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Fire With Fire [VHS]

4.7 out of 5 stars 170 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Craig Sheffer, Virginia Madsen, Jon Polito, J.J. Cohen, Kate Reid
  • Directors: Duncan Gibbins
  • Writers: Bill Phillips, Paul Boorstin, Sharon Boorstin, Warren Skaaren
  • Producers: Brian Sacks, Gary Nardino, Tova Laiter
  • Format: NTSC
  • Rated:
    PG-13
    Parents Strongly Cautioned
  • Studio: Paramount
  • VHS Release Date: November 11, 1998
  • Run Time: 103 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (170 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6300215636
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #286,808 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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I love, love, love this movie. It is a wonderful star-crossed lovers story, with some terrific secondary characters (D.B. Sweeney with the pack of cigarettes rolled up in his sleeve makes me laugh every time, as does the Mapmaker's "Radcliffe-Radish" explanation). But WHY hasn't this been released on DVD? If "Tuff Turf" is on DVD, "Fire With Fire" absolutely should be too.
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Sometimes there are movies that are corny and pointless , this might be that movie BUT I have to say it's my GULITY PLEASURE, as much of the 80's was about the good girl with the bad guy or the poor girl with the rich guy, I love 80's films they are nostalgic, or maybe more like a fresh of breath air, no gimmicks, no special effects and might not be corny or pointless after all. So one can only hope of a DVD Release soon!
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I admit this is a corny love story that is so totally 80's one would have to have grown up in that time to appreciate it. I think I was about 12 when it came out and don't think it even played in movie theatres here in Charleston, S.C. The only reason I knew about it was because the video for the theme song "Fire With Fire" played a lot on MTV back in 1986 and I remember watching it and wondering why all we saw in the video was clips of the movie- we did not even see any footage of the band playing the song. Not sure why that was but I wasn't complaining since the scenes they showed from the movie (and they showed a LOT of them since there was nothing else to show!) had me mesmerized- Craig Sheffer was quite the eye candy back then. He had the David Boreanaz ("Angel") look... I'm not sure why he never really went on to A-list status since he's a decent actor. He did do "Some Kind Of Wonderful" after this but since then I pretty much only see him on Lifetime movies. Virginia Madsen is also a great actress who always seemed pretty underrated until "Sideways."

Anyway, later in 1992, I remember "Fire With Fire" coming on HBO a lot and I finally got to see it in it's entirety and fell absolutely in love with it. I love movies where the young lovers run away without a care in the world leaving us not wanting to wonder realistically what happens to them when they realize they have no money, no education and presumably no where to go. Another 80's movie I love with the same scenario is "Reckless" (1984) with Aidan Quinn and Daryl Hannah who also run away to what they must hope are bigger and better things. I like to think this trend might have been influenced by Rod Stewart's video for "Young Turks" back in 1981.
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Just love this Craig Sheffer/Virginia Madsen film and a reminder of the power of love. Highly recommended for those with romance in their hearts. I've seen the film a long time ago, and been wanting to own a copy. It's still one of the best love films to come out of that decade, not to mention some of the best songs of those years, most of them featured in the dance scene.
James House: I'm In It For Love
John Waite: If Everybody Had A Heart
Wild Blue: Fire With Fire
Prince: Computer Blue
Stephanie Mills: Bit By Bit (Theme From Fletch)
Huey Lewis and the News: Heart Of Rock And Roll
Bryan Ferry: Slave To Love
Winston Sharples: From Nags To Witches
Harry Manfredini: Music from Friday The 13th: A New Beginning

Couldn't find the soundtrack though...
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That's all I can say. Fantastic movie that needs to be on DVD so I can watch it for years to come. Can't believe some of the junk that's already been released on DVD when so many of the 80's classics remain difficult or impossible to find. Where's the DVD?
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First, the positives.
Excellent directing by Duncan Gibbins, top-notch acting by Craig Sheffer and Virginia Madsen. Though 25-26 years old at the time and portraying 18-year-olds, they are completely believable as genuine people, characters with depth, not the cookie cutter fake teenagers you see so much on TV and movies. Wonderful instrumental music, as well as the song I'm In It For Love sung by James House (unavailable in its entire length as a record or CD.) Other artists have done I'm In It For Love as a cover but they don't match the James House version. Photography, lighting, camera work excellent.
The only negative is that the script is a mixture of strong and weak. It was based on a real-life event reported in New West magazine (Catholic schoolgirls hold a dance for boys' probation camp.) The article has a lot of meat, and the plot a lot of promise and is mostly gripping and emotional, but at times it is slow and predictable like those generic teen films that are written by writers whose only experience is watching other films. The dialogue is sometimes stilted, predictable and insipid, with no depth to it. So of you put through the bad moments you have a story which is for the most part engaging and strong. The fact that a total of four writers were credited with writing the script (which was based on an article by a fifth,uncredited writer in New West) is a giveaway that the original script was subpar.
But given an imperfect script I am amazed at what a great movie this was. The chemistry between Joe Fisk (Craig Sheffer) and Lisa Taylor (Virginia Madsen) especially while they dance, is just incredible. This is the scene around 47 minutes into the movie.
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