Book by S.E. Hinton and subsequent movie adaptation by Francis Ford Coppola. The film, which starred Matt Dillon and Mickey Rourke, was released in 1983. I've never read the book, but the movie is extremely cool - shot in beautiful black and white, with a tight, atmospheric soundtrack by Stewart Copeland of the Police. Rourke does a great job as the Motorcycle Boy - a reformed street tough turned mumbling nihilist - who pushes a metaphor about Siamese fighting fish to save his younger brother (Dillon) from certain death in a street fight. This was before Rourke became a complete cheeseball. Dennis Hopper does a good job as Dillon and Rourke's alcoholic father, and Tom Waits babbles away incoherently throughout. Amazing.