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Rumble Fish ()


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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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  • Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 3 wins & 1 nomination.
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Rusty James
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The Motorcycle Boy
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Patty
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Father
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Cassandra
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Steve
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Smokey
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B.J. Jackson (as Christopher Penn)
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Midget (as Larry Fishburne)
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Patterson the Cop
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Mr. Harrigan
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Biff Wilcox
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Benny
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Black Pool Player
Maybelle Wallace ...
Late Pass Clerk
Nona Manning ...
Patty's Mom
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Patty's Sister (as Domino)
Gian-Carlo Coppola ...
Cousin James (as Gio)
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Hooker on Strip
Emmett Brown ...
Mr. Dobson
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Alley Mugger
Lance Guecia ...
Alley Mugger
Bob Maras ...
Policeman
J.T. Turner ...
Math Teacher
Keeva Clayton ...
Lake Girl
Kirsten Hayden ...
Lake Girl
Karen Parker ...
Lake Girl
Sussannah Darcy ...
Lake Girl
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Lake Girl
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Shannon Sukovaty ...
Party Girl (uncredited)

Directed by

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Francis Ford Coppola

Written by

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S.E. Hinton ... (novel "Rumble Fish")
 
S.E. Hinton ... (screenplay) &
Francis Ford Coppola ... (screenplay)

Produced by

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Doug Claybourne ... producer
Francis Ford Coppola ... executive producer (as Francis Coppola)
Gian-Carlo Coppola ... associate producer
Roman Coppola ... associate producer
Fred Roos ... producer

Music by

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Stewart Copeland

Cinematography by

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Stephen H. Burum ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Barry Malkin

Editorial Department

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John David Coles ... apprentice editor
Dorian Harris ... first assistant editor
Louise Rubacky ... apprentice editor
Isabella Wood ... apprentice editor
J. Kathleen Gibson ... apprentice editor (uncredited)

Production Design by

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Dean Tavoularis

Set Decoration by

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Sue Bea Montgomery ... set decorator
Mary Swanson

Costume Design by

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Marjorie Bowers ... (as Marge Bowers)

Makeup Department

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Jeff Kennemore ... makeup artist
Tim McNally ... makeup artist
Susan Mills ... hair stylist
Peter Tothpal ... hair stylist

Production Management

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Thomas M. Hammel ... unit production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Mark Radcliffe ... second assistant director
David Valdes ... first assistant director

Art Department

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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

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C.J. Appel ... sound editor
James Austin ... re-recording mixer: at Zoetrope Studios
Richard Beggs ... re-recording mixer: at Zoetrope Studios / sound designer
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 ... sound effects recordist / sound recordist
Randal A. Goya ... foley mixer (uncredited)
Maurice Schell ... foley artist (uncredited)
Kent Sparling ... sound remastering: Saul Zaentz (uncredited)
Randy Thom ... production sound mixer (uncredited)
Mel Zelniker ... adr recordist (uncredited)

Special Effects by

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Martin Bresin ... special effects
Dennis Dion ... special effects coordinator
David Marconi ... production supervisor: effects unit
Robert Spurlock ... special effects

Visual Effects by

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Martin Bresin ... special visual effects (as Marty Bresin)
Bill Hansard Jr. ... process coordinator (as William Hansard Jr.)
Robert Spurlock ... special visual effects

Stunts

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Tim A. Davison ... stunts (as Tim Davison)
Freddie Hice ... stunts
Billy Hank Hooker ... stunts (as Bill Hooker)
Buddy Joe Hooker ... stunt coordinator / stunts
Dick Ziker ... stunts

Camera and Electrical Department

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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

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John Robert Askew ... extras casting
Jeff Block ... extras casting
Janet Hirshenson ... casting: Zoetrope studio

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Kathleen Gore-Misko ... costume supervisor: women (as Kathleen L. Gore)
Ernest Misko ... costume supervisor

Location Management

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Frank Gardner ... location caterer
Michelle Komriz ... location caterer
Ed Sienkaniec ... location catering
Paul Tompkins ... location manager (as Paul Tompkins)

Music Department

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Robert Randles ... music editor
Jeff Seitz ... musician (uncredited)

Transportation Department

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Joseph W. Hunt ... transportation coordinator
William Jakubecy ... transportation captain

Other crew

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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
Francis Ford Coppola ... presenter
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
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
Murdo Laird ... systems engineer: Electronic Cinema
Douglas T. Madison ... production aide (as Doug Madison Jr.)
Lillian Michelson ... researcher
Cathy Mickel Gibson ... assistant to auditors (as Cathy Gibson)
Anahid Nazarian ... systems librarian
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
Charles Ursitti ... pool advisor
Beverly Walker ... public relations consultant
Laurel Walter ... assistant to producers
Ralph S. Winger ... effects man
Kurt Woolner ... film finance representative
Rick Askew ... stand in: Matt Dillon (uncredited)
Jill Simpson ... production assistant (uncredited)

Thanks

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August Coppola ... dedicatee
Marian Wilde ... special thanks
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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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

Plot Keywords
Taglines The Motorcycle Boy's Never Coming Back See more »
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Also Known As
  • Rusty James (France)
  • La ley de la calle (Spain)
  • La ley de la calle (Uruguay)
  • Kovine zuvele (Lithuania)
  • Rablóhal (Hungary)
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Runtime
  • 94 min
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Box Office

Budget $10,000,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend United States $18,985, 10 Oct 1983

Did You Know?

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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 In the arcade, Rusty James is playing the video game "Pole Position", but the sound effects are from the game, "Pac Man". See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Colorizing: Hollywood's New Vandalism (1986). See more »
Soundtracks Don't Box Me In See more »
Quotes Father: No, your mother... is not crazy. And neither, contrary to popular belief, is your brother crazy. He's merely miscast in a play. He was born in the wrong era, on the wrong side of the river... With the ability to be able to do anything that he wants to do and... findin' nothin' that he wants to do. I mean nothing.
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