane, Willem Dafoe, Rick Moranis, Amy Madigan
  • Directors: Walter Hill
  • Writers: Walter Hill, Larry Gross
  • Producers: Lawrence Gordon, Joel Silver
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Letterboxed, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: July 22, 1998
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (257 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 0783227876
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,537 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Streets of Fire" on IMDb

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Amid 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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124 of 129 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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53 of 56 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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21 of 22 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 one the few all time great musicals
One that men can get into, and one women can appreciate and enjoy. Truly a good compromise for both sex, and still have a great time.
Published 14 days ago by hiccup
5.0 out of 5 stars Saw it in the theater
Relived it in my living room. Great old movie and the climatic song so is prophetic. You are young for a moment in the sun to do adventurous and exciting deeds for the soul of... Read more
Published 22 days ago by Kim Roe
5.0 out of 5 stars One of My All-Time Favorites
Rock Opera at it best! Last of the Baby Boomer great stories. Was very happy to see it again via instant video.
Published 24 days ago by John Miller
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this little known movie.......music great too
If you loved Eddie and the Cruisers, you'll love this. Music is great and I highly recommend the CD soundtrack as an addition to your collection. You won't be disappointed. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Lee
5.0 out of 5 stars This has become my favorite movie of all time
Maybe it doesn't say great things about me as a person, but I can't imagine liking a movie more than Streets of Fire. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Kevin Alford
5.0 out of 5 stars movie
I LOVE THIS MOVIE. I seen it so long ago and I am glad I found it. I hope I can get it again my ex boyfriend took it and won't give it back
Published 1 month ago by Tammy Berry
4.0 out of 5 stars Nothing quite like it
This movie is absolutely bonkers! Essentially a 50's biker B movie taken to comic book extremes, this is highly entertaining and an interesting follow up of sorts to "The... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Christopher Coats
5.0 out of 5 stars okay
I always say that this is one of the worst movies with one of the best sound tracks, but I love it because I like looking at Michael Pare, plus it was one of Willem Dafoe's first... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful
Great oldschool movie with a nowhere past or present setting. Michael pare is convincing in anything he does like Eddie & the Cruisers, Diane Lane has been the sexiest woman to hit... Read more
Published 2 months ago by robert maggot
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolute classic in every way
I have loved this movie since it first came out for home viewing probably 30 years ago. The characters are unforgettable, the dialog is highly quotable, and the music downright... Read more
Published 2 months ago by wallabumba
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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.
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