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".