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[[caption-width-right:327:Another time, another place.]]

->''I don't see any angels in the city''
->''I don't hear any holy choirs sing''
->''And if I can't get an angel''
->''I can still get a boy''
->''And a boy'd be the next best thing''
->''The next best thing to an angel...''
->''A boy'd be the next best thing.''

Ellen Aim (Creator/DianeLane), lead singer of the Attackers, is kidnapped by a gang of bikers known as The Bombers. One of the people in the audience, Reva Cody (Deborah Van Valkenburgh), sends a telegram to her brother Tom (Michael Paré), a war veteran - and Ellen's ex-boyfriend - asking him to return to "the Richmond", a district in [[CityWithNoName the city]]. Tom Cody and the ex-soldier [=McCoy=] (Amy Madigan) are hired by Ellen's manager and boyfriend, Billy Fish (Creator/RickMoranis) to rescue Ellen. The three of them search for Ellen, to rescue her from the Bombers, only for Tom to find that he has feelings for Ellen that need to be reconciled.

From Walter Hill, the director of ''Film/TheWarriors'' and ''Film/FortyEightHours'', ''Streets of Fire'' is a 1984 film, described as a "Rock'n'Roll Fable". Its setting is a kind of AlternateUniverse, a mix of an over-the-top 50s and a dystopian near-future as seen from the 80s; a card in the opening title sequence tells us it's set in "another time, another place." The charm of this film lies in its darkly beautiful shots with lots of shadow and smoke and piercing colors, the comic-book style storytelling, and [[CrowningMusicOfAwesome fantastic music]], and it is especially [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff popular in Japan]], despite having no initial success, commercially or critically. Notably, BubblegumCrisis and FinalFight were influenced by this film.

''Streets of Fire'' was intended to be the first in a projected trilogy of action films called "The Adventures of Tom Cody" with Hill tentatively titling the two sequels ''The Far City'' and ''Cody's Return''. However, the film's eventual failure at the box office put an end to the project.

The song "Tonight Is What It Means To Be Young", which plays in the ending scene and over the credits (and whose title also appeared as the tagline for the film) was later adapted into "Der Tanz der Vampire" ("The Dance of the Vampires") in the German-language stage musical [[Theatre/TanzderVampire Tanz der Vampire]].

According to ThatOtherWiki, an unofficial FanSequel is being produced by Albert Pyun. Entitled ''Film/RoadToHell'', it will have Michael Pare and Deborah Van Valkenburgh reprising their roles from the original film. The website for the sequel can be found [[http://www.roadtohellmovie.com/ here]].

No relation to the song from the ''{{Initial D}}'' soundtrack.
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!!This film provides examples of the following:

