Rumble Fish (1983)

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Drama, coming of age. Rusty James is a problematic adolescent trying to live up to his celebrated older brother, Motorcycle Boy. One night, while Rusty James and his friends Smokey, Steve, and B.J. are implicated in a fight, Motorcycle Boy comes back home from California after a two-month absence. Rusty James gets stabbed and Motorcycle Boy saves him, but their alcoholic father is insensible to the brothers' lives and only Rusty James's girlfriend, Patty, appears to worry about him. After Motorcycle Boy discloses some family skeletons about their mother, both brothers are resolute to break away from their lives or die trying.

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