Starring Matt Dillon as
Rusty James, Mickey Rourke as the Motorcycle Boy,
Laurence Fishburn as Midget, Nicolas Cage as Smokey,
Diana Lane as Patty, and Dennis Hopper as Father, Rumble
Fish was a Francis Ford Coppola film released in 1983.
On its release, the movie did not do well with most
critics who thought it was more flare than substance.
However, some major critics, including Roger Ebert, did
endorse the film. Never the less, it was a financial
failure for Coppola and Universal Pictures.
This movie, in addition
to The Outsiders, both follow the literary work of S. E.
Hinton. In Rumble Fish, Dillon plays the role of Rusty
James, a gang leader who excels in making trouble.
"Rumble Fish," which refers to Siamese Fighting Fish
that kill each other if left in the same tank, is a
metaphor for the gang land warfare prominent in this
movie. Set in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the movie begins with
Rusty being challenged to a fight by rival gang member
Biff Wilcox, even though Rusty’s brother, The Motorcycle
Boy (Rourke), has enacted a truce between gangs.
Rusty is hurt badly in
the fight after being sabotaged by Wilcox, and the
Motorcycle Boy takes him home and nurses him back to
health. As the movie rolls on and Rusty continues
getting into trouble, his brother continually bails him
out and warns him of the perils of the gang lifestyle.
In the end, Rusty’s brother is killed by police trying
to release animals from pet store, and Rusty ends up
taking up where is brother left off, arriving at the
Pacific Ocean with the wind in his hair and the sun on