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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)
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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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Plot Keywords:

greaser | boy | gang | night | rumble | See All (234) »


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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Technical Specs


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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Mickey Rourke auditioned for a part in the film, but director Francis Ford Coppola felt that he wasn't the right fit. He did use him for his film 'Rumble Fish (1983)' however. See more »


When Ponyboy and Johnny go to the bar to see Dally, there is a song playing on the juke box called 'Jack Daniels if you please' by David Allan Coe, this song was written and released in 1978 although the movie takes place in the 1966. 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 Married: The Playdate (2014) See more »


Tomorrow Is A Long Time
Written by Bob Dylan
Performed by Elvis Presley
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The Outsiders
26 March 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The Outsiders is one of the best movies and books ever written! It was manatory for me to read it and I got right in with the characters. The movie is......... I can't describe it, it's that awesome! I personally, fell in love with it so much that I've read it 5 times and have seen it 45 times. This movie really brings out the book and if you have not seen it, but you've read it go to your local movie store and rent it! Or, if you have not even read it go read it! This is a movie that you will talk about with your friends and will always remember. Both Coppola and Hinton did a great job with this. This movie included excellent acting to, Matt Dillon, C. Thomas Howell, Ralph Macchio, Emilio Estevez, Rob Lowe, Patrick Swayze, and Tom Cruise. This movie will surly be popular with those who love Drama.

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