Billed as a “rock ‘n’ roll fable”, Walter Hill’s enjoyably offbeat movie – although a box office flop – jabs the right buttons to qualify as a cult favourite.
The plot sees tough ex-soldier Tom Cody (Michael Paré) return home to rescue his rockstar ex-girlfriend Ellen Aim (Diane Lane) from the clutches of a motorcycle gang called The Bombers, led by the menacing Raven (Willem Dafoe).
Cue fisticuffs and fireworks as Tom, aided by a tough-talking female sidekick (Amy Madigan), hikes over to the bad part of town and unlocks Ellen from the bed to which she’s been handcuffed and begins a showdown.
Riffing on Westerns, musicals, 50s aesthetics and 80s buddy movie conventions, it’s a highly stylised brew that delivers a hot blast of escapism.
Streets of Fire is fast and loud, with music from Ry Cooder and Jim Steinman.
Laurie Sargent (singing voice)
Deborah Van Valkenburgh
Officer Ed Price
Clyde the Bartender
Bird – The Sorels
Reggie – The Sorels
Grand L. Bush
Lester – The Sorels
B.J. – The Sorels