Rumble Fish (1983)  Directed by Francis Ford Coppola
Matt Dillon as Rusty James and Mickey Rourke as The Motorcycle Boy.

Motorcycle Boy: California… California’s like, uh… yeah… California’s like a beautiful, wild… beautiful, wild girl on heroin, who’s high as a kite, thinkin’ she’s on top of the world, not knowing she’s dying even if you show her the marks.

6 Responses to “Rumble Fish (1983) – Happy Belated 60th Birthday Mickey Rourke”

  1. Just last month the stellar Region 2 DVD and blu-ray company MASTERS OF CINEMA released a buffo blu-ray set of this film that for fans is wholly essential. I do like the film, and have taught Hinton’s novel of it to high schoolers years back. It is often underestimated, as it’s one of Coppola’s most impressive post APOCALYPSE works.

  2. I really need to get a region free blu-ray player, don’t I?

    I think a lot of Coppola’s post Apocalypse work deserves re-appraisal. Not all of it is genius, but I think a lot of it might be underrated.

  3. I remember Coppola referring to it as Camus for Kids. I thought it was a terrific piece of film making and it memorably showcased the then emerging wave of young Hollywood talent.

  4. I wasn’t all that taken by this when I watched it recently, partly because I found Coppola’s direction a little too art-damaged to work with the story. ONE FROM THE HEART, on the other hand, holds up nicely, since the artsy glitz he aims for is meant to be counterpoint to the unremarkable lives of the protagonists. Also, the music’s better.

    And speaking of post-Apocalypse Now Coppola, PEGGY SUE GOT MARRIED holds up pretty nicely too, as does TUCKER.

  5. PEGGY SUE GOT MARRIED is my favorite post-Apocalypse Coppola of them all.

  6. PSGM was a recent Movie Quote of the Day and I have to say how surprised I was at how much I liked it. I’d always sort of dismissed it because it was “popular” which is pretty stupid I know.

    What was interesting though is that when I first saw it, I was the age of the young characters in the film. When I saw it again this time, I was on the verge of my own 25th high school anniversary. There’s no way I fully appreciated what the movie was doing when I was my younger self, but I totally get it now. The nostalgia and the desire to go back and do things differently.

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