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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

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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Production Co:

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Technical Specs


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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


S.E. Hinton looking back on the film in 2016: "I have so many incredible memories of that time, it was just magical to see everything come together. And we had had a lot of fun (probably too much) on set with the boys, many who were just getting their acting careers started. And yes, I am in contact with all of the actors and Francis Ford Coppola." [2016] See more »


The story is set in 1965, yet it shows many modern (as of filming in 1983) pieces of medical equipment, such as disposal plastic nasal cannula, modern plastic IV tubing and cut offs, etc. Also most hospitals in the 1960s had open wards with many patients cordoned off by curtains, instead of private rooms as depicted in the movie. 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 »


Features Beach Blanket Bingo (1965) See more »


We're Gonna Move
Written by Vera Matson & Elvis Presley
Performed by Elvis Presley
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User Reviews

When trouble finds you, don't back down.
4 June 2000 | by (Muskogee OK) – See all my reviews

A gem from Francis Ford Coppola based on S.E. Hinton's novel. Teenage gang members in a mid 60's Oklahoma town become involved in murder, leading to tragic consequences for all concerned. Filmed mostly in Tulsa, Oklahoma, with a very impressive list of young actors on their way to stardom.

The cast includes Matt Dillon, Patrick Swayze, Rob Lowe and Tom Cruise. Also featured are Emilio Estevez, Diane Lane, C. Thomas Howell, Gailard Sartain and Ralph Macchio.

A coming of age movie that packs a punch. Very much worth your time.

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