The primarily black-and-white film is based on the novel Rumble Fish by S.E. Hinton, who also co-wrote the screenplay. The movie centers on the relationship between Motorcycle Boy (), a revered former gang leader wishing to live a more peaceful life, and his younger brother, Rusty James (), a teenaged hoodlum who aspires to become as feared as Motorcycle Boy – “Rusty James can’t live up to his brother’s reputation. His brother can’t live it down.” Thanks in large part to The Outsiders, Rumble Fish has an incredible cast that includes Dennis Hopper, Chris Penn, Nicholas Cage, Diane Lane, Laurence Fishburne, and Tom Waits. It also happens to feature an excellent soundtrack by , drummer of the musical group .
Here’s a review of S. E. Hinton’s Rumble Fish by Daniela Lo Presti. The layout is irrelevant, but all the topics that should be touched upon are there. May it serve as an example.
Rumble Fish was shot immediately after The Outsiders and utilizes much of the same cast and crew. But they are very different movies – where the latter was bright, idealistic, and clear-cut, the former was dark and foggy. Rumble Fish is, as he says, very much an art film, albeit one for teenagers, which is why it probably never really got its due.
Long before the best-seller lists were dominated by John Green, Veronica Roth, and Stephenie Meyer, there was S.E. Hinton. Her novel The Outsiders—written when Hinton was only 15—revolutionized the young adult publishing world, causing teenage readers to demand books that reflected the realities of their own lives. For many readers, her third novel, Rumble Fish—like The Outsiders, made into —is her best. It’s the story of 14-year-old Rusty-James and his brother, the Motorcycle Boy—the “Robin Hood, Jesse James, and the Pied Piper” of Tulsa’s teens.