Rumble in the Bronx (1995)

1h 27m / R / Action Comedy

Dates and Times

We here at REWIND HQ don’t really watch professional wrestling. But even as an outsider we can’t deny that wrestling has been having a bit of a cultural moment these past few years. Wrestlemania gets covered on ESPN; the Rock is one of the biggest celebrities in the world; Hulk Hogan is … you know, in the news. And one of the things wrestling fans will tell you (as a non-fan) to explain the appeal of sports-entertainment is that it’s a way of telling broad stories physically. It’s like soap opera or comic books, they’ll say. Bigger-than-life characters in a bigger-than-life morality play, with backflips and fake punches and well-choreographed gymnastics.

But at REWIND, when we hear that description, we don’t think wrestling — we think of kung-fu movies. Like The 36th Chamber of Shaolin, Enter the Dragon, Five Fingers of Death, and of course the work of Jackie Chan. Chan revolutionized the genre. His movies aren’t just historical period pieces and deadly-serious tales of revenge; they’re often set in the present day, and they’re tremendously funny and sweet. As Roger Ebert said, “Don't tell me about the plot and the dialogue. Don't dwell on the acting. The whole point is Jackie Chan — and, like Astaire and Rogers, he does what he does better than anybody. There is a physical confidence, a grace, an elegance to the way he moves.” So there’s a sentiment REWIND will stand behind: Jackie Chan = Fred Astaire + Macho Man Randy Savage. Join us for Jackie’s first breakthrough to American audiences, the seminal kick-opera Rumble In the Bronx.

Doors and bar open at 10:00pm. 

Tampa’s historic movie palace is working with the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay to launch a crowdfunding campaign at with a goal of raising $10,000 to support REWIND: Season 2. With your help, the Theatre will collaborate with local artists and creatives to create promotional video content, design commemorative posters and giveaways for the films, and create more of a “party atmosphere” in the lobby before the movie… all with REWIND’s signature retro-futuristic, VHS, video-store aesthetic. (P.S. a portion of the money raised will go toward showing REWIND titles on 35mm film, whenever possible, to preserve the legacy of the medium.)

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