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Rumble Fish -- 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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Writers:
S.E. Hinton (novel)
S.E. Hinton (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
21 October 1983 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
The Motorcycle Boy's Never Coming Back See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for Golden Globe. Another 2 wins & 1 nomination See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

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 (as Christopher Penn)

Laurence Fishburne ... Midget (as Larry Fishburne)

William Smith ... Patterson the Cop
Michael Higgins ... Mr. Harrigan

Glenn Withrow ... Biff Wilcox

Tom Waits ... Benny
Herb Rice ... Black Pool Player
Maybelle Wallace ... Late Pass Clerk
Nona Manning ... Patty's Mom

Sofia Coppola ... Donna (as Domino)
Gian-Carlo Coppola ... Cousin James (as Gio)

S.E. Hinton ... Hooker on Strip
Emmett Brown ... Mr. Dobson

Tracey Walter ... Alley Mugger #1
Lance Guecia ... Alley Mugger #2
Bob Maras ... Policeman
J.T. Turner ... Math Teacher
Keeva Clayton ... Lake Girl #1
Kirsten Hayden ... Lake Girl #2
Karen Parker ... Lake Girl #3
Sussannah Darcy ... Lake Girl #4
Kristi Somers ... Lake Girl #5
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Shannon Sukovaty ... Party Girl (uncredited)

Directed by
Francis Ford Coppola 
 
Writing credits
S.E. Hinton (novel "Rumble Fish")

S.E. Hinton (screenplay) &
Francis Ford Coppola (screenplay)

Produced by
Doug Claybourne .... producer
Francis Ford Coppola .... executive producer
Gian-Carlo Coppola .... associate producer
Roman Coppola .... associate producer
Fred Roos .... producer
 
Original Music by
Stewart Copeland 
 
Cinematography by
Stephen H. Burum 
 
Film Editing by
Barry Malkin 
 
Production Design by
Dean Tavoularis 
 
Set Decoration by
Mary Swanson 
 
Costume Design by
Marjorie Bowers  (as Marge Bowers)
 
Makeup Department
Jeff Kennemore .... makeup artist
Tim McNally .... makeup artist
Susan Mills .... hair stylist
Peter Tothpal .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Thomas M. Hammel .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Mark Radcliffe .... second assistant director
David Valdes .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Sue Belknap .... set dresser
Nick F. Caprarelli .... lead man (as Nick Caprarelli)
Carl Carlson .... set dressing coordinator
Roger Dietz .... set artist
Douglas .... property master
Kurt Ehlers .... construction foreman
Donald Elmblad .... set dresser (as Don Elmblad)
Dennis Gassner .... graphic designer
Robert C. Goldstein .... set designer (as Robert Goldstein)
Allan Kuhn .... property assistant
John O'Connell .... set painter
John J. Rutchland III .... construction foreman
John J. Rutchland Jr. .... construction coordinator (as John Rutchland)
Scott Clark .... sets and props (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
C.J. Appel .... sound editor
James Austin .... sound re-recording mixer
Richard Beggs .... sound designer
Richard Beggs .... sound re-recording mixer
Tom Bellfort .... assistant sound editor
Edward Beyer .... supervising sound editor
Allan Byer .... sound effects recordist
David Carroll .... adr system
Marissa De Guzman .... assistant sound editor
Doug Hemphill .... sound effects recordist
Michael Jacobi .... sound editor
Kevin Lee .... assistant sound editor
David Parker .... sound mixer
Mark Rathaus .... assistant sound editor
Maurice Schell .... sound editor
Leslie Shatz .... dialogue editor
Randy Thom .... production sound mixer
Randy Thom .... sound effects recordist
Randal A. Goya .... foley mixer (uncredited)
Maurice Schell .... foley artist (uncredited)
Mel Zelniker .... adr recordist (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Martin Bresin .... special effects
Dennis Dion .... special effects coordinator
David Marconi .... production supervisor: effects unit
Robert Spurlock .... special effects
 
