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Streets of Fire

Streets of Fire
Directed by Walter Hill
Produced by Lawrence Gordon and Joel Silver
Written by Walter Hill
Larry Gross
Starring Michael Pare
Diane Lane
Rick Moranis
Amy Madigan
Willem Dafoe
Deborah Van Valkenburgh
Bill Paxton
Rick Rossovich
Richard Lawson
Music by Ry Cooder
Cinematography Andrew Laszlo
Editing by Freeman A. Davies
Michael Ripps
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release date(s) June 1, 1984
Running time 93 min.
Country United States
Language English
Budget $14.5 million
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Streets of Fire is a film that was directed by Walter Hill, and co-written by Hill and Larry Gross in the fall and winter of 1983. It was described in the previews, trailers, and posters as "A Rock & Roll Fable." It's an unusual mix of part musical, part drama and part comedy with a setting that is both retro 1950's and the 1980's. Image File history File links Streets_of_fire_movie. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Joel Silver (born July 14, 1952) is a successful Jewish-American Hollywood film producer. ... Walter Hill (born California 1942) is a prominent American film director. ... Wikipedia does not yet have an article with this exact name. ... Michael Paré (born October 9, 1958 in Brooklyn, New York) is an American actor. ... Diane Lane (born January 22, 1965) is an Academy Award-nominated American actress. ... Frederick Alan Rick Moranis (born April 18, 1953) is a Canadian comic actor best known for his work on SCTV and in films such as Ghostbusters, Little Shop of Horrors, Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, and My Blue Heaven. ... Amy Madigan (born 11 September 1950) is an American actress. ... William Dafoe, Jr. ... Deborah Van Valkenburgh is an American actress. ... William Bill Paxton (born May 17, 1955 in Fort Worth, Texas) is a Golden Globe award nominated American actor and film director. ... Rick Rossovich (born August 28, 1957 in Palo Alto, California) is an American actor. ... Richard Lawson (b. ... Ryland Ry Peter Cooder (born on March 15, 1947) is an American guitarist, singer and composer, known for his slide guitar work, his interest in the American roots music and, more recently, for his collaborations with traditional musicians from many countries. ... Universal Pictures is the main motion picture production/distribution arm of Universal Studios, a subsidiary of NBC Universal. ... June 1 is the 152nd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (153rd in leap years), with 213 days remaining. ... 1984 (MCMLXXXIV) was a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Wikipedia does not yet have an article with this exact name. ... 1983 (MCMLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


The film stars Michael Paré, Diane Lane, Rick Moranis, Amy Madigan, E.G. Daily, and Willem Dafoe, and includes cameos by many then unknown stars of stage and screen. The film was produced by Universal Pictures for a summer release but financially was a box office flop. Michael Paré (born October 9, 1959 in Brooklyn, New York) is an American actor. ... Diane Lane (born January 22, 1965) is an Academy Award-nominated American actress. ... Frederick Alan Rick Moranis (born April 18, 1953) is a Canadian comic actor best known for his work on SCTV and in films such as Ghostbusters, Little Shop of Horrors, Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, and My Blue Heaven. ... Amy Madigan (born 11 September 1950) is an American actress. ... Elizabeth Guttman (born September 11, 1962), better known by her stage names of Elizabeth Daily and E.G. Daily, is an American voice actress, actress, and singer. ... William Dafoe, Jr. ... Universal Pictures is the main motion picture production/distribution arm of Universal Studios, a subsidiary of NBC Universal. ...


In recent years this movie has achieved cult status. It has MTV-like visuals and editing techniques, a soundtrack of a variety of many different types of established musical artists and genres (blues to rockabilly to even some pop), and the acting is top-notch with a cohesive storyline and is simply fun to watch. MTV (Music Television) is an American cable television network headquartered in New York City. ...

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Plotline

Spoiler warning: Plot and/or ending details follow.

The film begins with a concert being given by Ellen Aim (Diane Lane), a "girl from the neighborhood" known as "The Richmond" in a fictional city. She is now a famous singer of the band Ellen Aim and The Attackers, and has come back home to give a concert there. Diane Lane (born January 22, 1965) is an Academy Award-nominated American actress. ...