* ActionFilmQuietDramaScene: Ellen's reconciliation with Tom.
* ActionGirl: [=McCoy=]. The role was written as male. Amy Madigan just happened to give an awesome audition.
* ActionPrologue: It starts off with Ellen being kidnapped onstage followed by a diner brawl, and the action never stops from there.
* AmbiguouslyGay: [=McCoy=] is a butch ex-soldier who keeps telling Tom that he's not her type.
* AntiHero: Tom Cody.
* AscendedFangirl: One of Ellen's fans decides to tag along with the group, even giving them crucial information about the police patrols. Then Tom Cody [[KickTheDog kicks her out]].
* AuthorAppeal: Part of the reason this was made was because the director wanted to make a movie with the things he thought were cool while he was growing up; "custom cars, kissing in the rain, neon, trains in the night, high-speed pursuit, rumbles, rock stars, motorcycles, jokes in tough situations, leather jackets and questions of honor".
* BadAss: Where to start. Tom Cody, [=McCoy=], Raven, Officer Price, Greer and most of the rest of the Bombers. Hell even Ed Begley Jr. played a BadAss homeless guy. Even Billy Fish, the NonActionGuy (played by RickMoranis, no less), has a lot of guts.
* BadassBiker: Raven and the Bombers, obviously. The Roadmasters ''think'' they're this. They're not.
* BadassLongcoat: Tom Cody.
* BadGuyBar: "Torchie's", an abandoned factory with an upstairs/back rooms apparently for Bad Guys' use.
* BeautyIsNeverTarnished: [=McCoy=] and Ellen aren't hurt at all, while the men get the snot beat out of them.
* BigBad: Raven Shaddock.
* BigBadWannabe: The Roadmasters, a gang of wannabe thugs who're dispatched during the opening credits.
* BittersweetEnding: Cody pulls himself together and saves the city, but leaves Ellen, feeling the best thing to do for her is to let her go.
* BladeLock: In the fight scene at the end, Cody and Raven do this with sledgehammers.
* ButterflyKnife: One of the gang members in the DinerBrawl whips one of these out. Tom smacks it out of his hand, then hands it back to the gang member with the challenge, "Try that again." The gang member does, with the same result, about eight times. Tom eventually [[ChekhovsGun keeps the knife]] and tosses the gang out of the diner.
* CasualDangerDialog: ''Tons'' of it.
* TheCavalry: At the end the citizens of The Richmond see off the Bombers after Cody defeats Raven.
* TheChanteuse: Ellen Aim, who's played by Diane Lane.
* ChekhovsGun: The ButterflyKnife that Tom takes from the gang leader during the DinerBrawl gets put to good use later in the movie.
* CherryTapping: After beating each other up with sledgehammers and fists, Cody finishes Raven by ''pushing'' him over. It's a bit of an act of mercy, since Raven was basically out on his feet.
* CityOfAdventure
* CityWithNoName: Although "the Richmond" and other districts were named, the overall city was simply "another time, another place."
* TheCoatsAreOff: Cody does this in the opening DinerBrawl, revealing a sleeveless shirt beneath that duster. Both he and Raven do this before the sledgehammer street fight as well.
* CombatPragmatist: Both Tom and Raven.
* ComplainingAboutRescuesTheyDontLike: Ellen is furious that Tom went to save her for money.
* CoolBigSis: Reva Cody.
* CoolCar: "I just picked it up today."
* CrazyJealousGuy: Billy Fish.
* CurbStompBattle: Cody and the Roadmasters
* CutSong: "[[TitleDrop Streets of Fire]]".
* DamselInDistress: Ellen Aim.
* TheDandy: Billy Fish.
* DeconstructedTrope: The DistressedDamsel plot. Cody's doing it for money, and Ellen is rescued about halfway through, the problem then becomes ''keeping'' her safe. It also touches on this when Ellen talks with the fangirl, admitting that she doesn't write her songs.
* DidNotGetTheGirl: More like 'Didn't Want The Girl'; Tom loved her, and Billy even offered to stand down, but Cody wasn't the kind of man to be a groupie. He ''does'' drive off with the girl sidekick, though she keeps protesting that he's "not her type."
* DinerBrawl: We're introduced to Cody through one of these, where he defends his sister from some rowdy diner patrons.
* DoWrongRight: The police chief gives Cody permission to fight Raven after his plan to resolve it peacefully fails.
* TheDragon: Greer, Raven's second-in-command. The one who punches out Billy Fish. Played by Lee Ving, the former lead singer of the punk band Fear.
* DramaticGunCock: The townspeople with several hundred guns after the end of the sledgehammer duel.
* DropTheHammer: The sledgehammer duel between Tom Cody and Raven.
* {{Dystopia}}
* TheEighties
* FakeBand: Ellen Aim and the Attackers, and the Sorels. The band playing at Torchy's? Those were the Blasters, a ''real'' BadAss rockabilly group.
* FanSequel: As mentioned above, [[http://www.roadtohellmovie.com/ a fan sequel]] is being produced.
* FilmNoir
* FireForgedFriends: At the end, Tom Cody and Billy Fish, who spent most of the movie being antagonistic toward each other, have come to an accord and respect each other to the point that they are no longer constantly sniping at each other.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: ''I Can Dream About You'' foreshadows that [[spoiler: Tom won't go with Ellen]].
* GangsterLand
* GenderBlenderName: A man named...Raven?
