Francis Ford Coppola

Rumble Fish

Rumble Fish

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 Tetro; and a powerful percussive score by Stewart Copeland that underlines the movie’s romantic fatalism, Rumble Fish pulsates throughout with genuine love and dread.

Film Info

Special Features

DIRECTOR-APPROVED EDITION:

  • New, restored 4K digital transfer, supervised by director of photography Stephen H. Burum and approved by director Francis Ford Coppola, with 2.0 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Alternate remastered 5.1 surround soundtrack, presented in DTS-HD Master Audio
  • Audio commentary featuring Coppola
  • New interviews with Coppola, author and coscreenwriter S. E. Hinton, associate producer Roman Coppola, and actors Matt Dillon and Diane Lane
  • New conversation between Burum and production designer Dean Tavoularis
  • Pieces from 2005 about the film’s score and production
  • Interviews from 1983 with Dillon, Lane, actor Vincent Spano, and producer Doug Claybourne
  • French television interview from 1984 with actor Mickey Rourke
  • Locations: Looking for Rusty James, a 2013 documentary by Alberto Fuguet about the impact of Rumble Fish
  • New piece about the film’s existentialist elements
  • “Don’t Box Me In” music video
  • Deleted scenes, with a new introduction by Coppola
  • Trailer
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Glenn Kenny

New cover by Michael Boland

Purchase Options

Special Features

DIRECTOR-APPROVED EDITION:

  • New, restored 4K digital transfer, supervised by director of photography Stephen H. Burum and approved by director Francis Ford Coppola, with 2.0 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Alternate remastered 5.1 surround soundtrack, presented in DTS-HD Master Audio
  • Audio commentary featuring Coppola
  • New interviews with Coppola, author and coscreenwriter S. E. Hinton, associate producer Roman Coppola, and actors Matt Dillon and Diane Lane
  • New conversation between Burum and production designer Dean Tavoularis
  • Pieces from 2005 about the film’s score and production
  • Interviews from 1983 with Dillon, Lane, actor Vincent Spano, and producer Doug Claybourne
  • French television interview from 1984 with actor Mickey Rourke
  • Locations: Looking for Rusty James, a 2013 documentary by Alberto Fuguet about the impact of Rumble Fish
  • New piece about the film’s existentialist elements
  • “Don’t Box Me In” music video
  • Deleted scenes, with a new introduction by Coppola
  • Trailer
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Glenn Kenny

New cover by Michael Boland

Rumble Fish
Cast
Matt Dillon
Rusty-James
Mickey Rourke
The Motorcycle Boy
Vincent Spano
Steve
Diane Lane
Patty
Diana Scarwid
Cassandra
Dennis Hopper
Father
Nicolas Cage
Smokey
Christopher Penn
B. J. Jackson
Laurence Fishburne
Midget
Tom Waits
Benny
William Smith
Patterson the cop
Michael Higgins
Mr. Harrigan
Glenn Withrow
Biff Wilcox
Sofia Coppola
Patty’s sister
Nona Manning
Patty’s mom
S. E. Hinton
Hooker on strip
Credits
Director
Francis Ford Coppola
Screenplay by
S. E. Hinton
Screenplay by
Francis Ford Coppola
Based upon the novel Rumble Fish by
S. E. Hinton
Produced by
Fred Roos
Produced by
Doug Claybourne
Executive producer
Francis Ford Coppola
Director of photography
Stephen H. Burum
Production designer
Dean Tavoularis
Edited by
Barry Malkin
Sound designer
Richard Beggs
Music composed and performed by
Stewart Copeland
Associate producers
Gian-Carlo Coppola
Associate producers
Roman Coppola
Special choreography
Michael Smuin
Costume designer
Marge Bowers
Stunt coordinator
Buddy Joe Hooker

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