Streets of Fire (1984) - Rotten Tomatoes

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Streets of Fire (1984)




Critic Consensus: Streets of Fire may sometimes buckle under the strain of its ambitious fusion of disparate genres, but Walter Hill's bravura style gives this motorcycle musical fuel to burn.

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More like a series of MTV sequences than a long-term narration, this super-thin story line focuses on a kidnapped singer (Diane Lane) and her ex-boyfriend (Michael Pare) who goes forth to save her through rainy streets, the roar of elevated subways, several alleys, and the usual warehouses. Each thrust of the story has rock music that follows along with the narration.

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Michael Paré
as Tom Cody
Diane Lane
as Ellen Aim
Rick Moranis
as Billy Fish
Rick Rossovich
as Officer Cooley
Lee Ving
as Greer
Elizabeth Daily
as Baby Doll
Lynne Thigpen
as Motorwoman
Marine Jahan
as `Torchie's' Dancer
Ed Begley Jr.
as Ben Gunn
Harry Beer
as Squirt
Kip Waldo
as Waldo
Matthew Laurance
as Ardmore Cop
Sarah Marten
as Woman in Diner
Tamu Blackwell
as Richmond Citizen
Richard Rimo Moreno
as Richmond Citizen
Antonie Becker
as Richmond Citizen
Elizabeth Jordan
as Richmond Citizen
Susan Cheung
as Bar Patron
Vicki McCarthy
as Bar Patron
John Hateley
as Poker Player
Rock Walker
as Poker Player
Phil Alvin
as Bar Band
Dave Alvin
as Bar Band
John Bazz
as Bar Band
Bill Bateman
as Bar Band
Gene Taylor
as Bar Band
Lee Allen
as Bar Band
Steve Berlin
as The Blasters, Bar Band
Paul Mones
as The Roadmaster
Vince Deadrick
as The Roadmaster
Paul Lane
as The Roadmaster
Bernie Pock
as The Roadmaster
Spiro Razatos
as The Roadmaster
Jeff Smolek
as The Roadmaster
William Beard II
as The Attacker
Stuart Kimbell
as The Attacker
John Ryder
as The Attacker
as The Attacker
Ric Moreno
as Richmond Citizen #2
Susan Cheng
as Bar Patron #1
Rock A. Walker
as Poker Player #2
Vince Deadrick Jr.
as The Roadmasters Band Member #2
Paul M. Lane
as The Roadmasters Band Member #3
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Critic Reviews for Streets of Fire

All Critics (27) | Top Critics (2)

The movie is right on the rock & roll, but the alternative time and place are mysteriously convincing -- especially if, like me, you believe the most beautiful post-war American cars were Studebakers.

October 23, 2004 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Unsuccessful, but very striking.

August 23, 2003 | Rating: 4/5
Top Critic

The fact that the dialogue is deliberately over-the-top doesn't make it any easier to digest. On the other hand, the visuals are pretty groovy.

December 28, 2021 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Through the most unlikely of circumstances, Streets of Fire has continued to endure as a cult classic; a retro-contemporary noir-musical filled with memorable visuals and catchy rock ballads.

June 7, 2021 | Full Review…

'...the real star is the retro production design and the film's deliberately dated MTV look...

April 21, 2021 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

An extravagantly stylized pulp burlesque that is at once an objectively lousy picture and just about the coolest damn thing I've ever seen.

June 22, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Streets of Fire


It was conceived as a "movie about visuals" but never mind, the music is the only great thing in it - especially in the exciting opening and closing scenes -, since the script is a colossal piece of crap with no structure, the dialogue is simply awful and the performances are pathetic.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

The cast is the true gem here. The story is pretty cool too, but Rick Moranis playing an asshole of this proportion is classic. And Dafoe's horrid face only looks horrider as a young punk.

Curtis Lilly
Curtis Lilly

Super Reviewer

When the successful rock and roll singer Ellen Aim (Diane Lane) is kidnapped by Raven Shaddock (Willem Dafoe) and his motorcycle gang The Bombers during a concert, the fan and owner of a bar Reva Cody (Deboran Van Valkenburgh) writes a telegram to her brother and Ellen's ex-boyfriend Tom Cody (Michael Paré) asking him to return to Richmond. Tom meets the former soldier McCoy (Amy Madigan) in town seeking for job and they are hired by Ellen's manager and boyfriend Billy Fish (Rick Moranis) to rescue Ellen. Tom, McCoy and Billy travel in a car in a journey to the Battery, burning down the streets of the dangerous neighborhood. The cult "Streets of Fire" is a stylish homage to rock & roll. This movie has a awesome soundtrack with many wonderful songs of Ry Cooder and charming characters performed by the sexy Diane Lane; the annoying Rick Moranis; the funny Amy Madigan; the great villain Willem Dafoe; and the troublemaker "good guy" Michael Paré. In the end, this underrated movie is a great entertainment. 2 stars 6-12-13

Bruce Bruce
Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer

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