Rumble Fish

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Released 1983

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Director:
Francis Ford Coppola
Released:
1983
Rating:
R
Rumble Fish is a 1983 coming of age drama based on the classic S.E. Hinton novel. Directed by Francis Ford Coppola in moody black and white, the film follows teenager Rusty James (Matt Dillon) as he struggles to capture the same glory as his older brother, Motorcycle Boy (Mickey Rourke), in the gang turf wars of a dying industrial town. Rusty has no interest in school. His family life includes only a drunken father (Dennis Hopper) and an absent mother. Motorcycle Boy left town months ago for California and a fresh start, but before he left he declared all gang warfare over. Rusty breaks the truce when he goes after another local hoodlum, Biff Wilcox (Glenn Withrow). The fight brings Motorcycle Boy back to town, but rather than bringing back the good old days, Motorcycle Boy only adds to a sad and somber outlook. Rusty finds his life falling apart. His girlfriend, Patty (Diane Lane), and gang members leave him, and Rusty must look elsewhere for a new future.moreless

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  • 88

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    I thought Rumble Fish was offbeat, daring, and utterly original.

  • 60

    The New York Times Janet Maslin

    The stunning black-and-white cinematography in Francis Coppola's Rumble Fish functions rather like a cold compress, subduing a film that is otherwise all feverish extremes.

  • 60

    Variety

    Rumble Fish is another Francis Coppola picture that's overwrought and overthought with camera and characters that never quite come together in anything beyond consistently interest...

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