Friday, April 3, 2009

Mickey Rourke, Matt Dillon, Laurence Fishburne, Nicolas Cage: Can you name this movie?

A long email back-and-forth with a friend got me to thinking about Francis Ford Coppola's 1983 Rumblefish (the how is too complicated to get into), and I found myself mesmerized by this trailer, cut to Wall of Voodoo frontman Stan Ridgeway's "Don't Box Me In."

I felt compelled to share because virtually every one of the stars is not only still working, but working in high profile projects: Think Mickey Rourke, Matt Dillon, Laurence Fishburne, Nicolas Cage, Diane Lane and more.

Leaving aside the fact that I think Rumblefish is one of the great films of the 1980s and I never miss an opportunity to proselytize (just this Christmas I converted two friends), it's amazing to see them all so young. Dillon and Cage were 18, Lane was 17, Fishburne was 21 and Rourke was the old man at 30.

It's a great film, and this is a great clip:


Ana Maria said...

...Thanks for posting this; brought back some good memories...Great to see Chris Penn too; the one I did not recognize was Lawrence Fishburne but everyone else looks practically the same: I still see the beauty in present day Mickey Rourke...

miss flickchick said...

You're welcome!

I still see the Rourke beauty as well, but it's a ruined beauty. To my mind, that's part of what makes him so effective in The Wrestler.

The funny thing to me is that Fishburne looks so much older that he is. In Apocalypse Now you can see what a kid he is, but he's not much older in Rumblefish and yet he looks like a man in his late 20s...

I find Cage's appearance kind of shocking as well, because looking at him in Rumblefish shortly after seeing him in Knowing makes it really clear to me that the changes in his face aren't just the prduct of natural aging.

I don't know what eactly he's done to himself, but he's done something.

Speaking of memories, if you have a chance it's well worth listening to Francis Ford Coppola's second channel commentary on The Outsiders. He talks a lot about Rumblefish as well, and it's really fascinating.