Directed by Francis Ford Coppola | USA | 1983 | Color | 94 minutes |
Return to monochromatic Tulsa, OK as we continue our Francis Ford Coppola retrospective with his 1983 classic Rumble Fish.
Shot back-to-back with The Outsiders – also based on a novel by S.E. Hinton – and released just seven months after, Rumble Fish stars Matt Dillon as Rusty James (Matt Dillon), a teenage hoodlum who yearns for an earlier time of neighborhood gangs and rumbles which has all but disappeared after his brother, a revered gang leader known as the Motorcycle Boy (Mickey Rourke), abolished gang warfare and disappeared. After Rusty James breaks the treaty and gets into a gang fight, his brother reemerges, setting in motion a life-altering series of events.
Shot in black-and-white and with a decidedly avant-garde lens, Rumble Fish finds Coppola exploring similar themes of violence and adolescence as he did in The Outsiders. Graced with a remarkable supporting cast including Diane Lane, Dennis Hopper, Nicolas Cage, Chris Penn, and Tom Waits, and a powerful percussive score by Stewart Copeland, Rumble Fish is a beguiling exercise in haunting, hallucinatory style.
“Rumble Fish was fascinatingly adolescent, at a time when American cinema was embracing adolescence at its most inane ” — Danny Leigh, The Guardian
“I thought “Rumble Fish” was offbeat, daring, and utterly original. Who but Coppola could make this film? And, of course, who but Coppola would want to? “ — Roger Ebert, Chicago-Sun Times
“IfRumble Fish fails as a traditional movie about real people, it is beguiling as an exercise in hallucinatory style.” — Richard Corliss, Time Magazine