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  • Box Office Bomb: Budget, $14.5 million. Box office, $8,089,290. It's become a bit of a cult film since then, particularly in Japan.
  • Breakaway Pop Hit: "I Can Dream About You", "Nowhere Fast", "Tonight Is What It Means To Be Young."
  • Creator Backlash: Rick Moranis hated his performance as Billy Fish because he was banned from ad-libbing by director Walter Hill.
  • Creator Killer: Co-writer Larry Gross was very upset by the film bombing at the box office, and the film led to his cinematic career getting hooked off the stage until 1990.
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  • Cut Song: Bruce Springsteen's "Streets of Fire" was used in the original ending sequence, but negotiations for the rights dragged out for too long and the ending was reshot with a replacement.
  • Missing Trailer Scene: 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.
  • Playing Against Type: Rick Moranis as Billy Fish, Ellen's surly manager. He isn't a tough guy, but he's got way more spunk than Moranis' other roles.
  • Production Posse: Deborah Van Valkenburgh and Lynne Thigpen both had roles in Walter Hill's previous film The Warriors.
  • Referenced by...:
    • Word of God has confirmed that the phantom band the Disasters in City of Devils are a shout-out to both the Bombers and the Blasters in this movie. (Hell, there's even a member named Raven.)
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    • The first episode of Bubblegum Crisis is heavily inspired by Streets of Fire. Priss and the Replicants song "Kon'ya wa Hurricane" is heavily based on Ellen Aim and the Attackers "Nowhere Fast".
  • Stillborn Franchise: Walter Hill once claimed he wanted to make a trilogy of films about Tom Cody, but the film flopped and those plans went unfulfilled.
  • Troubled Production:
    • Production went significantly overbudget and overschedule (a tent built to allow day-for-night shooting cost $1.2 million to build, and it took 4 weeks to shoot the sledgehammer fight between Cody and Raven), the negotiations for music rights held up production several times, most notably with Bruce Springsteen's "Streets of Fire", which was used in the original ending sequence. Springsteen and the producers were not able to come to an agreement in time for the film's release, which required the ending to be reshot at the cost of a million dollars. Walter Hill was not used to filming musical numbers, and had serious trouble shooting them within the time and budget given.
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    • There was also issues with Michael Paré, the film's lead, being inexperienced with large productions and overwhelmed by the demands put on him. Paré and Rick Moranis didn't get along during filming, as he didn't take well to Moranis heckling him. Co-writer Larry Gross later regarded Paré's performance as one of the weakest parts of the film and a large reason why it failed, and Walter Hill would never work with him again.
  • Underage Casting: Ellen Aim was written as a 28-year-old woman and Diane Lane read for the part when she was 18.
  • Urban Legend of Zelda: Final Fight fans reached a general consensus that the first game was inspired by this movie, given its similar plot and character names, but according to this video the game's producer had never even heard of the movie.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • The second draft of the screenplay has two different songs, more dialogue and backstory supplied by Reva Cody, and a different sledgehammer fight.
    • According to the book Disneywar, the producer of the movie, Lawrence Gordon, pitched Hill's screenplay to Paramount, who distributed 48 Hrs.. When the idea was rejected, it and Gordon, Silver, and Hill's next movie Brewster's Millions (1985) went to Universal. An added side effect of this move, however, came when Paramount executive Jeffrey Katzenberg discussed the movies with Gordon. Katzenberg turned this knowledge over to his boss Michael Eisner, who promptly ended all speaking terms with Gordon for the next 2 years.
    • Tom Cruise was the first pick for Tom Cody, but he took a role in another film before the producers could come to a deal with him. Eric Roberts and Patrick Swayze were also seen. Likewise with Daryl Hannah, who was the first pick for Ellen Aim, but took a role in a different film instead.
    • The part of McCoy was originally written to be a Hispanic male named Mendez with Edward James Olmos being considered to play the part.
    • The original climactic fight scene had Tom Cody pull out a knife and kill Raven with it, which Hill included to show that Cody was prepared to win by any means necessary, but it was cut so the movie could get a lower rating.
  • Writing by the Seat of Your Pants: A double case; Originally, the ending sequence had Diane Lane singing Bruce Springsteen's "Streets of Fire" - this was actually filmed. However, just before production finished, Universal admitted they wouldn't get the rights to the song by the release date. Hill then asked Steinman to write a replacement; he wrote "Tonight Is What It Means to be Young" in two days. Hill wrote and shot the new ending in the few days remaining.

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