Streets of Fire / Walter Hill

  • Country and year: USA 1984
  • Rating: 16
  • Duration: 93 min
  • Director: Walter Hill
  • Writer: Walter Hill, Larry Gross
  • Producer(s): Lawrence Gordon, Joel Silver
  • Cinematographer: Andrew Laszlo
  • Music: Ry Cooder
  • Cast: Michael Paré, Diane Lane, Rick Moranis, Amy Madigan, Willem Dafoe, Deborah Van Valkenburgh, Richard Lawson, Bill Paxton
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Finnish, Swedish
  • Format: 35 mm

”Performances in the movie are superb — Michael Paré and Willem Defoe in particular”
– Paul Shrimpton / Spinning Image

”Extravagantly stylized pulp burlesque”
– Sean Burns / The ARTery

”Stellar action cinema that thinks outside the box and it’s worth watching again and again”
– Felix Vasquez Jr. / Cinema Crazed

”Carefully stylised movie that’s something like pure cinema”
– Philip French / Observer (UK)


”Continuing his love affair with movies that go bang in the night, Hill here gives us a futuristic rock fantasy which is, at heart, a Western. An itinerant soldier (Paré) returns to his home to discover that his former girlfriend, the local girl who’s made it big in the rockbiz (Lane), has been kidnapped by a villainous street-gang. Cue for fisticuffs and fireworks as Paré, aided by a tough-talking female sidekick (Madigan), hikes over to the bad part of town and unlocks Ms Lane from the bed to which she’s been handcuffed. Result? Showdown. Streets of Fire is fast and loud, with music from Ry Cooder and, perhaps misguidedly, Jim Steinman; it is also violent, though its violence lies not in the depiction of blood and entrails, but in the sheer energy and speed with which the dark and brooding images rush after one another. The message is that there is no message; if this isn’t action cinema in its purest form, then it’s pretty close.” – Time Out London

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