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The Outsiders (1983)

PG-13 | | Crime, Drama | 25 March 1983 (USA)
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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.


(as Francis Coppola)


(screenplay) (as Kathleen Knutsen Rowell), (novel)
387 ( 86)
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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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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


Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for violence, teen drinking and smoking, and some sexual reference | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

25 March 1983 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Outsiders: The Complete Novel  »

Box Office


$10,000,000 (estimated)


$25,600,000 (USA)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The letter jacket that the Soc is wearing as he challenges Darrel is the letter jacket from the high school that author S.E. Hinton attended. See more »


(at around 1h 3 mins) When Johnny is lying face down in the hospital, the cut on his cheek is on the left (the image is flopped). See more »


[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 »


Referenced in Wax On, Fuck Off (2010) See more »


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User Reviews

Great Movie and Accurate Adaptation
6 March 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I had to read the book in seventh grade and we also watched the movie. I though both of them were fabulous. Francis Ford Coppola has adapted almost every detail of the book into this movie. I thought the acting was great and the plot was good for teenagers, which is the movie's, as well as the book's, target audience. I was surprised on how many stars were in this movie (seven) and it was much better than I thought it would be. It didn't seem cheesy and small but you felt like you were watching a real film. Even though the Greasers seem to be born into undesirable lives, watching this movie makes you want to go back to 1967 in the Southwest and be a Greaser, too. Fabulous movie and perfect for teenagers.

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