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Rumble Fish

Directed by Francis Ford Coppola
United States, 1983


Rusty James is an up-and-coming street hoodlum, lamenting the old school days of the gangs when his older brother, The Motorcycle Boy, ran things as President of the Packers.

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Rumble Fish Directed by Francis Ford Coppola
Francis Ford Coppola’s Rumble Fish presents and ponders these dreamlike feelings of teen-hood as an expressionistic mood piece – a reverie that feels of this world and out of this world but so rooted in an emotional truth that the picture, at times, feels Shakespearean.
August 21, 2019
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If Rumble Fish, recently released by the Criterion Collection, seems notably contemporary on this front, as an early example of the best that an MTV aesthetic had to offer, it is also a film that oozes nostalgia. This duality is why the film and its characters seem out of time and out of place: nowhere specific but wholly distinct.
July 27, 2017
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Rusty-James may not be the brightest fellow, but he has a desire that is very direct and possibly universal: “I just want you to see me, man,” he says through his pain. Coppola’s achievement is in seeing him, and seeing himself, and seeing us, all operating, or at least trying to, in the wasteland.
April 25, 2017
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