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This Belcourt screening is the U.S. premiere of Universal’s 4K restoration. See also: THE OUTSIDERS (Sat-Sun, Nov 9-10 at 11:30am)

Part of Staff Picks and programmed by Jo, who says “Francis Ford Coppola once described his film RUMBLE FISH as an 'art film for teenagers' and that’s exactly what it was to me. Coppola created an expressionist, surreal, symbol-laden, dreamlike monochrome world that I wanted to live in as a teenager.

Director Francis Ford Coppola again adapts an S.E. Hinton novel, reuniting with Matt Dillon. Shot in black-and-white with stylized use of color and professed to be among Coppola’s personal favorites, it’s grittier and more phantasmagorical than THE OUTSIDERS. Here, Dillon plays Rusty James, a young gangbanger who looks fondly back on the days of yesteryear when his loner brother, Motorcycle Boy (Mickey Rourke), held court as the king of the street toughs. With a young Diane Lane as Rusty’s sweetheart, Dennis Hopper as the boys’ ne’er-do-well father, and William Smith as one of the meanest small-town cops in movie history. Co-starring Chris Penn, Nicolas Cage and Tom Waits.

“I thought RUMBLE FISH was offbeat, daring, and utterly original. Who but Coppola could make this film? And, of course, who but Coppola would want to?” —Roger Ebert (1983)

“Coppola described it as, ‘An art film for kids…or Camus for kids,’ and it’s not hard to sense an existential otherworldliness amid the yearning romanticism of its cause-less rebels and sizzling summer nights.” —Matthew Thrift,

“Love it for its crazy, feverish charm. It's all style and flash, all emotion and impact, and it doesn't slow down for the usual items of business...offbeat, daring, and utterly original.” —Roger Ebert, (1983)

The Belcourt Theatre does not provide advisories about subject matter or potential triggering content, as sensitivities vary from person to person.

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