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Rusty James can't live up to his brother's reputation. His brother can't live it down.
Francis Ford Coppola co-writes and directs Matt Dillon and Mickey Rourke in this crime drama that serves as a companion piece to The Outsiders.
Rusty James (Dillon) is an absent-minded thug who struggles to live up to his legendary older brother's (Rourke) reputation, while longing for the days of gang warfare.
Rating: M Violence & offensive language
This is a movie you are likely to hate, unless you can love it for its crazy, feverish charm.
A bit too over-stylised to allow for any great involvement, the most interesting part of this is spotting the young actors before they became stars -- most notably nephew-of-the-director Nicolas Cage.
A number of the images in Rumble Fish are more memorable than the film is as a whole, sometimes for the wrong reasons.
If Rumble Fish fails as a traditional movie about real people, it is beguiling as an exercise in hallucinatory style.
Coppola's recent viewing seems to have been German silent films of the '20s, so he has decided to coat the whole enterprise in a startling Expressionist style, which is very arresting but hardly appropriate to the matter in hand.
Overwrought and overthought.