Visual Effects by
Martin Bresin .... special visual effects (as Marty Bresin)
Bill Hansard Jr. .... process coordinator (as William Hansard Jr.)
Robert Spurlock .... special visual effects
 
Stunts
Tim A. Davison .... stunts (as Tim Davison)
Freddie Hice .... stunts
Billy Hank Hooker .... stunts (as Bill Hooker)
Buddy Joe Hooker .... stunt coordinator
Buddy Joe Hooker .... stunts
Dick Ziker .... stunts
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Jack Bauer .... grip
Ben Beaird .... dolly grip
Mat Beck .... computer camera operator: effects unit (as Matt Beck)
Dustin Blauvelt .... assistant camera
Bokhof .... camera operator
Emmett Brown .... key grip
John Englert .... best boy grip
Bill Fleming .... grip
Michael Franz .... lamp operator
Steven Hiller .... second assistant camera
Greg Langham .... lamp operator
Michael Laws .... lamp operator
Brian Lee .... video engineer: Electronic Cinema
Larry Lydia .... dolly grip
George Mooradian .... assistant camera: effects unit
Robert Primes .... director of photography: effects unit
Alex Skvorzov .... best boy electric
Louis Tobin .... gaffer (as Lou Tobin)
Ken Wheeland .... grip: effects unit
James Zenk .... still photographer
Steve Crain .... lighting technician (uncredited)
Rick Fee .... assistant camera (uncredited)
J. Randolph Harrison .... assistant camera (uncredited)
David A. Smith .... video assist operator (uncredited)
Buddy Wilson .... electrician (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
John Robert Askew .... extras casting
Jeff Block .... extras casting
Janet Hirshenson .... casting: Zoetrope studio
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Kathleen Gore-Misko .... costume supervisor: women (as Kathleen L. Gore)
Ernest Misko .... costume supervisor
 
Editorial Department
John David Coles .... apprentice editor
Dorian Harris .... first assistant editor
Louise Rubacky .... apprentice editor
Isabella Wood .... apprentice editor
J. Kathleen Gibson .... apprentice editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Robert Randles .... music editor
Jeff Seitz .... musician (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Joseph W. Hunt .... transportation coordinator
William Jakubecy .... transportation captain
 
Other crew
Mitchell Amundsen .... technician: Electronic Cinema (as C. Mitchell Amundsen)
Jean A. Autrey .... production auditor
Aleta Chappelle .... production aide (as Aleta Wood-Chappelle)
Corky Coble .... projectionist
Linda Coyle .... first aid
Loolee DeLeon .... secretary: Mr. Coppola
Tony Dingman .... talent liaison
Teri Fettis-D'Ovidio .... production coordinator (as Teri Fettis)
Richard Fitzgerald .... craft service
Frank Gardner .... location caterer
Cathy Mickel Gibson .... assistant to auditors (as Cathy Gibson)
Jean Gonzales .... teacher
Bill Groves .... production aide
Nancy Haigh .... production aide
Valerie Hoffman .... press liaison
Maureen Hogan .... production aide
Mark Johnson .... physical advisor
Sandy King .... script supervisor
Michelle Komriz .... location caterer
Murdo Laird .... systems engineer: Electronic Cinema
Douglas T. Madison .... production aide (as Doug Madison Jr.)
Lillian Michelson .... researcher
Anahid Nazarian .... systems librarian
Ed Sienkaniec .... location catering
David A. Smith .... technician: electronic cinema
Michael Smuin .... special choreography
Dana Spiotta .... student observer
Sara Ström .... secretary to Mr. Coppola
Daniel R. Suhart .... dialogue coach (as Dan Suhart)
Judy Thomason .... office coordinator: Los Angeles
Paul Tompkins .... location manager (as Paul Tompkins)
Charles Ursitti .... pool advisor
Beverly Walker .... public relations consultant
Laurel Walter .... assistant to producers
Ralph S. Winger .... effects man
Kurt Woolner .... film finance representative
Jill Simpson .... production assistant (uncredited)
 
