A lost gem of stylish cheese,
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This review is from: Streets Of Fire [DVD]  (DVD)
Walter Hill was responsible for some of the greater movies of the 80's and yet for some reason his attempt at making a 'rock and roll fable' have almost been forgotten. It's cheesy as hell, sure, but then that was the era it was made for.
The acting is fine, nothing more than you would expect. Paré shines as Cody and kinda makes you wonder what happened to the guy, while Dafoe is pretty menacing as the biker gang leader.
The look of the movie is pretty good, and while it wasn't exctly low budget, they obviously utilised every penny to create a convincing portrayal of some neo-apocalyptic city.
The music though is where the movie shines through. Pulsing with 80's pop, this is not a movie you want to have the speakers turned down to and in fact pretty much carries the entire movie. The tunes are catchy, well-written and do a good job of melting into the background (this isn't exactly a musical after all).
At the end of the day the movie feels outdated and it is dangerously close to being too camp but I still enjoy the hell out of every viewing and it still remains one of my favourite Walter Hill movies.