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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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25 March 1983 (USA)  »

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

The film is based on a book that is very popular among junior high and high school students. A school class in Fresno, California was actually responsible for Francis Ford Coppola making this film. The class voted Coppola as the director they would most like to see direct a film of the book. The school sent a letter and a copy of the book to Coppola. Coppola read the book and the letter and was so moved, he made both this film and Rumble Fish (1983). Coppola threw out Kathleen Rowell's script, wrote his own, and filmed the new screenplay. However, due to a decision by the Writers Guild, Coppola was unable to secure a credit for himself. See more »

Goofs

During the rumble, the Greasers and Socs are alternately wet/dry between shots, and the mud on Paul's white pants appears, and disappears, etc. 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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Referenced in Splash (1984) See more »

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Tomorrow Is a Long Time
Written by Bob Dylan
Performed by Elvis Presley
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Fairly good adaptation
26 February 2005 | by See all my reviews

First let me say that this will not be a comment where the author will be gushing about how "hot" the cast is! Like a lot of people who have commented on this film I, too, read the book first in school and then proceeded to seek out the film to see how the story translated to the screen. I thought esteemed director Francis Ford Coppola (The Godfather, Apocalypse Now) did a fairly competent job of adapting the book (there will always be somerevisions and omissions in such an enterprise). He preserved the essence of the class struggle: the eternal conflict between those who were better favored by birth and station (Socs) with those less favored (Greasers). Coppola elicited more than competent performances from the young up-and-coming cast he assembled. All in all, a very good coming of age film.


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