RUMBLE FISH (1983)
A FILM BY FRANCIS FORD COPPOLA.
CAST: Matt Dillon, Mickey Rourke, Diane Lane.
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.
Francis Ford Coppola, who made “Rumble Fish,” calls it an “art film for teenagers.”And he is right.
The teenagers in the movie inhabit an unnamed big American city, perhaps in the 1950s. They’re clones from “Blackboard Jungle” and all the punk gang images in dozens of other films. Their hero is Rusty James (Matt Dillon), a young, handsome, doomed gang leader. His hero is his older brother, Motorcycle Boy (Mickey Rourke), who has just returned from California to teach Rusty James some of the sad lessons of life.
Rumble fish Is daring offbeat and has style. Nice one by Coppola.