Streets Of Fire [Collector's Edition] [Blu-ray]
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Amid a brooding rock & roll landscape, the Bombers motorcycle gang, led by the vicious Raven Shaddock (Willem Dafoe, John Wick), kidnap diva Ellen Aim (Diane Lane, Man of Steel). Her hope for rescue lies with unlikely heroes: soldier of fortune Tom Cody (Michael Pare, Bad Moon) and his sidekick, the two-fisted beer-guzzling McCoy (Amy Madigan, The Dark Half). Joined by Ellens manager, Billy Fish (Rick Moranis, Ghostbusters), the trio plunges headfirst into a world of rain-splattered streets, hot cars, and deadly assassins.
This cult favorite features a razor-sharp cast and original songs written by Jim Steinman, Stevie Nicks, Tom Petty and Ry Cooder and performed by The Blasters and The Fixx. Directed by cult filmmaker Walter Hill (The Warriors, Southern Comfort, 48 Hrs.), Streets of Fire is a rock & roll shotgun blast to the senses.
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Even after watching Streets of Fire more than a dozen times, I am still brought to bouncing excitement by the story and dialogue. I've gotten my wife hooked on the Fire Inc/ Ellen Aim songs. I've bought copies for friends. I might even buy copies for my enemies. Just go watch this movie. If you're not utterly dead inside, you will at least have fun with it.
First, the release placed against the first Ghostbusters moving thinking an "Action Drama" would pull in the audience not interested in an "Action Comedy." Ghostbusters was so big a hit, it pulled in audiences across the demographics.
Second, the cross genre and cross styling of this moving confused the hell out of your average popcorn munchers. The whole project is one of those rare cross-genres that is almost alternative history in mindset.
Finally, the promotion was following the then in full force MTV path. Problem is the audience that loves this movie is not your typical MTV generation, it had appeal across all ages and income levels. In the now twenty-eight years since its release, the moving has a strong cult following with the storyline, styling and dialog still holding to this day.
The styling is a blender of 80's video, 50's rock and 20's jazz -- all are the most economic boom times in the 20th century where individuals with vision and bravery made a difference in the world. OK, what the hell is it? On the surface, it is called a "Rock and Roll Drama" with a tried but true Princess Rescue storyline that goes back to ancient Greece.
Looking further, IMO, it was an attempt to bring the Film Noir (what some call the Urban Western) formula into the 80's. You can see this in the lighting, the use of an anti-hero of a protagonist and general fatalistic view of society. Also, with Walter Hill directing, this is a giveaway if you know his history.
Turn down the lights. Have your girl beside you and enjoy. Then push or click "Play" on this one. This is one that you'll want to watch over a few times to really get it. Took a while for me. I'm glad a movie like this was made going a bit over the top of your typical popcorn munchers creating a gem worthy of the midnight movie circuit.
All I could think was "why did I never get this on DVD?" As with the other 5 star reviews here, it was one of those movies--like the Warriors in its own way--that, if you saw it as a teenager, you never forgot. Every harsh word a paid critic ever said about this movie is probably true. But that has nothing to do with being 17 and seeing what Walter Hill's imagination could actually convince Hollywood to make. This is EXACTLY what we would have made if we could have . . . colorful, surreal, a cross between 50s retro and science fiction, TERRIFIC music, Diane Lane as the cheerleader's older sister we REALLY wanted in high school, and Michael Pare the guy we wished we were--James Dean sneer with that thousand yard stare on top--too cool to ever have to be on the football team. Weird, nonsensical dialogue delivered so deadpan by all the characters you were always wondering if there was some deep meaning to it all that you just weren't getting.
I love it. If there was supposed to be a trilogy . . . I wish Hill had been given all the rope he needed!