Rumble Fish

Rumble Fish

Blu-ray Disc - 2017
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"In this deeply personal tale of estrangement and reconciliation between two rebellious brothers, set in a dreamlike and timeless Tulsa, Francis Ford Coppola gives mythic dimensions to intimate, painful emotions. The director's "art film for teenagers" was his second adaptation of young-adult novelist S. E. Hinton's work in a single year, after the more classically styled The Outsiders. Graced with a remarkable cast headed by Matt Dillon, Mickey Rourke, and Diane Lane; haunting black-and-white visuals that hark back to German expressionism and forward to Coppola's own Tetra; and a powerful percussive score by Steward Copeland that underlines the movie's romantic fatalism, Rumble Fish pulsates with genuine love and dread"--Container.
Publisher: [New York, N.Y.] :, The Criterion Collection,, [2017]
Edition: Director-approved Blu-ray special edition
ISBN: 9781681432892
1681432897
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (94 min.) : sound, black and white with 1 color sequence ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 leaflet
4 3/4 in.,rda
digital,optical,stereo,surround,2.0 DTS-HD Master Audio,5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio,rda
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Nursebob
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.

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jimg2000
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.

https://nypl.bibliocommons.com/item/show/18532080052907_tetro

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Monolith
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.

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Gimmy_85
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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TAYLOR ALEXANDRA LANGE Feb 20, 2015

TAYLOR ALEXANDRA LANGE thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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indigo_pony_37
Nov 20, 2014

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jimg2000
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.

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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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