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The Outsiders -- S.E. Hinton's best-selling classic, starting Tom Cruise, Patrick Swayze, Diane Lane, Matt Dillon, Lowe, and Emilio Estevez. Directed by Ford Coppola.
The Outsiders -- Trailer for this classic based on the novel by S.E. Hinton


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Kathleen Rowell (screenplay)
S.E. Hinton (novel)
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Release Date:
25 March 1983 (USA) See more »
They grew up on the outside of society. They weren't looking for a fight. They were looking to belong. See more »
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

C. Thomas Howell ... Ponyboy Curtis

Matt Dillon ... Dallas Winston

Ralph Macchio ... Johnny Cade

Patrick Swayze ... Darrel Curtis

Rob Lowe ... Sodapop Curtis

Emilio Estevez ... Two-Bit Matthews

Tom Cruise ... Steve Randle

Glenn Withrow ... Tim Shepard

Diane Lane ... Cherry Valance

Leif Garrett ... Bob Sheldon
Darren Dalton ... Randy Anderson

Michelle Meyrink ... Marcia

Tom Waits ... Buck Merrill

Gailard Sartain ... Jerry

William Smith ... Store Clerk

Tom Hillmann ... Greaser in Concession Stand (as Tom Hillman)
Hugh Walkinshaw ... Soc in Concession Stand

Sofia Coppola ... Little Girl (as Domino)
Teresa Wilkerson Hunt ... Woman at Fire
Linda Nystedt ... Nurse

S.E. Hinton ... Nurse
Brent Beesley ... Suburb Guy

John Meier ... Paul (as John C. Meier)
Ed Jackson ... Motorcycle Cop

Daniel R. Suhart ... Orderly (as Dan Suhart)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Heather Langenkamp ... (scenes deleted)
Ronald Colby ... College Professor (uncredited)
Emeline Denito ... Mrs. Cade (uncredited)

Flea ... Soc #3 (uncredited)

Cam Neely ... Soc #2 (uncredited)
James P. Rice ... Drive-in Patron (uncredited)

J D Rogers ... Extra (uncredited)
Tony Teebo ... Production Aide (uncredited)

Directed by
Francis Ford Coppola  (as Francis Coppola)
Writing credits
Kathleen Rowell (screenplay) (as Kathleen Knutsen Rowell)

S.E. Hinton (novel)

