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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)
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Release Date:
21 October 1983 (USA) See more »
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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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A Long Lost Hit From Francis Ford Coppola See more (110 total) »

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)
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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 sound technicians on the film had a hard time hearing Mickey Rourke's dialogue on set, often asking him to speak louder. As a result, the sound crew referred to the production as "Mumble Fish".See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: Camera shadow visible on Rusty-James' torso after The Motorcycle Boy has shown him the photograph of himself in the magazine.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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22 out of 35 people found the following review useful.
A Long Lost Hit From Francis Ford Coppola, 10 August 2005
Author: Michael Margetis (pmargetis@cox.net) from United States

After hearing such rave reviews, I really was excited to see Francis Ford Coppola's indie classic 'Rumble Fish'. The film was shot in black and white and it had an expansive cast of talented actors including Matt Dillon, Mickey Rourke, Dennis Hopper, Diane Lane, Laurence Fishburne, Tom Waits and Nicolas Cage. I enjoyed Francis Ford Coppola's other films like Apocalypse Now and of course The Godfather Parts I, II & III. From what I heard it was filmed kind of like this year's smash hit 'Sin City' ('Rumble Fish' was black & white but with dashes of color) only on a smaller scale. I rented this indie sensation when I was on vacation because they had it in the hotel video store. I couldn't find it in the Blockbusters in Arizona (where I live) and my portable DVD player was acting up so I couldn't view the DVDs I brought a long with me for the trip. It may have been just fate that I got the opportunity to view Coppola's 'Rumble Fish', definitely one of the most, if not the most inventive motion pictures I ever gazed my eyes upon.

The film is set in a 1950s - 1970s setting. With it's black & white color and just the way the film is presented it gives the audience a feel of the old 1930s James Cagney crime noir flicks. It follows a young and dumb hoodlum named Rusty James (Matt Dillon), whose the leader of one of the two gangs in town. After a huge rumble played out like a West Side Story scene from hell, Rusty is left hurt real bad when the opposing gang leader stabbed him in the gut with a switchblade. Coming to Rusty James' rescue is his older brother, The Motorcycle Boy (Mickey Rourke) who hasn't shown his face in town for a year after disappearing to California. The Motorcycle Boy helps his younger brother out, and eventually starts to hang around the neighborhood more. From there, the plot follows the two re-united brothers as they hang around the streets and cause trouble, while the Motorcycle Boy tries to teach his less then intelligent brother the meaning of life. Dennis Hopper stars as Rusty James and the Motorcyle Boy's dad, Diane Lane stars as Rusty James' sweet friend, Tom Waits stars as the grill master in the town's diner, and Chris Penn, Laurence Fishburne and a young Nicolas Cage are featured as some of Rusty James' gang buddies.

First of all, I adored the way 'Rumble Fish' was shot. With his extraordinary talent, director Francis Ford Coppola really creates a thing of beauty and opulence with 'Rumble Fish'. The only real downside of this picture is that the plot drags entirely too much, and that's pretty bad for a film running only 90 minutes. The writing is mostly good, but 'Rumble Fish' seems to be missing a real plot. The film substitutes hypnotic cinematography and cool scenery for an easy-to-follow plot, which in my opinion is a big mistake. Although this kind of bugs me, 'Rumble Fish' is a good film for the most part. The acting is superb with a engrossing and passionate performance by a very young Matt Dillon and a powerful and carefully layered performance by Mickey Rourke who in my opinion should have gotten an Oscar nod for Best Supporting Actor. Diane Lane is very good in one of her first roles, Dennis Hopper plays the alcoholic clueless dad perfectly and Tom Waits is a pleasure to watch. Nicolas Cage and Laurence Fishburne are also rock solid. If you want to see a film that's really out there and full of likable qualities, I'd recommend picking up 'Rumble Fish' your next stop to the video store. Chances are you'll find something or somethings to love about it. Grade: B

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