Just as they end the song "Nowhere Fast" she is attacked onstage and is kidnapped by Raven Shaddock (Willem Dafoe), the leader of the biker gang The Bombers, who had entered the auditorium during the song. Some of the people in the crowd try to keep Ellen from getting assaulted onstage (one of them being Bill Paxton), but to no avail. William Dafoe, Jr. ... William Bill Paxton (born May 17, 1955 in Fort Worth, Texas) is a Golden Globe award nominated American actor and film director. ...


Witnessing all of this is Reva Cody (Deborah Van Valkenburgh), who runs the local diner, and immediately wires her kid brother Tom Cody (Michael Pare), an ex-solider and Ellen's ex-boyfriend to help her. Deborah Van Valkenburgh is an American actress. ... Michael Paré (born October 9, 1958 in Brooklyn, New York) is an American actor. ...


Later, after he arrives by 'eL train' (elevated train) and sits down in the diner, the arrival of a gang of young punks known as the Road Masters, "who came down from Kings Park and want to eat," come in and start to hassle Reva. Tom then silently walks up and challenges the leader. Tom gives the first punk two opportunities to try and get his switchblade open before Tom beats him and the rest of his gang up. They run off into the night and Tom notices the car they were riding in, a fire engine red convertible.


Tom drives Reva home then goes to the local bar The Blackhawk that is bartended by Clyde (Bill Paxton). After they say hello and chat a bit, Clyde gets annoyed by a tomboyish looking McCoy (Amy Madigan), who is sitting at the bar. She is another ex-soldier whose "spec" was a mechanic and "could drive anything," as well as being good with her fists, as she decks Clyde for being "an asshole" and grabs a bottle of Tequila from the bar.


They leave the bar and McCoy asks for a place to stay for the night. He takes her home and she gets the couch. During the night Tom and Reva have another conversation about rescuing Ellen and tells her to contact Billy Fish (Rick Moranis), who is not only Ellen's manager but her current boyfriend to meet at the diner in the morning.


While Reva and McCoy go to the diner to find Billy, Tom goes to Richmond Auto and yells out for Pete. Pete works at the garage but has a trunk full of "specialty items," which is weapons.


Pete shows Tom the items and says, "A fella came through here a couple months ago, tapped out - had to part with this outfit after a card game - real unhappy about it too 'cause it was all custom stuff." He gets a chrome-plated quick-pump action shotgun, a .50 caliber chromed six-shot handgun and a Winchester lever action rifle.


Later on at the diner, Tom and Billy meet. Tom agrees to the rescue on the condition that he pays him $10,000 - and that he goes with him to go back into the neighborhood known as "the Battery" (which in Billy's words, "is the shits.") to get Ellen. Billy finally agrees and as they leave, McCoy wants to join and frankly "needs the job." Tom hires her on for 10% and tells her "you drive." He tells Reva before he leaves "Don't worry, they always hire bums like me to for jobs like this." She drives with Billy and Tom in the passenger side.

Ellen Aim
Ellen Aim

As they drive Billy tells them that once they get into the Battery to go to Torchie's, which is "a real dive," and he used to book bands back there in the day. They decide to wait down the block under an overpass and Tom tells them that they are going to wait until nightfall to rescue her. Tom gets some sleep as Billy and McCoy lookout. They observe a lot of bikers going in and out. Image File history File linksMetadata Streetsoffireellenaim. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Streetsoffireellenaim. ...


We switch to inside Torchie's later that night, and the band The Blasters play "One Bad Stud" while a very skimpily dressed dancer (in a dancing cameo by Marine Jahan) and is gyrating on a small stage while chewing gum. Raven walks around in the second floor wearing a floorlength jet-black patent slaughterhouse outfit. He goes to where Ellen is tied up to a bed, tries to kiss her and he says to her, "You're making things real hard on yourself - you act nice, you and me fall in love for a week or two, and then I let you go. Nobody gets hurt." Marine Jahan (born 1959) is a French actress most known for having doubled for Jennifer Beals in the 1983 movie Flashdance. ...


As the three begin to creep around, they are confronted by a slimy bum named Benn Gunn (in a cameo by Ed Begley, Jr.) who knows who they are and what they're up to. After a quick exchange, Tom tells Billy to give him hush money. After he leaves, Tom then tells Billy to go back to the car and be out front 15 minutes. Tom is going to go in topside while he tells McCoy to try to go in through the front door. Ed Begley Jr. ...


