A neon lit exercise in cinematography that never overcomes its obvious back lot shoot and certainly hasn't stood the test of time. Pare and Lane miscast here with only a young psychotic Dafoe making a true impression. The final showdown is still impressive but one has to sit through a lot of 80's overproduced pop (I'm talking to you Jim Steinman) and bad hair and costumes. Definitely an unique entry for Hill.
Really wanted to like this one but it just doesn't work. Shallowly written and choppily edited, Streets of Fire is a bore. It only works on the aesthetic level and not on any other. One of Walter Hill's weakest efforts. REMATCH: Memorable and holds up better than I remember but not one of my favorite Hill.
Hill captures everything spectacular that I love about the 80's aesthetic flawlessly. The vivid neon colors, kinetic editing, electric mise en scene, the vivacious music and an awesome (and young!) Dafoe and Lane that bring it. If I ever had to shoot a concert film I would prepare with this film along with Singin' in the Rain and An American in Paris. Sorry for all theridiculous adjectives guys, I am just pumped.
Hill's big-budget B-movie action extravaganza was a failure on its original release, but has since garnered a well-deserved cult following. Spot-on, over the top performances by Michael Pare, Willem Dafoe, Rick Moranis, and the scene-stealing Amy Madigan; impressive slick production design; energetic action scenes; and a great rock score by Ry Cooder makes this a rollicking good time.
Can't help but love the convoluted setting (set in some alternate reality where the 80's and the 50's are one and the same) and the cheesy-as-all-hell dialogue; but it's another one of those genuine 80's fashion films. Love the music, minus one star for Willem Dafoe looking like a cross between a lizard, and a biker dominatrix throughout, and effectively haunting my nightmares .