Rumble Fish Special Edition

Directed By: Francis Ford Coppola Starring: Matt Dillon

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An absent minded street hood named rusty james tries to be like his legendary older brother, and ruins his life in the process.


Studio Universal
SKU 40718141
UPC 025192675225
UPC 14 00025192675225
Format DVD
Release Date 9/1/2015
Rating Rating
Family Interaction
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note Francis Ford Coppola directed this beautiful black-and-white version of S.E. Hinton's popular youth novel. RUMBLE FISH explores the relationship between a young street thug, Rusty James (Matt Dillon), and his older brother, the legendary Motorcycle Boy (Mickey Rourke). When Motorcycle Boy comes back to town, he finds Rusty James trying to imitate his former gang leader ways and their father (Dennis Hopper) trying to drink away a troubled past. The only color images in the film are the shots of the Siamese fighting fish that the color-blind Motorcycle Boy admires.
Plot Summary
Summary Francis Ford Coppola directs this stunning adaptation of the S.E. Hinton novel about coming of age in urban Oklahoma. Rusty James (Matt Dillon) is a troubled juvenile delinquent trying to live up to the legendary reputation of his older brother, Motorcycle Boy (Mickey Rourke). One night, while Rusty James and his friends Smokey (Nicolas Cage), Steve (Vincent Spano), and B.J. (Christopher Penn) are involved in a rumble, Motorcycle Boy returns home from California after a two-month absence. Rusty James gets stabbed and Motorcycle Boy saves him, but their alcoholic father (Dennis Hopper) is oblivious to the brothers' lives and only Rusty James's girlfriend, Patty (Diane Lane), seems to care about him. After Motorcycle Boy reveals some family secrets about their mother, both brothers become determined to escape their lives or die trying. The film is shot in black and white except for the shots of the rumble fish--colorful Siamese fighting fish--that provoke Motorcycle Boy into desperate actions. Drummer Stewart Copeland (formerly of the rock group the Police) composed the film's score.
Sight and Sound "...[The] film achieves the status of monochrome dream-poem almost effortlessly..." 03/01/1984 p.152-3
Variety "...Beautifully photographed in black and white....Nicolas Cage is a strong presence..." 10/12/1983
USA Today "...It's a kick to watch so many actors who are still with us posturing in a movie this self-consciously stylized..." 06/24/1994 p.3D
Total Film 3 stars out of 5 -- "[With] moody monochrome visuals, Police man Stewart Copeland's sparse, percussive score and blatant riffs on THE WILD ONE." 10/01/2007 p.132
Uncut 4 stars out of 5 -- "[I]nformed by the director's upbringing....[The film] played like an homage to a 1950s teen movie." 10/01/2007 132
Empire 4 stars out of 5 -- "As an atmospheric expression of existential male anxiety, it's got a lot going for it and leaves quite an impression." 09/01/2007 p.160
Ultimate DVD 3 stars out of 5 -- "[E]njoyable for the young cast. We're talking Matt Dillon, Nicolas Cage, Mickey Rourke and more. Interesting." 10/01/2007 p.121
Francis Ford Coppola
Matt Dillon
Cast & Crew
Chris Penn - Star
Mickey Rourke - Star
Tom Waits - Star
Matt Dillon - Star
Tracey Walter - Star
Dennis Hopper - Star
Laurence Fishburne - Star
Diane Lane - Star
Stephen H. Burum - Director of Photography
Stewart Copeland - Composer
Dean Tavoularis - Production Designer
S. E. Hinton - Source Writer
Francis Ford Coppola - Screenwriter
Doug Claybourne - Producer
Fred Roos - Producer
Francis Ford Coppola - Director
Technical Info
Catalog ID 26752
UPC 00025192675225
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 95 minutes
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English, French Dubbed, Spanish Dubbed
DVD, Dolby, Dolby Digital (5.1), English, Spanish, French
Product Attributes
Actor Dillon,Matt
Label Mca Home Video
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD

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