Rumble Fish

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In this deeply personal tale of estrangement and reconciliation between two rebellious brothers, set in a dreamlike and timeless Tulsa, Francis Ford Coppola gives mythic dimensions to intimate, painful emotions. The director’s “art film for teenagers”... read more
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In this deeply personal tale of estrangement and reconciliation between two rebellious brothers, set in a dreamlike and timeless Tulsa, Francis Ford Coppola gives mythic dimensions to intimate, painful emotions. The director’s “art film for teenagers” was his second adaptation of young-adult novelist S. E. Hinton’s work in a single year, after the more classically styled The Outsiders. Graced with a remarkable cast headed by Matt Dillon, Mickey Rourke, and Diane Lane; haunting black-and-white visuals that hark back to German expressionism and forward to Coppola’s own Tetro; and a powerful percussive score by Stewart Copeland that underlines the movie’s romantic fatalism, Rumble Fish pulsates throughout with genuine love and dread.

Original Release

10/20/1983

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Cast

Matt Dillon Rusty James
Mickey Rourke The Motorcycle Boy
Diane Lane Patty
Dennis Hopper Father
Diana Scarwid Cassandra
Vincent Spano Steve
Nicolas Cage Smokey
Chris Penn B.J. Jackson
Laurence Fishburne Midget (as Larry Fishburne)
Michael Higgins Mr. Harrigan
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

Francis Ford Coppola

Writers

Francis Ford Coppola, S.E. Hinton

Cast

Matt Dillon Rusty James
Mickey Rourke The Motorcycle Boy
Diane Lane Patty
Dennis Hopper Father
Diana Scarwid Cassandra
Vincent Spano Steve
Nicolas Cage Smokey
Chris Penn B.J. Jackson
Laurence Fishburne Midget (as Larry Fishburne)
Michael Higgins Mr. Harrigan
Glenn Withrow Biff Wilcox
Tom Waits Benny
Sofia Coppola Patty's Sister (as Domino)
S.E. Hinton Hooker on Strip
William Smith Patterson the Cop
Tracey Walter Alley Mugger
Herb Rice Black Pool Player
Nona Manning Patty's Mom
Gian-Carlo Coppola Cousin James (as Gio)
Emmett Brown Mr. Dobson

Producers

Editors

Barry Malkin

1984 Golden Globe Best Original Score - Motion Picture Nominated
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