Tough Guy Cinema

STREETS OF FIRE

Director Walter Hill
Year 1984
Starring Michael Pare, Diane Lane, Rick Moranis, Willem Dafoe
Rating R
Run Time 93min
More Info IMDb

As part of the Alamo 100, this screening will feature free collectible STREETS OF FIRE pins while supplies last.

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)

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