STREETS OF FIRE
|Starring||Michael Paré, Diane Lane and Rick Moranis|
18 and up; Children 6 and up will be allowed only with a parent guardian. No children under the age of 6 will be allowed.
STREETS OF FIRE is quite simply my favorite film of all time.
It's been said that Walter Hill is a real 'man's director,’ but this is belied by the cross-gender, cross-continental cult appeal of his rock n' roll masterpiece of vigilante justice. Originally intended as a trilogy until American audiences broke Hill's heart with poor box office, STREETS OF FIRE stars heartthrob Michael Pare (notice I didn't say former heartthrob) as Tom Cody, a soldier of fortune who is summoned by his sister (THE WARRIORS' super-tuff Deborah Van Valkenberg) to rescue his old flame, rock goddess Ellen Aim (a 19-year old Diane Lane) from a pack of PVC-clad bikers from the wrong end of town (who are headed up by Willem Dafoe and Fear's Lee Ving).
Add to this mix Rick Moranis as Ellen's current boyfriend/manager Billy Fish, a tough-as nails Amy Madigan as Cody's sidekick McCoy, an early appearance by Bill Paxton, and the always effervescent '80s staple E.G. Daily and you’ve got yourself a movie that can pretty much do no wrong.
The merits of STREETS OF FIRE are many: its stunning production design, its no-fat dialogue, its crew of rotating editors who set the standard for modern editing techniques (for better or for worse), and of course, the music - courtesy of songwriters Jim Steinmann and Stevie Nicks, and amazingly bolstered by The Blasters as the house band at Torchie's Bar (Torchie's itself being a consistent character in Hill's early films).
Don't miss this rare big-screen celebration of everything that is good and right about movies. After all, tonight is what it means to be young! (Kier-La Janisse)