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Streets Of Fire [DVD] [1984]

4.5 out of 5 stars 56 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Michael Paré, Diane Lane, Rick Moranis, Amy Madigan, Willem Dafoe
  • Directors: Walter Hill
  • Writers: Walter Hill, Larry Gross
  • Producers: Gene Levy, Joel Silver, Lawrence Gordon, Mae Woods
  • Format: PAL, Colour, Full Screen, HiFi Sound
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Universal Pictures UK
  • DVD Release Date: 3 Aug. 2009
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000260NU4
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 19,791 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Walter Hill directs this cult 1980s action drama in which a former soldier sets out to track down his rock star ex-girlfriend. When a biker gang known as the Bombers, led by Raven Shaddock (Willem Dafoe), kidnap the lead singer of the Attackers, Ellen Aim (Diane Lane), they haven't counted on the capabilities of her ex. A soldier turned mercenary, Tom Cody (Michael Paré) receives a call informing him of Ellen's plight and sets out to rescue her with the aid of tough female sidekick McCoy (Amy Madigan).

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Walter Hill's updated (1984), highly stylised take on biker movies still looks like a determinedly eccentric project that happens to work at times, but not at others. Michael Paré plays a biker who agrees to rescue his ex-girlfriend (a rocker played by Diane Lane) from kidnappers (led by Willem Dafoe). The ensuing battle against a nocturnal background of industrial blight, chrome, and loud music is like some fever dream of a Springsteen fan who listened to the song "Born to Run" far too often. The audacity of the film carries it a long way even after it becomes clear that Hill's experiment is crumbling under its own weight. Dafoe, who looked even spookier back then than he does now, is memorable, as are Amy Madigan and Rick Moranis. Music is by Ry Cooder, with an appearance by the Blasters. The DVD release has a widescreen presentation, optional French soundtrack, optional Spanish subtitles. --Tom Keogh

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I saw this film originally at the cinema following a review on Film 84 with Barry Norman. Surprisingly Barry loved the film. Not for its script and plot but for it's imagery and soundtrack. Score by Ry Cooder plus some songs by Jim Steinman - heaven as far as I am concerned. So I went to see it. Barry was right. The plot is simple. Bads guys take girl. Good guy goes to get girl back - you can guess the rest. The acting is excellent, despite some of the corny dialogue, with early roles for Diane Lane, Rick Morianis and the wonderful Willem Defoe plus Michael Pare (don't know what happened to him). I have been listening to the soundtrack for years, I wore out my cassette and now have the CD. I have been waiting for a UK DVD release since I got my DVD player in 2000. Now it's here and I can continue to get nowhere fast. Buy it, borrow it but watch it and enjoy it. It's fun.
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The movie in itself has been praised here by others already, so I don't have to go into details. I really like the flow of the film, the unreal setting with it's mixture of fifties and eighties youth culture and the DOPs ability to paint with light. But this DVD release is not recommended. How can you choose the 4:3 TV master for a DVD release, cropping a substantial amount of the picture? And these people, who don't know anything about artistic values, complain about copyright infringements as an act of disrepect toward the artist? Really?
Go and buy the American release from Universal, it has the right aspect ratio to fully enjoy the camera work. Make it a good day for Walter Hill.
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Having picked this film up from my brother's shelf one day I thought it looked like the typical nonsense he owned. However, when I actually was bored enough to watch it I enjoyed it immensely! I have watched it three or four times now and every time I loved it. Okay, so it's not the best film ever made and wouldn't win awards for good film-making but it is very entertaining. Sometimes it is good to have a film that can just sweep youu along, make you root for the characters and make you laugh.
There are quite a few moments of (unintentional) quite juvenile humour, mainly because of the costumes worn by the villians but if you can viiew the film without taking it too seriously then this only adds to it. The violence levels are quite high but it is very much comic-book violence and compared to modern films is a lot less graituitous.
The characters are pretty much a bunch of stereotypes but there isn't much room for their development so knowing about them from the stereotypes helps you know who to support - and the male lead is a bit of alright too. It contains an early role for Rick Moranis (Ghostbusters, Honey I Shrunk The Kids) and it's good to see him in a less-than wholesome part.
Overall this film has an energy than can carry you all the way through it and an easy, fairy-tale like story that you can give yourself to without much thought. Approach it wanting to be entertained by some perfect 80's B-movie and you will love it, I promise!
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Some hero tough nut gets the call to return back to his old stomping ground, after a battalion of bikers kidnap his rockstar, ex~girlfriend. Inevitabley he takes the job on and goes up against all the girders and flaming barrels they can throw at him..!
I first saw this on tele in the 80s and became an instant fan. .
What a great rock and roll action movie with tremendous 1950's overtones! The duck arsed fun flows thick and fast, with the daddy cool dialogue hitting the mark every time. The acting works just fine and as usual, Hill chalks up another classic of the genre, similar in ways to The Warriors. Some of the rock tracks start to out stay their welcome by the end and the hero plays it a bit too Stallonesian for my liking, but overall its a sure fire winner with its nonstop fisticuffs and sillyness! Moranis, Madigan and Defoe (amongst others!) are all excellent..
The dvd is bare bones but never the less worth watching for the movie alone.
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Once a year I think "Yes, it's time" and watch "Streets of Fire", never get tired of it.

Fast moving, absolutely brilliant music (courtesy of Jim Steinman and Ry Cooder) and a cast who play it tongue in cheek, think of a 1950s biker movie speeded up with very loud music. It just works, simple as that, and if I could be in the film, I'd go for the Amy Madigan role of "McCoy", the tough female sidekick. Apparently the film was a box office flop when it appeared in the 80s (but I did see it at the cinema then - those were the days when you could afford to go!) but I wonder now if it's become a bit of a cult classic, hope so as it definitely merits attention - Barry Norman liked it a lot too!

The film never lets up - you get an avalanche of action, silliness and music - and it is worth seeing just to see a young Willem Dafoe in an outfit that simply boggles the mind or, at the very least, you think "Ooh, I bet they were uncomfortable to wear"!!! And I love the music - oh yes, "I can dream about you"!!!
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Typical Walter Hill mixture of action, romance and adventure, set in a fantasy location, with great imagery and pace. Good fun, exciting blends of music and atmosphere with some memorable moments. If you don’t take it seriously a most enjoyable movie.
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