Rumble Fish

Rumble Fish

DVD - 1998
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Matt Dillon and Mickey Rourke star as two brothers whose desire to break out of their urban trap eventually leads to death for one and a new beginning for the other.
Publisher: Universal City, CA : Universal Home Video, c1998
Edition: Widescreen
ISBN: 9780783228471
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (94 min.) : sd., b&w, col. sequences, stereo. ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 booklet (4 p. ; 19 cm) in container


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Jun 10, 2019

Francis Ford Coppola is the Hollywood director that one goes to if one wants a pretentious solution to a trivial conundrum. For example, look at his most famous film "Apocalypse Now". What other director could you find that would be so easy to parody? Take a look at "Porklips Now" on You Tube and see for yourself that the parody is infinitely better than the original.

Now, look at "Rumble Fish". Is it not a pretentious remake of the infantile TV show "Happy Days"? Or, did Coppola watch the Warhol/Morrissey items "Heat" and "Trash" and decide that he could do a "straight" version with Matt Dillon standing in for Joe Dallesandro?

Note that Dennis Hopper never developed his screen persona until "Blue Velvet" which appeared 3 years after this thing.

Jul 22, 2017

In Francis Ford Coppola’s paean to juvenile delinquency downtown Tulsa is transformed into a working class purgatory with banks of inexplicable smoke blowing down every street and exaggerated shadows splashed on every wall. Based on S. E. Hinton’s novel, it concerns the plight of teenaged Rusty James (Matt Dillon tripping over James Dean’s footsteps), a sweet-faced, somewhat vacuous punk pining away for the good old days of mindless gang violence while he wastes his youth downing chocolate milk at the local soda shop and groping his virginal girlfriend. But when his older brother “Motorcycle Boy” (Mickey Rourke substituting blank gazes for emotional depths) breezes back into town Rusty’s own raison d’être is turned upside down causing an already established downward spiral to get even steeper. Filmed in dreary shades of B&W, the only flashes of colour coming from the eponymous fish of the title and a brief yet crucial glass reflection, Coppola seems influenced by both Robert Wiene’s expressionism and David Lynch’s elaborate affectations. Clouds speed by overhead, clocks loom in every corner, and midnight revelries come to resemble Dantean bacchanals while lopsided camera angles manage to keep us off balance. But to what purpose? There are certainly a few clever tricks up Coppola’s sleeve such as the B&W cinematography alluding to Motorcycle Boy’s colour blindness—his inability to distinguish one hue from another having definite moral and perhaps psychiatric implications. However it seems like a whole lot of smoke and mirrors to tell a simple tale and a host of wooden performances delivering a hackneyed script make it a rather uninteresting one at that. Nice early cameos from the likes of Diane Lane, Nicolas Cage, and Vincent Spano though, and it all looks wonderful on the big screen.

Apr 26, 2015

Notes: "rumbles" are gang fights; "rumble fish" as Siamese fighting fish. Another offbeat film by Coppola as Tetro (2009), also about two brothers sharing their past.

Sep 07, 2014

A really stylized take from F.F.C. on S.E. Hinton's teen angst ridden story. Percussionist extraordinaire Stewart Copeland's (drummer foe "The Police") score was very unusual, in a good way. Great cast of well knowns in their younger days.

Mar 26, 2012

Good film if you are into greasers, and it kinda has nudity in it and so it should be rated 14+.


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Nov 20, 2014

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Apr 26, 2015

Tons of quotes from IMDb:
Father: No, your mother... is not crazy. And neither, contrary to popular belief, is your brother crazy. He's merely miscast in a play. He was born in the wrong era, on the wrong side of the river... With the ability to be able to do anything that he wants to do and... findin' nothin' that he wants to do. I mean nothing.

Cop: You're crazy. You're really crazy. And, you know, I've known all about it all along.
The Motorcycle Boy: But they belong in the river. [guesturing at the Siamese fighting fish] I don't think they would fight if they were in the river. If they had room to live.
Cop: Someone ought to get you off the streets.
The Motorcycle Boy: Somebody ought to put the fish in the river.

Rusty James: How do you know when someone's crazy?
Benny: Well, you don't always. It depends on how many people think they're crazy.

Sep 07, 2014

Benny: "...Time is a funny thing... time is a very peculiar item. You see, when you're young, you're a kid, you got time, you got nothing but time. Throw away a couple of years, a couple of years there... it doesn't matter... you know. The older you get you say, "Jesus, how much I got? I got thirty five summers left." Think about it. Thirty five summers...."


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