Produced by
Kim Aubry .... producer: The Outsiders - The Complete Novel (2005 version)
Gian-Carlo Coppola .... associate producer
Gray Frederickson .... producer
Fred Roos .... producer
Original Music by
Carmine Coppola 
Cinematography by
Stephen H. Burum (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Rob Bonz (2005 edition)
Anne Goursaud 
Melissa Kent (2005 version)
Roy Waldspurger (2005 version)
Casting by
Janet Hirshenson 
Production Design by
Dean Tavoularis 
Set Decoration by
Gary Fettis 
Makeup Department
Dee-Dee Petty .... hair stylist (as Dee Dee Petty)
Jack Petty .... makeup artist
Production Management
Ronald Colby .... unit production manager
Michelle Manning .... production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
James M. Freitag .... second assistant director (as Jamie Freitag)
David Valdes .... first assistant director
Art Department
Roger Dietz .... set artist
Donald Elmblad .... assistant: Mr. Fettis (as Don Elmblad)
Douglas E. Madison .... property master (as Doug Madison)
John J. Rutchland Jr. .... construction coordinator (as John Rutchland)
Sound Department
James Austin .... sound re-recording mixer
Richard Beggs .... sound designer
Richard Beggs .... sound re-recording mixer
Karen Brocco .... mix coordinator
Gordon Ecker .... supervising sound editor (as Gordon Ecker Jr.)
Pete Horner .... sound re-recording mixer (2005 version)
Pete Horner .... sound supervisor (2005 version)
Richard Hymns .... sound editor
Chris McLaughlin .... boom man
Vince Melandri .... adr editor
Michael Minkler .... sound re-recording mixer
Norman B. Schwartz .... adr editor (as Norman Schwartz)
Jim Stuebe .... boom man (as Jim Steube)
Wayne Wagner .... sound re-recording chief engineer
James E. Webb .... production sound mixer (as Jim Webb)
John A. Amicarella .... assistant sound editor (uncredited)
Randal A. Goya .... foley mixer (uncredited)
Anthony Milch .... sound editor (uncredited)
Bob Newlan .... foley supervisor (uncredited)
John Roesch .... foley artist (uncredited)
Marvin Walowitz .... sound editor (uncredited)
Michael D. Wilhoit .... sound editor (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Dennis Dion .... special effects
Visual Effects by
Millie Z. Alexich .... project manager: visual effects unit
Don Baker .... camera operator: visual effects unit
Martin Bresin .... pyrotechnic effects: visual effects unit
Robert Spurlock .... mechanical effects: visual effects unit
David K. Stewart .... director of photography: visual effects unit (as Dave Stewart)
Robert Swarthe .... special visual effects
Steve M. Davison .... stunts
Buddy Joe Hooker .... stunt coordinator
Reid Rondell .... stunts
Scott Wilder .... stunts
Tom Elliott .... stunts (uncredited)
John Meier .... stunts (uncredited)
Reid Rondell .... stunt double: Tom Cruise (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Dustin Blauvelt .... first assistant camera
Emmett Brown .... key grip
Elliot Davis .... camera operator (as Elliott Davis)
Ralph Gerling .... camera operator: second unit
Steven Hiller .... second assistant camera (as Steve Hiller)
Ed Nielsen .... first assistant camera: second unit (as Edward Nielsen)
Louis Tobin .... gaffer (as Lou Tobin)
James Zenk .... still photographer (as Jim Zenk)
David A. Smith .... video assist operator (uncredited)
Casting Department
Nancy Foy .... casting assistant
Teresa Wilkerson Hunt .... extras casting (as Teresa Hunt)
Jane Iredale .... casting: New York
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Marjorie Bowers .... costumes (as Marge Bowers)
Kathleen Gore-Misko .... wardrobe supervisor (as Kathleen Gore)
Maureen Hogan .... costume p.a.
Ernest Misko .... wardrobe supervisor (as Ernie Misko)
Editorial Department
Cathy Carr .... negative cutter
Craig Conwell .... apprentice editor
Carrie Ellison .... assistant editor
Chris Lebenzon .... first assistant editor (as Christopher Lebenzon)
Richard Ritchie .... color timer (as Dick Ritchie)
Music Department
Bob Badami .... music editor (as Robert Badami)
Michael Z. Gordon .... music producer (2005 version)
The Marketts .... musician (2005 version)
Robert Randles .... music editor
Transportation Department
Ernie Foster .... transportation
Bill Hunt .... transportation (as J. William Hunt)
Other crew
Mitchell Amundsen .... electronic cinema (as C. Mitchell Amundsen)
Jean A. Autrey .... location auditor (as Jean Autrey)
Jeff Block .... production aide (as Jeffrey Block)
Jim Clark .... location manager
Francis Ford Coppola .... presenter
Roman Coppola .... production aide
Loolee DeLeon .... executive secretary
Tony Dingman .... location coordinator
Teri Fettis-D'Ovidio .... production coordinator (as Teri Fettis)
Wayne Fitzgerald .... title designer
S.E. Hinton .... special consultant: Francis Coppola
Murdo Laird .... chief systems engineer: electronic cinema
Brian Lee .... electronic cinema
Michael Lehmann .... electronic cinema
Barbara Lucey .... payroll auditor
Bonnie Macker .... executive secretary
David Marconi .... production aide
Connie McCord .... production aide
Anahid Nazarian .... script supervisor: electronic cinema
Lloyd Nelson .... script supervisor
Bonna Newman .... production aide
David Oliver .... title designer
David A. Smith .... electronic cinema (as David Smith)
Daniel R. Suhart .... dialogue coach (as Dan Suhart)
Jane Vickerilla .... production aide (as Jane Vickerella)
Beverly Walker .... public relations
Laurel Walter .... production aide
Kurt Woolner .... completion bond representative
Rick Askew .... stand in: Patrick Swayze (uncredited)
Bundy Chanock .... set medic (uncredited)
Scott Clark .... production assistant (uncredited)
Sandy King .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Sue Bea Montgomery .... production assistant (uncredited)
Mary Nell Clark .... special thanks: Oklahoma Film Commission
Jo Ellen Misakian .... dedicatee
Crew believed to be complete

