The full title is “The Adventures of Tom Cody, Book One: Streets of Fire” – Hill was clearly hoping for a franchise (the ending indicates two sequels, “The Far City” and “Cody’s Return”), but the disappointing box office response of this meant there were none.
There’s nothing quite like this film, a rock and roll fantasy, as it proclaims itself – the opening page says it takes place “in the Other World, a far off place where Genres collide – in this case, Futuristic Fantasy meets the Western, gets married and has rock and roll babies. And, in a rather special way, it’s meant to be comedy.” It also had a big budget and no stars; Hill only managed to get it up off the back of his massive success with 48 Hours.
The script starts off with pictures of a rotting town, Richmond, and narration from Reba about how tough things are. This has a flowery tone to it – did Gross write it? It's in contrast to the big print, which is done in Hill’s patented, sparse style. Reba goes on explaining about Ellen, and Raven – and it’s all stuff that pictures would show. Raven doesn’t abduct Ellen until the second song finishes but then the script pretty much follows the film, the big difference being the film has lots of dialogue which has been trimmed. (There are plenty of omitted scenes too – I wonder if some of them fleshed out what Cody was doing before he came back to town.) This must be a later draft since McCoy has been changed into a woman, something I understand didn’t happen until the casting process.
The script doesn’t shed any more light on the point of having the Baby Doll character. It does have Billy refer to the Sorels as “boogies” – Hill’s scripts always have racist characters in them. Some other differences – there’s a specific reference in the script to Ellen singing “Streets of Fire” at the end, which didn’t happen; Cody gives Ellen a quick, abrupt kiss here instead of the romantic, passionate one in the film.
A random notes – when Cod and Raven are fighting with fists, Greer throws Raven a sledgehammer and implores him to use it - but in a mirror image of Cody tossing aside the sledgehammer, Raven doesn’t (it’s like in Hard Times).