R | | Crime, Drama, Romance
Rusty James, an absent-minded street thug struggles to live up to his legendary older brother's reputation, and longs for the days when gang warfare was going on.
Before filming started, Francis Ford Coppola ran regular screenings of old films during the evenings to familiarize the cast and in particular, the crew with his visual concept for the film. Most notably, Coppola showed Decision Before Dawn (1951), the inspiration for the film's smoky look, The Last Laugh (1924) to show Matt Dillon how silent actor Emil Jannings used body language to convey emotions, and The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920), which became the film's "stylistic prototype". Coppola's extensive use of shadows, oblique angles, exaggerated compositions, and an abundance of smoke and fog are all hallmarks of these German Expressionist films. Koyaanisqatsi (1982), shot mainly in time-lapse photography, motivated Coppola to use this technique to animate the sky in his own film.
Biff Wilcox is looking for you, Rusty James. He's gonna kill you, Rusty James.
In the arcade, Rusty James is playing the video game "Pole Position", but the sound effects are from the game, "Pac Man".
There is rumoured to be an eight hour bootleg cut of the film.
$18,985 (USA) (10 October 1983)
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