RUMBLE FISH (1983)
Rumble Fish (1983)
Rusty James can’t live up to his brother’s reputation. His brother can’t live it down.
Francis Ford Coppola
Doug Claybourne – producer
Francis Ford Coppola – executive producer
S.E. Hinton (novel ‘Rumble Fish’)
S.E. Hinton (screenplay)
Francis Ford Coppola (screenplay)
Shot in black and white in the sweltering and poor streets of an underground New York, the moody atmospheric Rumblefish reveals the life of young Rusty James (Matt Dillon), a street thug and leader of a gang, and his struggles to live up to the legend of his older brother – The Motorcycle Boy.
Living in a grim apartment with his alcohlic father, the grimy surroundings of Rusty James’ life are covered over with a layer of rebellious sweat, the small triumphs of gang fighting, a disgruntled but smitten girlfriend, a tight bond with a brother that he hero worships and the friendships that endure through the heat of the street, including with Smokey (Nicolas Cage).
As the film unfolds, the cracks begin to appear in the glue that holds the haphazard life of Rusty James together, somehow lacking in the street savvy of his cool cat brother and unable to gauge where to draw the line, he finds himself in life threatening dangerous situations and bit by bit begins to lose the people that elevate him out of the heavy shadows looming over him. The final events of the movie will change his life forever.
‘Rumblefish’ refers to the Japanese fighting fish that symbolize the rumbles between the street gangs in the movie.
The violent gang fight scene in the movie is paradoxically artistically choreographed, Francis Ford Coppola hired the Co-director of the San Fransico Ballet to stage it.
Author S.E. Hinton appears as a prostitute and Sofia Coppola as ‘Donna’ in the movie.
Stuart Copeland from The Police wrote and performed the distinctive soundtrack.
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