* GenderFlip: The original screenplay imagined [=McCoy=] as a male; Amy Madigan convinced them to have the character be female without rewriting the part.
* GenreShift
* GoodOldFisticuffs: How the sledgehammer duel ends up.
* HellBentForLeather
* HollywoodNight: Some of the film was shot on the backlot of Universal Studios in California on two large, elaborate sets covered in a tarp 1,240 feet long by 220 feet wide so that night scenes could be filmed during the day.
* HonorBeforeReason: Officer Price tries his best to uphold the law by the book, which means he can't go after Ellen as it's outside his jurisdiction.
* HypercompetentSidekick: [=McCoy=] has shades of this, though it could stem from the villains being unwilling to hit a girl.
* IHaveYouNowMyPretty: Raven tries to put the moves on Ellen, and this is essentially why he kidnapped her in the first place.
* IJustWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: Billy Fish is Ellen Aim's boyfriend as well as her manager, but he recognizes that Tom is Ellen's [[OneTruePairing True Love]] and offers to stand aside. For his part, Tom realizes the in the long run, Billy is better for Ellen's career and her happiness. He also doesn't want to take Ellen's music away from her (his original complaint was that he didn't like "coming in second to her music" Each says Ellen would be better off with the other guy, leading to this exchange:
-->'''Billy Fish:''' "Listen, Tom... I won't stand in your way with Ellen. I know how things are between you two."
-->'''Tom Cody:''' (after a beat) "I'd only slow her down. Besides, she needs you more than she needs me."
-->'''Billy Fish:''' "Sure, she needs me... but she ''loves'' you!"
-->'''Tom Cody:''' "She'll get over it. Besides, she's used to me being unreliable and disappearing on her."
-->'''Billy Fish:''' "Is that what I'm supposed to tell her?"
-->'''Tom Cody:''' (shrugs) "You're better with words than I am."
* ILied: Raven lies to the police about bringing only two guys to the showdown.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold:
** Tom Cody. Saves his ex for money, kicks out her fangirl, and generally makes everyone dislike him...and then he lets Fish keep the money, reconciles with Ellen, and saves the town from the bikers.
** Billy Fish. For all his whining and complaining, for all his constantly insulting and condescending to ''everyone'' he meets except Ellen, he rides right into Hell for Ellen along with everyone else, not to mention charging out into the fight onstage in the opening scene and trying to face down Raven just before the sledgehammer fight (he's pathetically ineffective both times, but still. Whatever else you can call him, he's no DirtyCoward). Also, despite his petty greed, he agrees to not one, but two benefits in Ellen's old neighborhood (with notably less complaining the second time). See also: IJustWantMyBelovedToBeHappy.
* Music/JimSteinman: Wrote the music for Ellen Aim and the Attackers. As if you couldn't tell.
* KeepTheReward: Cody takes the 10 percent that he promised [=McCoy=] and lets Billy Fish keep the rest.
* KickThemWhileTheyAreDown: Raven does this to Cody during their fight. Cody also kicks back.
* KnightInSourArmor: Cody.
* TheLadette: [=McCoy=] was written as a man, but eventually cast with a female actor, during her into one of these. Very little of her lines were changed.
* LivingProp: Ellens other bandmates (Presumably "The attackers"). Only one of whom tries to save her from the bikers. None of them join in the rescue mission and barely interact with anyone.
* MadeOfExplodium: Cody dispatches Raven's gang's motorcycles with a single shot each. Whoomph-flash-boom.
* MeaningfulName:
** The biker bar Torchie's. Everything around the place [[MadeOfExplodium blows up real good]].
** Ellen ''Aim'': "The things they say and the things they do / Nothing's gonna stop us if our aim is true".
* MissingTrailerScene: The trailer had Ellen saying "You gonna stay for the show? It's really good," and a different take of Raven saying "I want Tom Cody!'; the latter is notable as it appeared to be in his hideout that, in the film, was burnt down.
* MoodWhiplash: After scenes of typical action movie fare with BloodlessCarnage comes the raw, brutal sledgehammer fight, ''with'' blood.
* MotorMouth:
** Billy Fish, especially when agitated.
** Also Baby Doll, Ellen's fangirl.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Tom seems to have this realization after everyone is alienated from him, and soon starts to set things right.
* NinjaPirateZombieRobot: It's a Musical/Action/Comic Book movie.
* NoNameGiven: Ellen's fan, who's called "Baby Doll" in the script.
* NoOneGetsLeftBehind: Surprisingly, a villainous version. Once Raven is defeated, the Bombers pick him up and carry him away, not leaving him to be cleaned up by the police.
* NonActionGuy: Billy Fish, who nevertheless has balls made of pure brass and who doesn't let something like the knowledge he's about to get his ass kicked stop him.
* NotSoStoic: The one time Cody really panics is when the Sorels' bus catches on fire and they can't cool it off.
* NotableOriginalMusic: By Jim Steinman, The Fixx, and many others.
* OneLiner: Much of the dialogue is this.
