Streets of Fire

Walter Hill · 1984
93min · DCP

Amid a brooding rock n' roll landscape, the Bombers motorcycle gang, led by the vicious Raven Shaddock (a breakout performance by Willem Dafoe's villainous face), kidnap songstress diva Ellen Aim (Diane Lane). Her hope for rescue lies with unlikely heroes: soldier of fortune, Tom Cody (Michael Paré) and his sidekick, the two-fisted, beer-guzzling, McCoy (Amy Madigan). Joined by Ellen's manager, Billy Fish (Rick Moranis), the trio plunge headfirst into a world of rain-splattered streets, hot cars and deadly assassins.

“…impossible not to enjoy the movie. No director holds a candle to Hill for sheer visceral expertise.” David Chute, Film Comment

“It may be the closest American equivalent to the “Cinéma du look” that was coming out of France around the same time (Jean-Jacques Beineix’s Diva and The Moon in the Gutter, Luc Besson’s Subway), not only in its overall approach to cinematic spectacle, but in its fetishistic use of music and neon.” Ben Sachs, Cine-file