Rumble Fish

Rumble Fish

(1983)

Rusty James can't live up to his brother's reputation. His brother can't live it down.

Francis Ford Coppola co-writes and directs Matt Dillon and Mickey Rourke in this crime drama that serves as a companion piece to The Outsiders.... More

Rusty James (Dillon) is an absent-minded thug who struggles to live up to his legendary older brother's (Rourke) reputation, while longing for the days of gang warfare.Hide

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  • This is a movie you are likely to hate, unless you can love it for its crazy, feverish charm. Full Review

  • A bit too over-stylised to allow for any great involvement, the most interesting part of this is spotting the young actors before they became stars -- most notably nephew-of-the-director Nicolas Cage. Full Review

  • A number of the images in Rumble Fish are more memorable than the film is as a whole, sometimes for the wrong reasons. Full Review

  • If Rumble Fish fails as a traditional movie about real people, it is beguiling as an exercise in hallucinatory style. Full Review

  • Coppola's recent viewing seems to have been German silent films of the '20s, so he has decided to coat the whole enterprise in a startling Expressionist style, which is very arresting but hardly appropriate to the matter in hand. Full Review