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[[caption-width-right:350:The aptly named Motorcycle Boy.]]

->'''Rusty James''': Hey man, I really dig the colors.\\
'''Motorcycle Boy''': The colors?\\
'''Rusty James''': The colors are cool.\\
'''Motorcycle Boy''': Makes me kinda sorry I can't see the colors.\\
'''Rusty James''': I never thought you were sorry about anything.\\

''Rumble Fish'' is a 1975 coming of age novel by S. E. Hinton, and the sequel to her first classic, ''Literature/TheOutsiders'', although the links between the two are slight.

The plot concerns Rusty James, an EmoTeen on the inside, ruthless gangster on the outside, who is constantly trying to live up to the reputation of his older brother, The Motorcycle Boy, who has grown bored with life and is, ironically, trying to escape from the reputation he has created. When The Motorcycle Boy comes back to town after several months on the road, Rusty James' world comes crashing down as he comes to terms with the fact that his brother's violent lifestyle is something that he can never have, and that he must rise above the only world he has ever known in order to prove himself the man he's always wanted to be, which means letting go of his brother.

Was made into a strange but stylish, black-and-white feature film by Creator/FrancisFordCoppola in 1983, written largely by S. E. Hinton herself. Bashed by critics on its release for being confusing, and hugely unconventional, the film is now considered something of a cult classic, with many modern critics preferring it to the first film, ''Film/TheOutsiders''. The film starred Creator/MattDillon, Creator/MickeyRourke, Creator/DianeLane, Creator/NicolasCage, Creator/VincentSpano, Creator/DianaScarwid and Creator/DennisHopper.


%%* {{Adorkable}}: Steve.
%%* AdultsAreUseless
* TheAlcoholic: Rusty James' father.
%%* AnnoyingYoungerSibling: Donna.
* BadassBiker: The Motorcycle Boy.
%%* BigBrotherWorship: Oh so much.
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: [[spoiler: The Motorcycle Boy]] gradually becomes one over the course of the movie.
* CreatorCameo: S.E. Hinton plays a prostitute.
* DarkAndTroubledPast: Motorcycle Boy and Rusty James, big time.
%%* DeliberatelyMonochrome
* DissonantSerenity: The Motorcycle Boy talks with a [[TenorBoy quiet and restrained high tenor voice]].
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: You may be surprised that the gangsters [[Film/WestSideStory don't start singing and dancing]] in the stylish fighting scene in the underground area.
* DownerEnding: At least, the book.
** BittersweetEnding: In the movie, [[spoiler: Rusty James releases the fish and escapes to California. The Motorcycle Boy dies, but [[GoOutWithASmile with a smile on his face]], implying that he has found peace in death.]]
* EmoTeen: Rusty James, and his brother to an extent.
* FiveManBand
** TheLeader: Rusty James
** TheLancer: Smokey
** TheBigGuy: B.J. Jackson
** TheSmartGuy: Steve
** TheChick: Patty
%%* HeroicSacrifice
* {{Jerkass}}: Smokey.
* JerkassHasAPoint
--> '''Smokey:''' You know, if there were gangs around like in the old days, I'd be running things, not you. You'd be second lieutenant. You might have gotten by for a while on the Motorcycle Boy's rep, but you have to be smart to run things. You ain't got your brother's brains. It's nothing personal, Rusty James, but nobody would follow you into a fight because you'd get people killed - and nobody wants to be killed.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: The Motorcycle Boy and, at least at the beginning, Rusty James.
* LeaveTheCameraRunning: subverted, see time-lapse photographies of clouds racing across the sky.
* RuleOfSymbolism: The titular Rumblefish in the film are the only things in colour.
* SuicideByCop: Somewhat. [[spoiler: The Motorcycle Boy.]]
* TheFilmOfTheBook: Not ''as'' faithful as the film of ''Literature/TheOutsiders'', but stunningly adapted nonetheless.