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The second of Francis Ford Coppola's films based on the popular juvenile novels of S.E. Hinton (the first being The Outsiders), Rumble Fish split critics into opposite camps: those who admired the film for its heavily stylized indulgence, and those who hated it for the very same reason. Whatever the response, it's clearly the work of a maverick director who isn't afraid to push the limits of his innovative talent. Filmed almost entirely in black and white with an occasional dash of color for symbolic effect, this tale of alienated youth centers on gang leader Rusty James (Matt Dillon) and his band of punk pals. Rusty's got a girlfriend (Diane Lane), an older brother named Motorcycle Boy (Mickey Rourke), and a drunken father (Dennis Hopper) who've all given up trying to straighten him out. He's best at making trouble, and he pursues that skill with an enthusiastic flair that eventually catches up with him. But it's not the whacked-out story here that matters--it's the uninhibited verve of Coppola's visual approach, which includes everything from time-lapse clouds to the kind of smoky streets and alleyways that could only exist in the movies. The supporting cast includes a host of fresh faces who went on to thriving careers, including Nicolas Cage, Christopher Penn, Vincent Spano, Laurence Fishburne, and musician Tom Waits. --Jeff Shannon

DVD Features

  • Interactive Menus
  • Production Notes
  • Trailer
  • Talent Bios
  • Film Highlights

Cast

Matt DillonRusty James
Mickey RourkeThe Motorcycle Boy
Diane LanePatty
Dennis HopperFather
Diana ScarwidCassandra
Vincent SpanoSteve
Nicolas CageSmokey
Chris PennB.J. Jackson
Laurence FishburneMidget
William SmithPatterson the Cop
Michael HigginsMr. Harrigan
Glenn WithrowBiff Wilcox
Tom WaitsBenny
Sofia CoppolaDonna

  • Genre: Drama Movies
  • Director: Francis Ford Coppola
  • Producer: Universal
  • Length: 94 min
  • Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaOct 21, 1983
    AustraliaOct 25, 1984
  • Ratings
    North AmericaR
    Europe18
    AustraliaM
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaMay 27, 2003
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