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Rumblefish (1983)

In the second of Francis Ford Coppola’s youth problem pictures adapted from SE Hinton’s popular novels, Matt Dillon stars as a vulnerable teenager who idolises his elder brother, Mickey Rourke, a former gang leader.

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Unlike Coppola’s more conventional The Outsiders (1983), this alienated teen allegory finds him pulling out all the stylistic stops.

The drama is extremely mannered and the symbolism is a touch overdone, but it’s a visually startling knockout, brilliantly filmed in moody black and white with some dashes of colour.

The Outsiders and Rumble Fish were shot back-to-back in Tulsa. Stewart Copeland (of The Police) composed the brooding score.

Rusty-James
Matt Dillon
Motorcycle Boy
Mickey Rourke
Patty
Diane Lane
Father
Dennis Hopper
Cassandra
Diana Scarwid
Steve
Vincent Spano
Smokey
Nicolas Cage
B J Jackson
Chris Penn
Midget
Laurence Fishburne
Patterson
William Smith
Biff Wilcox
Glenn Withrow
Benny
Tom Waits

Director
Francis Ford Coppola