Streets Of Fire

  • 1984
  • Movie
  • PG
  • Fantasy

STREETS OF FIRE was something of a disappointment for fans of director Walter Hill. Intended as a celebration of rock 'n' roll culture, the film is greatly harmed by its lack of plausible, listenable rock 'n' roll. Set in an eccentrically stylized urban milieu--the future, perhaps, as envisioned by an adolescent male who grew up in the 1950s--STREET OF...read more

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STREETS OF FIRE was something of a disappointment for fans of director Walter Hill. Intended as a celebration of rock 'n' roll culture, the film is greatly harmed by its lack of plausible, listenable rock 'n' roll. Set in an eccentrically stylized urban milieu--the future, perhaps, as

envisioned by an adolescent male who grew up in the 1950s--STREET OF FIRE begins as Ellen Aim (Diane Lane), a local gal who has become a rock star, returns to her hometown to perform a sold-out concert. During her performance, though, she is kidnaped by a dangerous-looking motorcycle gang called

the "Bombers." Desperate to get Ellen back, her painfully dorky manager (Rick Moranis) turns to the singer's old boy friend, Tom Cody (Michael Pare), for help. Cody, who has left town to become an urban soldier-of-fortune, agrees to fetch Ellen from the clutches of slimy gang leader Raven (Willem

Dafoe). Though STREETS OF FIRE caught some criticism from Hill fans who felt he'd sold out to the MTV rock-video visual style--flashy, neon-lit visuals cut to the beat--it must be remembered that the director practically invented that style with THE WARRIORS (1979). While pretty to look at--John

Vallone's production design is a knockout--the film is weakly scripted and scored.

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  • Released: 1984
  • Rating: PG
  • Review: STREETS OF FIRE was something of a disappointment for fans of director Walter Hill. Intended as a celebration of rock 'n' roll culture, the film is greatly harmed by its lack of plausible, listenable rock 'n' roll. Set in an eccentrically stylized urban mi… (more)

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