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Rumble Fish (1983)

R  |   |  Drama  |  21 October 1983 (USA)
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Rusty James, an absent-minded street thug struggles to live up to his legendary older brother's reputation, and longs for the days when gang warfare was going on.

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Storyline

Rusty James is the leader of a small, dying gang in an industrial town. He lives in the shadow of the memory of his absent, older brother -- The Motorcycle Boy. His mother has left, his father drinks, school has no meaning for him and his relationships are shallow. He is drawn into one more gang fight and the events that follow begin to change his life. Written by Bruce Janson <bruce@cs.su.oz.au>

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No leader can survive becoming a legend. See more »

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21 October 1983 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La ley de la calle  »

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Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$2,500,000 (USA)
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The only adaption of an S.E. Hinton novel not to feature Emilio Estevez. See more »

Goofs

In the scene where Rusty James asks Benny how do you know if someone is crazy (set in Benny's Billiards), on the table you can see a modern-style Dr. Pepper can with a "stay-tab" opener. Since the book and film are set in the '50s or '60s, that type of can would not exist yet. In this era, sodas had the pull-tab style of opener. See more »

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Midget: Biff Wilcox is looking for you, Rusty James. He's gonna kill you, Rusty James.
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Performed by Stewart Copeland and Stan Ridgway
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I thought I was the only one who loved this movie
4 September 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I was surprised about how many people wrote good reviews about this movie.I thought I was the only only one who appreciated the artistic value of Rumble Fish.It's my favorite movie and it finally got the special edition DVD it deserves.Most people don't get the deeper meaning of the film because nowadays people don't wanna think too hard watching a movie.It's a piece of art just as much as it is entertainment.You can get lost in the film for the visual and musical boundaries it pushes.I've watched it a thousand times and I never lost my appreciation for it's beauty.It's groundbreaking and a masterpiece in film making.


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