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Also Known As:
"The Outsiders: The Complete Novel" - USA (director's cut)
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Rated PG-13 for violence, teen drinking and smoking, and some sexual reference (edited version)
91 min | 114 min (2005 edition)
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:M | Canada:18A (Canadian Home Video rating) | Canada:PA (Manitoba) | Canada:A (Nova Scotia) | Canada:G (Quebec) | Finland:K-16 | France:U | Iceland:16 | Norway:16 | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:NC-16 | South Korea:15 | Sweden:15 | UK:PG | UK:12 (director's cut) | USA:PG (#26736) | USA:PG-13 (edited version) | USA:PG (theatrical rating) | West Germany:12

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 »
Miscellaneous: At the Dairy Queen, Dally says, "She pulls up in a little old Stingray". The subtitle reads, "She pulls up and we're all staring at her".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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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Finding Nemo (2003)See more »
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Why is there a "complete novel" edit of the film, and why is there new music?
How could Johnny stop Dallas from bothering Cherry when Dallas is obviously the toughest and meanest guy in the gang?
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15 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
A and Not A: NON SEQUITUR, 25 June 2015
Author: garthbarnes-83945 from United States

Spoilers Ahead:

The header is from formal symbolic logic: A and ~A is a logical contradiction. The movie depicts a hellish world where two economic groups fight incessantly. First, this is wrong sociologically for after WW2, the rich moved far away from downtown way out into the suburbs. Hence, the term suburbia was born. By the 50s, the putative setting for the movie, these groups where not mixed together. They had their own respective drive ins and restaurants. The other problem is the invisibility of parents. Soda Pop's died in a crash, Johnny's are spoken of in absentia but all the others are invisible. This is necessary by Hinton for one can hardly idealize childhood without removing the most odious aspect: slavery. Yes, those halcyon, golden days featured the absence of one small word: freedom. Like, ROAD HOUSE, where apparently Jasper has no law enforcement of any kind, here children live alone in some childhood, twilight zone fantasy. The movie is ugly, depressing, slow like molasses and logically contradictory.

My header refers to in the midst of this Stygian world of eternal internecine warfare and hatred, with murder, flight, tragedy, cop execution and resignation we are treated to Robert Frost's poem about NOTHING GOLD CAN STAY. Even without parents, with this fantasy level of freedom, is this a world you would like to stay in forever? Then we get treated to moral relativism: Johnny is both murderer and rescuer good and evil are predicated on situational tricks of fate. Dallas feels that because Johnny dies that entitles him to go on a rampage and we are supposed to pity him. Hinton is a relic of the Progressive Era at the turn of the 20th century that blamed slums for producing criminals. Watch the old movie DEAD END, the same identical silliness. Look, I grew up in a rotten neighborhood and have taken care of my family for twenty years. Being in a slum no more makes you a criminal than moving into a space shuttle makes you an astronaut.

As a film, it is unrelentingly dark, depressing and nihilistic. In the middle of this hellish reality, get ready for an absolutely moving, life affirming poem about how we wish we could live forever in this heavenly paradise? WHAT? The acting is very poor with the exception of Matt Dillon who does a good job. Johnny and Pony Boy's delivery of their lines will make you wince. I always have preferred the more boring but much philosophically deeper RUMBLE FISH. If you enjoy murder, running away, tragedy, a police execution of a young boy, with the addition of two groups of people at each other's throats forever; hey, this is the movie for you. It moves like rocks eroding; I recommend drinking a pot of coffee first, or several energy drinks. Their world is not gold; it is another color, dark brown.

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