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The Outsiders (1983)

PG | | 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.

Director:

Francis Ford Coppola (as Francis Coppola)

Writers:

Kathleen Rowell (screenplay) (as Kathleen Knutsen Rowell), S.E. Hinton (novel)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
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
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Storyline

Tulsa, Oklahoma, 1965. Fourteen-year-old Ponyboy Curtis is the youngest of three orphaned brothers who live on the north side of town, the "wrong side" of the tracks. Sensitive Ponyboy used to have a good relationship with his oldest brother Darrel, but since Darrel became the household caregiver, he is always on Ponyboy's case. Caught in the middle is third brother Sodapop, who dropped out of school to work full time. They all belong to The Greasers, a gang of boys from the north side also from working class families, often broken. Ponyboy's main concern is that any problem they may encounter, especially in their Greaser activities, will lead to the authorities splitting up their family. He also believes Darrel would have outgrown them and become something in his life if it wasn't for his loyalty to the gang, and the need to take care of the family. The rest of the world sees the Greasers as all the same, the face being Dallas Winston, the most volatile one who has just been released... Written by Huggo

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They grew up on the outside of society. They weren't looking for a fight. They were looking to belong. See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama

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Trivia

Rob Lowe turned eighteen years old during filming. According to Lowe, the other boys mercilessly played pranks on him all day on his birthday, such as Saran Wrap on his toilet seat, and filling his hotel room with fire extinguishing foam. See more »

Goofs

During the Rumble, when all the Greasers are lined up, Ponyboy is on Darry's right (at 01:13:35 in 91 m.), but when Darry turns to Ponyboy to tell him to stay close, Ponyboy is on Darry's left (at around 1h 14 mins). See more »

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[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 »

Alternate Versions

The Uncut PG version is, as its title suggests, uncut and runs 121min (the original version runs 91min). See more »

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Referenced in Married: The Playdate (2014) See more »

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Jack Daniels If You Please
Performed by David Allan Coe
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records
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A disappointment, considering who made it.
22 June 2018 | by MovieManChuckSee all my reviews

2/4

Before I critique the movie (which will be painful to do) I would like to observe the pools of talent involved in the making of this movie. We have director Francis Ford Coppola (known for The Godfather and Apocalypse Now) working with C. Thomas Howell, Tom Cruise, Emilio Estevez, and Patrick Swayze. The classic S. E. Hinton novel adaption is, for lack of better words, not very good.

This film seems very textbook, and that's the main reason I wasn't a fan. Coppola refuses to stray from the confines of the book. In other words, it's not original. He teamed up with Hinton to try and provide the audience the most accurate presentation of the book, and that's something I very much respect. However, staying with source material doesn't mean you should the very camera angles predictable.

One thing the movie succeeds at addressing is its title-you feel like an outsider. Coppola has skill at developing characters at a steady pace, and then developing the characters relationships. This is a real shame, because it feels Coppola is giving his actors more depth then they can handle. The performances from Howell and Macchio (the two main characters) are unfortunately the most inept on the set. They can't convey their roles with the proper gusto.

One thing I really enjoyed about The Outsiders is the atmosphere. He was able to portray the times well. Coppola put effort into creating the feel of a 50's Oklahoma town. It's a very subtle touch, but I throughly enjoyed it.

When it comes down to it, The Outsiders is not a bad movie, but it's definitely no good either. It does a great job of re-telling the book in the exact same way, which for me was a pointless excersise.


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Country:

USA | France

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 March 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Outsiders: The Complete Novel See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,068,165, 27 March 1983

Gross USA:

$25,697,647

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$25,697,647
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Company Credits

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Zoetrope Studios, AMLF See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (2005 edition)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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