Rusty James (Matt Dillon) is a troubled juvenile delinquent trying to live up to the legendary reputation of his older brother, Motorcycle Boy (Mickey Rourke). One night, while Rusty James and his friends Smokey (Nicolas Cage), Steve (Vincent Spano), and B.J. (Christopher Penn) are involved in a rumble, Motorcycle Boy returns home from California after a two-month absence. After Motorcycle Boy reveals some family secrets about their mother, both brothers become determined to escape their lives or die trying.
I loved it when I was younger and watched again more recently with my son. Worth watching just see these actors while they were young. Compare with The Outsiders and James Dean films or St Elmo's Fire.