Streets of Fire starring Michael Pare and Diane Lane is my favorite “Rock n Roll Fable!”
In a town existing somewhere between the 50’s and the 80’s, this rock n roll love story revolves around the kidnapping of hometown girl turned star, Ellen Aim. Kidnapped by gang leader Raven Shaddock during her concert performance, her ex-soldier boyfriend Tom Cody arrives in town on a mission to rescue Ellen from The Bombers (Raven’s gang). Let the adventure begin!
I fantasized being Ellen Aim. Cool rock chick jammin on stage and driving the crowd wild! Oh yeah!
And how cool was that opening number? “Nowhere Fast”. “You and me we’re going nowhere slowly. And we gotta get away from the past. There’s nothing wrong with going nowhere baby. But we should be going nowhere fast”.
And I love, love, loved The Sorels! An early 60’s style group in need of a break and discovered by Ellen’s manager, Billy Fish. Absolutely fantastic! They had the moves, the energy, so effervescent!!
Stoney Jackson as Bird, lead singer
Grand L. Bush as Reggie
Robert Townsend as Lester
Mykelti Williamson as B.J.
The Sorels Trivia:
Stoney Jackson dancer in Michael Jackson’s”Beat It” video
Robert Townsend director of Hollywood Shuffle 1987
(if you haven’t seen it you should really check it out!)
Mykelti Williamson played Bubba in Forest Gump
“If I Can Dream About You” – Recorded by Dan Hartman
And the final number, “Tonight is What It Means to be Young” still gives me goosebumps. Her heartbreak, his tortured soul at having to go. If that isn’t a theatrical climax, then I don’t know what is.
|Directed by||Walter Hill|
|Produced by||Lawrence Gordon
|Written by||Walter Hill
|Music by||Ry Cooder|
|Editing by||James Coblentz
Freeman A. Davies
|Distributed by||Universal Pictures|
|Release dates||June 1, 1984|
|Running time||93 minutes|