The Blasters are now playing "Blue Shadows" as McCoy gets in and is stopped by one of the Bombers and takes her to his special "party room" down the hall from where Raven is playing a poker game on the second floor. She goes up pretending to want to go with him but when they get up there she pulls a Colt .45 handgun on him and tells him that she wants to play a new game called "lights out" and knocks him out with the butt of the gun.


Tom creeps around from the building across from the bar and is directly across from Ellen's window and waits. At exactly 15 minutes, McCoy bursts into the card game and pulls her gun on Raven and the rest of the room and holds them there. Tom then starts to shoot the bikes out and blowing up their gas tanks. Tom then slides down and runs into the front door up to Ellen's room. He uses the switchblade to cut her free and with McCoy's help make it out just as Billy gets to the front door.


As Billy, McCoy and Ellen jump in the convertible, Tom tells them to take off as he makes a diversion and tells them he'll meet up with them at the Grant Street Overpass. He blows up the gas pumps outside the bar and as he grabs a bike to run off, Raven slowly walks through all of the flames and chaos to confront Tom.


He says "Well - looks like I finally ran into someone who likes to play as rough as I do."


Tom replies "Yeah, this looks like your lucky night."


After Tom says who he is, Raven says he'll be coming back for her - and for him, too. Tom takes off on the bike.


Meanwhile, Billy tells Ellen to wise up and that the only reason why Tom is rescuing her is that he hired her. Tom arrives and says that they're moving again. As they jump into the car, McCoy has some fun egging Billy on about Tom used to be Ellen's old flame. Billy doesn't know about it and then McCoy tells him about how it used to be "real hot and heavy."


Tom drives with billy up front and McCoy and Ellen in the back. Billy says that they are home free but Tom says they have to ditch the car, because the car is no good because they'll be looking for it. They ditch it in a dim underground parking lot. Ellen goes up the stairs with Tom and Billy and McCoy goes up in the elevator.


Ellen and Tom fight as Billy and McCoy go back and forth once again about how about Tom and Ellen's love affair was "real major." When they all meet up on the ground floor, they come out onto a part of the Battery populated by a large mix of retro 50's, 70's, and 80's types, with neon on every wall and bar everywhere, with also street people, and 40's and 50's cars, but with a 80's type video jukebox in a bar playing a video by Ellen titled, "Sorcerer" (actually written by Stevie Nicks). Stephanie Lynn Stevie Nicks (born May 26, 1948) is an American singer and songwriter, best known for her work with Fleetwood Mac and a long solo career, which collectively has produced over twenty Top 40 hits. ...


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Production

Streets of Fire reunited Walter Hill with producers Lawrence Gordon and Joel Silver and screenwriter Larry Gross who all worked together on 48 Hrs.. The four men began planning Streets of Fire while completing 48 Hrs. After it was completed, Gross and Hill worked on the screenplay, writing ten pages a day. Hill said in the production notes, "When we finished, we submitted it to Universal on a Friday (in January of 1983) and by the end of the weekend, they gave us the go-ahead." The film's title came from a song written and recorded by Bruce Springsteen on his album "Darkness On The Edge Of Town." Originally, plans were made for the song to be featured on the film's soundtrack, but when he was told that the song would be re-recorded by other vocalists, he withdrew permission for the song to be used. Lawrence Gordon (born March 25, 1936 in Yazoo City, Mississippi) is an American producer and motion picture executive. ... Joel Silver (born July 14, 1952) is a successful Jewish-American Hollywood film producer. ... 48 Hrs. ... The current Universal Studios logo Universal Studios (sometimes called Universal Pictures or, officially, Universal City Studios), a subsidiary of NBC Universal, is one of the major American film studios that has production studios and offices located at 100 Universal City Plaza Drive in Universal City, California, an unincorporated area of... Bruce Frederick Joseph Springsteen (born September 23, 1949) is an American rock singer-songwriter and guitarist. ...