Thanks
August Coppola .... dedicatee
 
Crew verified as complete


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94 min
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Trivia:
Cameo: [S.E. Hinton]a prostitute.See more »
Goofs:
Audio/visual unsynchronized: In the arcade, Rusty James is playing the video game "Pole Position", but the sound effects are from the game, "Pac Man".See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Midget:Biff Wilcox is looking for you, Rusty James. He's gonna kill you, Rusty James.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Dream Studio (2004) (V)See more »
Soundtrack:
Don't Box Me InSee more »

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79 out of 87 people found the following review useful.
A forgotten classic, 14 July 2004
Author: (oshram@aol.com) from Cleveland

Like most who saw this film, I would guess, I was exposed to it in college, and I have to admit much of it went past me at the time. I liked the stark and unusual visuals, and I liked most of the story, but I'd be lying if I said I understood everything that was going on. Not that 'Rumble Fish' is particularly deep, just that in college I wasn't. Viewing the movie with a more mature mind now, I appreciated it much more than I did when I was nineteen.

Based on the S.E. Hinton novel (Coppola also translated 'The Outsiders', which remains remarkable even today for its amazing cast), 'Rumble Fish' follows the story of one Rusty James (Matt Dillon, in full bad-boy mode) stuck in the middle of nowhere (Tulsa, actually), dissatisfied with his life but not really bright enough to know why. His older brother, the Motorcycle Boy (Mickey Rourke, long before he became a punchline), wheels back into town from a long sojourn, and what there is of a plot begins.

Much of this movie is atmosphere, which normally irritates me but for some reason works incredibly well here. The black and white film is actually part of the story, which is in itself unusual, but it complements the storytelling and actually adds depth to the film. Though we see eighties-era cars, some of the movie has an almost fifties-feel to it, and like Rusty James, the viewer is never sure when, or where, he is. The bleak setting of Tulsa only reinforces the sense of both isolation and containment, which is the central theme of the film.

Dillon is very strong here. His seething anger can never really find a way to express itself adequately, and Dillon spends the whole film out of sorts in his own skin, giving a remarkable performance. Diane Lane, whom I suspect was hired for her stunningly good looks, has a smaller role but is very effective as the put-upon Patty. Most of the rest of the young cast – unknowns or relatives or friends of the director at that point in time (Nicolas Cage, Chris Penn, Lawrence Fishburne, Tom Waits, even a very-young Sophia Coppola) are all very, very good. Waits and Fishburne have tiny roles but large presences on screen, and they stick in the viewer's mind even when they aren't there. Dennis Hopper is unusually relaxed and natural as Rusty James' dad (called only Father); sometimes Hopper can get gimmicky or artificial with his acting, but here he is subtle and wholly effective as a drunken shell of a man.

But the standout performance is really Mickey Rourke, reminding us that before he pissed his career away on crappy low-budget films with the likes of Don Johnson, he was actually a decent actor. Rourke imbues the Motorcycle Boy with a wholly different restlessness than Dillon's Rusty, and makes him both compelling and sympathetic. Honestly it helps that Rourke has some of the best lines in the film, most notably one of my favorite quotes from any film: 'You want to lead people, you have to have some place to take 'em.' Motorcycle Boy is also something of a transitional hero, knowing he is damned to live, and die, in this hellish world but making sure the path to redemption (and escape) is secured for his follower (he even says of Rusty, 'His only vice is loyalty.')

'Rumble Fish' is mostly an artsy character piece, the type of film that normally does not appeal to me, but Coppola displays such skill with the material and is so willing to subvert the very conventions of his film so that they further serve the characters and their development that the movie works, and works very well. Though the color tricks betray themselves rather badly on DVD (we were never meant to see this movie this clearly), the film still carries an enormous punch on the small screen as it did on the large. A bleak film that nonetheless carries within a message of hope, that one can escape the cages of one's surroundings if one tries hard enough.

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