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Streets of Fire

Film Review by Dean Duncan Jun 17, 2015

This looks kind of dumb, a generation later.  That’s partly because Hill et al. were really trying for something different, something new. It’s a misstep, but an adventurous and ambitious one. So credit is due. They’ve fashioned a viable, kind of plausible alternative universe—derived from The Warriors (1979), and even The Odyssey too, if only by accident. I’m an old fuddy-duddy, and this/any kind of posturing gets on my old-guy nerves, but you really can see how the kids might have dug this, back when it came out. The kinetic editing is quite effective. If the tough guy stances are silly on the surface, then there’s still a Hawksian integrity, at least a Hawksian attempt accruing to them. And as it turns out, preening Paré and dweebish Moranis (Hurray!) have a nice reconciliation at the end.