Streets of Fire
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  • For those who remember Michael Pare as the tough kid from television's Greatest American Hero, you'd agree with me that his role here is no stretch

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      Streets of Fire is a rock opera from 1984. Michael Pare, from Eddie & The Cruisers, played tough guy Tom Cody.

      The setting is in Chicago, dark side of town, in the fifties.

      Hometown girl made good, returns to perform a benefit concert, and is kidnapped by a gang of thugs called the Bombers, led by Raven, played by Willem Dafoe in one of his first major roles.


      Diane Lane is the kidnapped singer and Rick Moranis is her manager, who hires Tom Cody to bring her back.

      Tom gets help from Amy Madigan, who plays a street tough mercenary.

      Lots of motorcycles, tough guy fifties talk, guns, explosives, and a great rock soundtrack serve to dish up a ninety-minute buffet of adventurous fun.

      For those who remember Michael Pare as the tough kid from television’s Greatest ...


      • American Hero, you’d agree with me that his role here is no stretch.

        In fact, it is a little more toned down than his Tony Villacanla character.

        But, if you’ve seen him in other roles, most notably Eddie & The Cruisers and Philadelphia Experiment, then you know Michael Pare is no huckster actor.

        I’d like to know what happened to him.

        He seemed to disappear from the big

        screen about the same time Brad Pitt started knocking.

        Coincidence?

        The cast appeared to enjoy the stilted dialogue.

        It seemed to me almost comic book style in writing and acting, but with an awesome rock soundtrack, and supporting players like Rick Moranis as dorky manager Fish, and rugged Willem Dafoe as Raven, this light-hearted fare is worth watching just to hear Diane Lane sing the first and last songs of the movie.




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