* OnlyInItForTheMoney: Cody goes to save Ellen for money, not love.
* OutGambitted: The police chief tries to get Cody and Ellen out of town while he arrests Raven. He didn't expect Raven to have an army of bikers at the ready. Good thing Cody returned when he did.
* PetTheDog: Billy and Cody finally exchange friendly words at the film's end, finally making amends.
* PoliceAreUseless: Well it ''is'' GangsterLand, after all. There are only ''two'' main cops that we see, and one of them is the Chief of Police. Two other patrolmen are bought off.
* PopCulturalOsmosis
* RagtagBunchOfMisfits: Cody, [=McCoy=], and Billy fit this trope well enough, but it really heads into this territory when they pick up Baby Doll, a fan of Ellen's, and the Sorels, a band, on the way back from the Battery.
* RecycledSoundtrack: The "Godspeed!" section of ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nEV1B7RcJC4 Nowhere Fast]]'' was lifted from the title track of Music/JimSteinman's solo album, ''Bad For Good'', and the opening piano riff was recycled for the MeatLoaf song ''Everything Louder Than Everything Else''. And as mentioned above, ''Tonight Is What It Means To Be Young'' was re-arranged to become the title track of ''TanzDerVampire''.
* RetroUniverse: The setting is best described as being in Rock n' Roll land with minimal racial tensions, '50s-ish fashion sense, and '80s-ish urban decay. The intro card simply reads, "Another Time, Another Place".
* RuleOfCool: Did we mention the duel between Tom Cody and Raven? '''''With sledgehammers!'''''
* RunningGag: Cody and company repeatedly ditching and procuring the same car.
* SameContentDifferentRating: Some [=DVDs=] of the film rate it PG while others rate it R.
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: The police chief tries to get Cody and Ellen to leave the city to avert a final showdown. Cody--though unwillingly--gets Ellen away, but heads back to take care of the Bombers.
* ShoutOut: The film has been referenced in other works.
** The intro song of this film, ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nEV1B7RcJC4 Nowhere Fast]]'', is replicated in the first episode of ''BubblegumCrisis'' almost [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mNp7CN_Hqjo verbatim]]. Also, several of the characters have similar names.
** Also, the songs ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9MwipkEA43M Angel & Devil's Kiss]]'' and ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dQgAnh8qBe0 VICTORY]]'' are basically straight rips of the opening number, too. [[CrowningMusicofAwesome Not that there's anything wrong with that...]]
** The cover art for ''Act [=II=]: The Father of Death'', by Music/TheProtomen, is directly inspired by the movie poster. And the track ''Light up the Night'' is incredibly similar to ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nEV1B7RcJC4 Nowhere Fast]]''.
* TheSmurfettePrinciple: Ellen Aim and the Attackers.
* SpiritualSuccessor: To director Hill's own film ''Film/TheWarriors'', another film taking place in a gritty but stylized alternate reality overrun by gangs.
* SpontaneousCrowdFormation: Raven summons about ''200 bikers'' out of nowhere to face down the police. A bit later, a bunch of citizens with guns show up to stare them down. They then proceed to do nothing until Tom beats Raven in a street fight, at which point the guys with guns chase off the bikers.
* TheSquadette: [=McCoy=], who else.
* StarterVillain: The Roadmasters.
* StealthParody: Though advertised as a dark, edgy atmospheric action thriller the film is very tongue in cheek with a lot of bad dialogue delivered badly on purpose.
* TeethClenchedTeamwork: Cody, [=McCoy=], and Billy spend as much time arguing as they do rescuing Ellen.
* TrappedBehindEnemyLines
* ViceCity
* VillainousFriendship: See NoOneGetsLeftBehind. Greer (Lee Ving's character) in particular seems genuinely loyal to his boss.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Walter Hill once claimed he wanted to make a trilogy of films about Tom Cody, but the film flopped and those plans went unfulfilled.
* WorldOfBadass: Let's put it this way: Billy Fish is played by RickMoranis. He's pushy, he's a loudmouth, he's a nerd, and he loses every single physical confrontation he engages in. But he never once backs down to ''any'' of the tough guys he's surrounded by, even when he knows it means his ass is about to be kicked. Why? Because while he might be a pushy loudmouth nerd, he's a '''''BADASS''''' pushy loudmouth nerd. Same with Bill Paxton's character, Clyde the Bartender. Its pretty clear he's a joke of a human being. A bad joke. And when confronted with 200 heavily armed bikers, he naturally runs away... to bring back 400 heavily armed guys from the neighborhood to help drive the bikers away. So if the two weakest characters in the movie are both badasses, you know its a WorldOfBadass.
* WouldHitAGirl: Tom punches Ellen across the face to [[TapOnTheHead knock her out]] so she would stop fussing and he could focus on saving them.
* WretchedHive
* XMeetsY: This movie has been described as ''Film/TheWarriors'' meets ''Film/EscapeFromNewYork'' with lots of music.
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