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The Outsiders (1983)

PG | | Crime, Drama | 25 March 1983 (USA)
The rivalry between two gangs, the poor Greasers and the rich Socs, only heats up when one gang member kills a member of the other.

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(as Francis Coppola)

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(screenplay) (as Kathleen Knutsen Rowell), (novel)
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The movie details a town split between the wealthy South Zone gang called 'The Socials' and the poor North Zone gang called 'The Greasers'. Dallas Winston, Ponyboy Curtis and Johnny Cade from 'The Greasers' befriend the rich Cherry Valance and Marcia at a drive-in. Later that night, a group of 'The Socs' chase and beat up Johnny and attempt to drown Ponyboy in a fountain. However, Johnny stabs one Soc and kills him, saving Ponyboy. The desperate boys seek Dallas who finds a hideout for them in a nearby town. One week later, Johnny and Ponyboy decide to return to their hometown, with Dallas, to claim the murder as self-defense. But on their way back, they see the church on fire and Ponyboy and Johnny help the children trapped in the church and become heroes. However Johnny is badly wounded and confined to the hospital. Meanwhile The Socs and The Greasers prepare to fight. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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S.E. Hinton's classic novel about youth. See more »

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Crime | Drama

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Also Known As:

The Outsiders: The Complete Novel  »

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$10,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$25,600,000 (USA)
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

When the film premiered in March 1983, Francis Ford Coppola and Warner Bros. dispatched Matt Dillon, Patrick Swayze, Ralph Macchio, C. Thomas Howell, and Leif Garrett to Lone Star School to visit with students. Later, a private screening was held for Misakian and the 104 students who had written to Coppola in 1980. (The New York Times reported that they "shrieked and giggled" every time any of the above misplaced his shirt onscreen.) See more »

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When Ponyboy is reading the newspaper article about the church fire, the paper spells his name Pony Boy Curtis, rather than Ponyboy (at 53:57 in 91 m.). See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Ponyboy: [voicecover] When I stepped out into the bright sunlight, from the darkness of the movie house, I had only two things on my mind: Paul Newman, and a ride home.
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Crazy Credits

Closing dedication: This film is dedicated to the people who first suggested that it be made... Librarian Jo Ellen Misakian and the students of the Lone Star School in Fresno, California. See more »

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Real Wild Child
Written by Johnny O'Keefe, Johnny Greenan, and Dave Owen (as Dave Owens)
Performed by Jerry Lee Lewis
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Don't worry about the critics, it's a classic now!!!
12 July 2004 | by (Morro Bay, Hammett Valley, Twin Rocks) – See all my reviews

This lovely film was universally trashed and smashed by all the critics. FF Coppola directed it, but they still smashed it. I don't get that.

The then unknown cast was: Patrick Swayze, Matt Dillon, C. Thomas Howell, Rob Lowe, Ralph Macchio, Tom Cruise, Emilio Estevez, Diane Lane, and Leif Garrett. All these actors went on to fame, but the whole movie, the performances, the writing, were trashed.

I thought the cinematography was exceptionally lovely. The "Nothing Gold Can Stay" sunrise scene was gorgeous. The camera angles during the hair cutting scenes were creative and intimate. The music was "epic" sounding, yeah, but this film had a huge tie in with Gone With The Wind, remember. I thought the soft lighting and the creamy edging made the film look very much like IT was filmed in 1939!!!

I don't know. I thought the chracters were very engaging and the performances excellent. Lots of people loved this film, regular people like myself, that is.


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