Streets Of Fire

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Alamo Drafthouse Houston says
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 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 big-screen celebration of everything that is good and right about movies. After all, tonight is what it means to be young!
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By: Alamo Drafthouse Houston

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