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Trailers from Hell: Adam Rifkin on Coppola's 'Rumble Fish'

Photo of Trailers From Hell By Trailers From Hell | Thompson on Hollywood June 20, 2012 at 3:35PM

"Francis Ford Coppola Week" continues at Trailers from Hell, today with screenwriter Adam Rifkin introducing 1983's dreamy black-and-white "Rumble Fish"...
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Matt Dillon and Mickey Rourke in Francis Ford Coppola's "Rumble Fish"
Matt Dillon and Mickey Rourke in Francis Ford Coppola's "Rumble Fish"

"Francis Ford Coppola Week" continues at Trailers from Hell, today with screenwriter Adam Rifkin introducing 1983's dreamy black-and-white "Rumble Fish." Watch below.

This was Matt Dillon's third featured role in a film based on an S.E. Hinton novel, shot back-to-back by Francis Coppola immediately after finishing The Outsiders, which shares much the same cast and crew. What was viewed as its self-indulgent art-house aura turned off audiences and critics, but modern viewers have begun to warm up to this expressionistic and bracingly experimental effort, which was characterized at the time by Time critic Richard Corliss as "Coppola's professional suicide note to the industry".

This article is related to: Trailers, Video, Francis Ford Coppola, Matt Dillon, Mickey Rourke


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.