As far as casting, Hill wanted to go with a young cast of relative unknowns. He heard about Michael Pare from the same agent who recommended Eddie Murphy to him for 48 Hrs. At the time he was cast, the actor had two films, Eddie and the Cruisers and Undercover, which hadn’t even been released. For Hill, Pare "had the right quality. He was the only actor I found who was right for the part...a striking combination of toughness and innocence." Edward Eddie Regan Murphy (born April 3, 1961, Brooklyn, New York City) is a Golden Globe-winning and Academy Award-nominated American actor and comedian. ... Eddie and the Cruisers was a movie released in 1983, followed by one sequel, Eddie and the Cruisers II: Eddie Lives! in 1989. ...


Diane Lane had made more than ten films by the time she did Streets of Fire. Hill was so impressed with her work on the film that he wrote additional scenes for her during the shoot.


Amy Madigan originally read for one of the other parts and told Hill and Silver that she wanted to play the role of McCoy which, she remembers, "was written to be played by an overweight male who was a good soldier and really needed a job. It could still be tough and strong and have a woman do it without rewriting the part." Hill liked the idea and cast her.

McCoy and Cody
McCoy and Cody

Production began on location in Chicago, then moved to Los Angeles and finally two weeks at a soap factory in Wilmington, California with additional filming taking place at Universal Studios. Shooting wrapped on August 18, 1983. Image File history File links Streets_of_fire02. ... Image File history File links Streets_of_fire02. ... Nickname: The Windy City, The Second City, Chi Town, City of the Big Shoulders, The 312, The City that Works Motto: Urbs In Horto (Latin: City in a Garden), I Will Location in Chicagoland and Illinois Coordinates: Country United States State Illinois County Cook & DuPage Incorporated March 4, 1837  - Mayor... Flag Seal Nickname: City of Angels Location Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Coordinates , Government State County California Los Angeles County Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 1,290. ... General Phineas Banning Wilmington, California is a neighborhood of Los Angeles, with industry as its primary economical activity. ... August 18 is the 230th day of the year (231st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1983 (MCMLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


All ten days of filming in Chicago were exteriors at night on locations that included platforms of elevated subway lines and the depths of Lower Wacker Drive. For Hill, the subways and their look was crucial to the world of the film and represented one of three modes of transportation (the other two being cars and motorcycles). While shooting in Chicago, the production was plagued by inclement weather that included rain, hail and snow and a combination of all three.


Production designer John Vallone and his team constructed an elevated train line on the backlot of Universal Studios that perfectly matched the ones in Chicago. The film crew tarped-in the New Street and Brownstone street sets to double for the Richmond District setting and completely covering them so that night scenes could be filmed during the day. This tarp measured 1,240 feet long by 220 feet wide over both sets. However, this presented unusual problems. The sound of the tarp flapping in the wind interfered with the actors’ dialogue. Birds who had nested in the tarp provided their own noisy interruptions.


Streets of Fire was intended to be the first in a trilogy of action films starring Michael Pare as Tom Cody. When the film was released in the summer of 1984 (after some delays), the science-fiction film magazine Starlog magazine stated a rumor that the proposed titles of the two sequels would be The Return of Tom Cody and The Far City. However, the film's eventual failure at the box office [citation needed] put an end to the project. Starlog is a science-fiction film magazine published by Starlog Group Inc. ...

Spoilers end here.

Locations

  • The subway scenes were filmed on location in Chicago, with many locations including: LaSalle Street (Blue line), Lake Street (Green line), Sheridan Road (Red, Purple lines), and Belmont Avenue (Red, Brown, and Purple lines). The Damen Avenue stop (Blue Line, at Damen, North, and Milwaukee Avenues) was also used. It was the backdrop for many other films, including "Wicker Park" and "High Fidelity".
  • Though only three districts are seen, the city has a total of five districts: The Richmond, The Strip, The Battery, The Cliffside, and The Bayside.
  • The Ardmore Police roadblock was filmed near 6th street in East Los Angeles near the flood basin.

General Phineas Banning Wilmington, California is a neighborhood of Los Angeles, with industry as its primary economical activity. ...

