Rumble Fish

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One of two S.E. Hinton novels Francis Ford Coppola directed in 1983, Rumble Fish is a stylized black-and-white film about the death of gang culture in a rough-and-tumble town full of stunted youths. The central character is the strutting Rusty James Matt Dillon, a foul-mouthed lunkhead clad in sweaty tank tops, who passes his time at the billiards hall waiting for "something" to happen in his life. That something might be the return of his brother, known only as the Motorcycle Boy Mickey Rourke, from exile in ...
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Herb Rice, Matt Dillon, Mickey Rourke, Diane Lane, Dennis Hopper, Diana Scarwid August 8, 1995 VHS Very good in very good packaging. Language: English. Run time: 94 mins. ... Originally released: 1983. Great playing condition; great entertainment; comes in original slipcase; not an ex-rental! Read more Show Less

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One of two S.E. Hinton novels Francis Ford Coppola directed in 1983, Rumble Fish is a stylized black-and-white film about the death of gang culture in a rough-and-tumble town full of stunted youths. The central character is the strutting Rusty James Matt Dillon, a foul-mouthed lunkhead clad in sweaty tank tops, who passes his time at the billiards hall waiting for "something" to happen in his life. That something might be the return of his brother, known only as the Motorcycle Boy Mickey Rourke, from exile in California. Charismatic and intelligent, the Motorcycle Boy once led numerous wide-eyed followers into battle, into the "rumbles" once commonplace in town. Rusty James wants to take over that role, but lacks the smarts necessary for leadership, nearly getting himself killed in an opening fight. The Motorcycle Boy stops the fight with equal parts efficiency and cool, and Rusty James seems delighted by his brother's return. But it quickly becomes clear that a local cop William Smith is still gunning for the Motorcycle Boy, waiting for him to slip up, even though the mysterious youth has developed a weary philosophy of life and a skeptical view of his former power. As the Motorcycle Boy seems more and more distant, lost in deaf and color-blind fugues, Rusty James gets into greater trouble, running afoul of his girlfriend Diane Lane and friends Nicolas Cage, Christopher Penn, Vincent Spano, and seeming on the path to destruction. ~ Derek Armstrong
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Rumble Fish is one of a number of projects Francis Ford Coppola has agreed to direct during his long career either to help finance a future project or cover for the excesses of a past one. But that doesn't mean it was just tossed off; in fact, Coppola comes across as downright ambitious, shooting in black-and-white with all manner of camera angles, close-ups, and extreme depths of field. The result is a stylized fairy tale about wasted youth, rebelliousness, and the desire to exude cool, which received critical attention for its original production design. Matt Dillon and Mickey Rourke are excellent choices to portray the central hothead delinquent and the detached brother he idolizes, both archetypes in a nowhere town that recalls the small Texas hamlet of Peter Bogdanovich's The Last Picture Show. Coppola was of course able to command a first-rate supporting cast that included some of his past collaborators (including Laurence Fishburne, then known as "Larry", and Dennis Hopper from Apocalypse Now) as well as early appearances from several future Hollywood mainstays (Nicolas Cage and Chris Penn). But the acting is hardly the focus in this film, as Coppola is far more interested in creating a fantasy world involving shadow play, time-lapse photography, and thematic bursts of color breaking up the chiaroscuro design. While occasionally pretentious, Rumble Fish is a visually interesting slice of dead-end America life, featuring a cast that will forever register it as a curiosity worth seeking out.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/8/1995
  • UPC: 096898005630
  • Original Release: 1983
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  • Source: Universal Studios
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Matt Dillon Rusty James
Mickey Rourke Motorcycle Boy
Diane Lane Patty
Dennis Hopper Father
Diana Scarwid Cassandra
Herb Rice Pool Player
Vincent Spano Steve
William Smith Patterson
Sofia Coppola
Dominot Patty's Sister
Lance William Guecia
Michael Higgins Harrigan
S.E. Hinton Prostitute in Street
Bob Maras
Kristi Somers
Tracey Walter
Glenn Withrow Bitt
Emmett Brown
Nicolas Cage Smokey
Laurence Fishburne Midget
Tom Waits Benny
Chris Penn B.J. Jackson
Technical Credits
Francis Ford Coppola Director, Executive Producer, Producer, Screenwriter
Marjorie Bowers Costumes/Costume Designer
Stephen H. Burum Cinematographer
Doug Claybourne Producer
Stewart Copeland Score Composer
Gian-Carlo Coppola Associate Producer
S.E. Hinton Original Story, Screenwriter
Barry Malkin Editor
Fred Roos Producer
Michael Smuin Choreography
Dean Tavoularis Production Designer
David Valdes Asst. Director
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Matt Dillon so cute

    man Matt Dillon so cute as bad boy Rusty James who's a rebel and all the girls love him even i love him a movie that was made in black and white and Matt Dillon so sexy god i love him was there a book based on this movie? well the movie is probably way better

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A True Rumble

    Rumble Fish is my favorit book by S.E.Hinton, and my favorit movie by Francis Coppola. not only dose Rusty-James have fights on the outside, but he has a constint rumble inside him about how he try's to be like Motorcycle Boy, or other thing he sees going on in his life. so thats why this movie is a good Rumble for anyone.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I LOVE MATT DILLON

    Omg i love this movie i was watching tv and it cam on when it was over i had my mom go get it for me matt dillon is such a good actor and he is so hot i love him he is awsome and its so sad for his brother to die and it was awsome for them to pick diane lane for his girlfriend bc in the outsiders cherry had to hate dally so but she was so pretty!!!!!!!!!1

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Excellent

    Rumble Fish was a GREAT movie. I would even have to say it was a bit better than the movie adaption of The Outsiders. The whole black and white theme was real nice and the acting was perfect. I recommend this movie to everyone. Even if you haven't read the book, you'll enjoy the movie.

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