Streets Of Fire [DVD] 
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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).
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 KeoghSee all Product Description
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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.
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!
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.
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"!!!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
An excellent film with an all star cast. Definitely one to watch over and over. The item came very quickly and well packaged.Published 2 months ago by Richard Marriott
The vendor i got it from gave me a dodgy one with a scratch on the disc making the film stick. Great film though and soundtrackPublished 3 months ago by joann macdonald
Arrived well packaged and on time. The movie has great music. Bad acting and poor story line. I had forgotten how bad it was.Published 6 months ago by carolan
Very good iv never seen it before but thoroughly enjoyed it will be watching it over and over again.Published 15 months ago by claire