Trivia

  • Dan Hartman's "I Can Dream About You" is the most successful song from this movie and became a Billboard top 10 hit in 1984.
  • 'The Attackers' were the real-life (Face to Face) bandmates of Laurie Sargent, who provided the lead vocals on Ellen Aim's songs "Never Be You" and "Sorcerer" and supporting vocals on "Tonight Is What It Means To Be Young."
  • The setting of the story is "another time, another place." It shows many elements taken from the 1950s and the 1980s simultaneously. The overall style suggests a near future dystopia, a retro setting of sorts very similar to the film "Blade Runner."
  • The club name "Torchy's" had also seen in other Hill films, The Driver and 48 Hrs..
  • As stated by former Capcom Studio 8 lead designer Tom Sakine, Streets of Fire served as the inspiration for the legendary 1989 arcade beat 'em up, Final Fight itself a much inspired blueprint for the 1991 Sega Megadrive game Streets of Rage.
  • The car that Cody drives in the movie is a 1951 Mercury that was chopped, channeled, nosed and decked. In addition, 12 1950 and 1951 model Studebakers were used as police cars with more than 50 motorcycles and their drivers taken from real L.A. based clubs – The Crusaders and The Heathens.
  • The subway cars seen throughout the entire film are the Chicago Transit Authority's famed 6000 series cars. They first entered service in August, 1950, and were retired in December, 1992.
  • There are cameos of other CTA subway equipment, including the 2000 series Pullman cars, and the 2400 series Boeing cars.
  • The scene, "Get under the bridge, pull over and kill the lights," is the exact same location where the To Live and Die in L.A. chase was filmed.
  • Everytime we see a subway train, the motorman's window is obscured by a shade, or a visor.
  • It has been rumored that the Japanese anime OVA series Bubblegum Crisis and Bubblegum Crash were influenced by Streets of Fire, in particular the melding of such disparate elements as iconic figures seeking vigilante justice when official law enforcement proves ineffectual, set in a noirish, grim urban setting, with the world of neon-saturated, 1980s-style pop music and idols. Supposedly Ellen Aim was the model for the character Priss in the anime series.

Dan Hartman (December 8, 1950 - March 22, 1994) was an American singer, songwriter and record producer. ... Billboard can refer to: Billboard magazine Billboard (advertising) Billboard antenna In 3D computer graphics, to billboard is to rotate an object so that it faces the viewer. ... Wagnerian Rock is a musical genre that was created by Jim Steinman due to his love for the music of Richard Wagner and Phil Spector. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Tonight Is What It Means to Be Young was first performed by Fire Inc. ... Nowhere Fast is a song, first performed by Fire Inc. ... Fire Inc. ... Holly Sherwood next to a Picasso painting. ... This is an article about the Boston new wave band. ... // Recovering from World War II and its aftermath, the economic miracle emerged in West Germany and Italy. ... The 1980s refers to the years of 1980 to 1989. ... The Driver is a 1978 crime film directed by Walter Hill and starring Ryan ONeal, Bruce Dern, and Isabelle Adjani. ... 48 Hrs. ... For the original NASA meaning, see capsule communicator. ... Final Fight ) is a classic beat em up series from Capcom. ... Streets of Rage is a side-scrolling beatem up video game released by Sega in 1991. ... Studebakers Lazy S logo, designed by Raymond Loewy, was used from the 1950s until 1966 The worlds largest living sign was planted at the Studebaker Proving Grounds, west of South Bend, Indiana. ... Chicago Transit Authority, also known as CTA, is the operator of mass transit within the City of Chicago, Illinois. ... To Live and Die in L.A. is an action/thriller movie released in 1985. ... The Adventures of Ford Fairlane is a 1990 action/comedy film starring controversial comedian Andrew Dice Clay as Ford Fairlane, a private detective whose beat is the music industry in Los Angeles. ... A human ovum An ovum (loosely, egg or egg cell) is a female sex cell or gamete. ... Bubblegum Crisis is a cyberpunk-style anime that takes place in the future in a post-disaster Tokyo, now known as Megatokyo. ... Bubblegum Crash is a three episode OVA anime series, the sequel to Bubblegum Crisis. ... Priscilla Priss S. Asagiri is a fictional character from the Japanese anime series Bubblegum Crisis and its spin offs. ...

See also

Cycle of films taking place during the 1950s (or occasionally the early 1960s) that was started by American Graffiti (1973), continued by Grease (1978) and lasted throughout the 1980s. ...

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