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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 3 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:
The name Rusty James is said at least 50 times in the movie. That is approximately once every two minutes.See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: 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 »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Midget:Biff Wilcox is looking for you, Rusty James. He's gonna kill you, Rusty James.
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Soundtrack:
Don't Box Me InSee more »

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How much sex, violence, and profanity are in this movie?
Why is this film in black and white?
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18 out of 27 people found the following review useful.
Three slices of the same film, 10 December 1999
Author: The_Movie_Cat from England

Television rarely provides film certificates as a guide, and so I must confess to having first seen Rumble Fish when I was considerably younger than its "18" certificate. Crowbarred into the middle of a season of 50s biker movies, I mistakenly BELIEVED this black and white film to have been made during that era. Innate stupidity and unfamiliarity with cinema at that time meant I failed to recognise such contemporary actors as Matt Dillon, Mickey Rourke and Nicolas Cage. To this end I came to the conclusion that with its earthy language, slight sexual content and violence, Rumble Fish was a movie way ahead of its time. Its parting rhetoric, really just a flimsy song by an ex-member of The Police, seemed to wrap the whole thing up and imbue it with meaning.

Around eight years later it received a video release in England, and I bought it the first day it came out. Maybe it was the feeling of idiocy on my part that made me hate it second time around. The film showed the divide between BEING a 50s gang movie and pretentiously PRETENDING to be a 50s gang movie. Worst still, the philosophical musings over time and the nature of insanity made it wholly indulgent, while the authentically retro dialogue sounded self-conscious coming from 1983. This might be directed by the same man that gave us The Godfather, but that is also the same man who gave us Bram Stoker's Dracula.

So to consolidate these two vastly differing viewpoints I decided to give Rumble Fish a third viewing. While it still contains more naivety than meaningful insight, it is outstanding in the field of cinematography. Direction, while showy, is virtually flawless, each scene taken from the point of view of distant shadows, causing an air of unsettled menace throughout. Writing is generally high, though a little clumsy, while acting (backed up by Dennis Hopper) cannot be faulted. Rourke is every inch the cool, ubiquitously-admired Motorcyle Boy, while the rolling clouds and clockface imagery leave a perfect spin on the film.

Of course, on the latest viewing, further elements come to light; it is never stated, nor even particularly implied, that the film is set in the fifties. Its noir leanings are an echo of The Motorcycle Boy's colour blindness, as is (presumably) the awful sound quality supposed to represent his slight deafness. Or maybe I just bought a bad tape. These may seem like fairly self-explanatory observations, and go without saying, but locked within the mindset of a pubescent youth were all these misconceptions. All of which goes to prove how a film can be many things and of many merits, depending on the circumstances of viewing, and who is watching it... even if that "who" turns out to be the same person.

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