On the set of “Rumble Fish,” filmed in Tulsa’s Historic Greenwood Business District 35 years ago this month.
The set of “Rumble Fish,” filmed in Tulsa’s Historic Greenwood Business District 35 years ago this month. The film starred Matt Dillon, Mickey Rourke, Nicolas Cage, Diane Lane and Dennis Hopper. S.E. Hinton co-wrote the screenplay.
Courtesy Tulsa Historical Society and Museum
It’s a hot August night in 1982 when Matt Dillon and Mickey Rourke saunter down North Greenwood Avenue. The historic row of Greenwood shops just north of East Archer Street is abuzz as crews film the crowded street scene in Francis Ford Coppola’s post-modern adaptation of “Rumble Fish,” the third novel by Tulsan S.E. Hinton.
For the scene, the stretch of Greenwood is given an unscrupulous make-under with fake storefronts for seedy businesses. “I really dig it over here,” comments Rusty James, the young street thug played by Dillon. “The lights, all these people, man. I love crowds.” A few moments later, Hinton makes a cameo as a prostitute who propositions Dillon at the corner of Greenwood and East Brady Street.