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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

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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Genres:

Crime | Drama

Certificate:

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Details

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

Production Co:

Zoetrope Studios, AMLF See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (2005 edition)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The terms "greasers" and "socs" (pronounced "soshes", and meaning wealthy kids, socialites) was actual common terminology used by kids in schools throughout Oklahoma during this time frame. S.E. Hinton knew this by incorporating it into her novel. See more »

Goofs

Dallas falling out of the chair at the Drive-in (at 07:18 in 91 m.) was an accident and was not rehearsed. Ponyboy looks at the camera expecting Francis Ford Coppola to say cut, but they kept the shot instead. 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 »

Alternate Versions

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

Connections

Referenced in The 55th Annual Academy Awards (1983) See more »

Soundtracks

Blue Moon
Written by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart
Performed by Elvis Presley
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User Reviews

Don't worry about the critics, it's a classic now!!!
12 July 2004 | by PeachHamBeachSee all my reviews

This lovely film was universally trashed and smashed by all the critics. FF Coppola directed it, but they still smashed it. I don't get that.

The then unknown cast was: Patrick Swayze, Matt Dillon, C. Thomas Howell, Rob Lowe, Ralph Macchio, Tom Cruise, Emilio Estevez, Diane Lane, and Leif Garrett. All these actors went on to fame, but the whole movie, the performances, the writing, were trashed.

I thought the cinematography was exceptionally lovely. The "Nothing Gold Can Stay" sunrise scene was gorgeous. The camera angles during the hair cutting scenes were creative and intimate. The music was "epic" sounding, yeah, but this film had a huge tie in with Gone With The Wind, remember. I thought the soft lighting and the creamy edging made the film look very much like IT was filmed in 1939!!!

I don't know. I thought the chracters were very engaging and the performances excellent. Lots of people loved this film, regular people like myself, that is.


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