- Actors: Matt Dillon, Mickey Rourke, Diane Lane, Dennis Hopper, Diana Scarwid
- Directors: Francis Ford Coppola
- Writers: Francis Ford Coppola, S.E. Hinton
- Producers: Francis Ford Coppola, Doug Claybourne, Fred Roos, Gian-Carlo Coppola, Roman Coppola
- Format: PAL
- Language: English
- Subtitles: Italian, French, Greek, English, Dutch, Portuguese, Spanish, German, Russian
- Dubbed: English, Italian, Castilian, French, German
- Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Number of discs: 1
- Classification: 18
- Studio: Universal
- DVD Release Date: 7 July 2003
- Run Time: 94 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B00008WJ6D
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 46,526 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
Rumble Fish [DVD] 
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Francis Ford Coppola co-writes and directs this drama starring Matt Dillon and Mickey Rourke. In Tulsa, Oklahoma, a local teenage gang leader (Rourke), despite reforming his ways, is still the hero of local adolescents. His younger brother Rusty (Dillon) idolises him, even though his mentor strives to persuade him that he has done nothing to be proud of. Meanwhile, things start to go downhill for Rusty as he's suspended from school, his relationship with his girlfriend Patty (Diane Lane) deteriorates and his brother refuses to reunite with him.
The second of Francis Ford Coppola's films based on the popular juvenile novels of S.E. Hinton (the first being The Outsiders), Rumble Fish split critics into opposite camps: those who admired the film for its heavily stylised indulgence, and those who hated it for the very same reason. Whatever the response, it's clearly the work of a maverick director who isn't afraid to push the limits of his innovative talent. Filmed almost entirely in black and white with an occasional dash of color for symbolic effect, this tale of alienated youth centers on gang leader Rusty James (Matt Dillon) and his band of punk pals. Rusty's got a girlfriend (Diane Lane), an older brother named Motorcycle Boy (Mickey Rourke), and a drunken father (Dennis Hopper) who've all given up trying to straighten him out. He's best at making trouble, and he pursues that skill with an enthusiastic flair that eventually catches up with him. But it's not the whacked-out story here that matters--it's the uninhibited verve of Coppola's visual approach, which includes everything from time-lapse clouds to the kind of smoky streets and alleyways that could only exist in the movies. The supporting cast includes a host of fresh faces who went on to thriving careers, including Nicolas Cage, Christopher Penn, Vincent Spano, Laurence Fishburne, and musician Tom Waits. --Jeff ShannonSee all Product description
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Rusty James (Dillon), the central character, is the leader of a small-town gang who are just as much on a downward spiral as he is. Overshadowed by his brother (Mickey Rourke), Rusty James fights for the attention of his town, his peers, his parents, and his brother.
Its worth the watch. Thats all I can say :)
The story isn't terribly original and follows similar lines to 50s teen movies such as Rebel Without A Cause (think alienated youths, alcoholic parents, knife fights, seedy pool halls, biker gangs etc)
But what makes this film special is the incredible cinematography. Almost every frame could be frozen and put on your wall (it really is amazing)
Add to that some very good acting, plus a real sense of atmosphere and style and you have a very good film, that you can watch over & over again.
The film is almost entirely shot in B&W (but there are just a few brief splashes of colour) This is partly, to evoke a 1950s feel, but also because Rourke's character is colour blind.
The picture has a very slight grain & mild green hue, but this again is intentional. Overall the picture quality is good, with solid black levels and no dirt or scratches.
The soundtrack also dips in out & out, to show how Rourke's character hears things (he's partially deaf as well) But overall sound quality is very good (no hiss or crackles)
The 5.1 mix doesn't have a great deal happening in the rear speakers, but there is some left/right action and a good deep bass. The music is effective and adds to the atmosphere.
If you have never seen this & enjoy 50s style films (or films that are a little different) then I strongly recommend giving this a try.