“ Genre: Drama / Theatrical Release: 1983 / Director: Francis Ford Coppola / Actors: Matt Dillon, Ralph Macchio ... / DVD released 30 November, 1999 at Warner Home Video / Features of the DVD: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Colour, Dolby, DVD-Video, Full Screen, Widescreen, NTSC „
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This has to be one of my favourite films of all time. The film is based on the book "The Outsiders" by S.E Hinton and is so emotive. The film deals with a variety of sensitive topics in a thoughtful and entertaining way. I consider it to be an iconic 80s film released in 1983.
The story is set in late sixties America, in an area of clear class and wealth divide. The main focus of the story is around the three Curtis brothers Pony-Boy who is the youngest, Darry and Soda-Pop played by C. Thomas Howell, Patrick Swayze and Rob Lowe, who living in a poor part of town. They have lost their parents and are coping alone with the help of their "gang". Darry, who is the oldest, is working to keep both Soda and Pony out of care. Soda has dropped out of school and working at the local "gas" station to make ends meet. Each of the gang have equally challenging upbringings, and particular emphasis is on Johnny played by Ralph Macchio who is the "puppy" of the group and who has an abusive family but desperately wants to be "wanted".
Other members of the gang include Dally played by Matt Dillon, the rogue of the group and quite clearly the most dangerous, he has a very special connection to Johnny and it lovely to watch this tough guy trying and failing not to show his sensitive side. There is also Steve played by Tom Cruise, he appears to be a bit of a jack-the-lad and is friends with Soda-Pop, they both work in the local gas station.
Last but definitely not least is Two-Bit, the most colourful member of the group, and is a very entertaining cast member played wonderfully by Emilio Estevez.
An all-star cast and each brings something special to the film and bringing the characters alive.
The story starts by introducing you to Pony-Boy who is the main character, as he tells his story from the beginning with the introduction of "As I stepped out into the bright sunlight...."
The film deals with poverty, abuse and class divide, but also the gang culture of sixties America. There are two main class sects, the Socs and the "greasers". The Soc`s are the rich kids and the greasers are the poor kids, this obviously bring about friction and resentment and usually turns to violence. There are fights and "rumbles" amongst the groups. The film also touches on drinking when violence spirals out of control through alcohol, vengeance and jealousy.
When Johnny and Pony-Boy are forced to go on the run you begin to see the true extent of their friendship and loyalty. Also the extent friends will go to protect each other, truly touching. I can't say more without ruining the story for you but it is truly a great film well worth a watch.
There is a very poignant poem that Pony quotes to Johnny whilst on the run called "nothing gold can stay" by Robert frost and it sums up everything and just a few words, this has become one of my favourite poems. Both the poem and the soundtrack have been perfectly chosen to enhance the story and emotes feelings in the audience.
The sound track is by Steve Wonder and is called "Stay Gold" and was written for the film and is perfectly linked to the film.
The film is directed by Francis Ford Coppola and written for screen by Kathleen Rowell. Each have done an admirable job and have created a fantastic film without diverting to far from the book which is incredible. I hate it so much when you get a film that is supposed to be based on a book only to find that they are completely different.
I can't recall the price I paid for this as I have had it for many years, but have recently seen the 2 disc addition available on amazon for little less than fourteen pound with free delivery. The movie is a 12 rating which I consider to be appropriate due to the sensitive story lines and violence (although this is very minimal). However saying that this does depend on the sensitivity of the child, some ten year olds maybe mature enough to handle the issues touched in the film.
Although this film seems intense and involved it can be watched for purely entertainment value and you would thoroughly enjoy it, but as I have been looking at it for a home educational resource to go along with the book, I have gone a little more in-depth and delved into the issues involved to help guide and educate my son.
Overall the film is fantastic from both an educational and entertainment viewpoint with a great cast and story line. I have watched this film more times than I can remember and still find it great.
At the time of making this film, Francis Ford Coppola had already made his name directing films such as; The Godfather parts I & II, and Apocalypse Now, so what made him want to direct a film about team angst and the class system in early 1960's America?
The Outsiders was part of a series of novels written by S.E. Hinton, and was part of the school curriculum. In 1980 the librarian of Lone Star Elementary School, California wrote to Francis Ford Coppola to say that the students wanted him to make a film of the novel. The director read the letter and two years later filming began. To make the cast understand the film and get them inside of the minds of what the two gangs were like, the director put the cast playing the Soc's in a nice hotel with leather bound scripts and the cast playing The Greasers were put up in poor accomodation with tatty looking scripts.
>-- The Greasers --<
Pony Boy Curtis - C. Thomas Howell (The Hitcher, Red Dawn)
Johnny Cade - Ralph Macchio (The Karate Kid I,II & III)
Dallas Winston - Matt Dillon (Rumble Fish, There's Something About Mary)
Sodapop Curtis - Rob Lowe (St. Elmos Fire, The Austin Powers franchise)
Darry Curtis - Patrick Swayze (Dirty Dancing, Ghost)
Two-Bit Mathews - Emilio Estevez (St. Elmos Fire, Young Guns)
Steve Randle - Tom Cruise (Top Gun, Mission Impossible franchise)
>-- The Soc's --<
Cherry Vallance - Diane Lane (Rumble Fish, Unfaithful)
Bob Sheldon - Leif Garrett
Randy Adderson - Darren Dalton (Red Dawn)
Marcia - Michelle Meyrink (Revenge of the Nerds)
The film is set in Oklahoma in the early 1960's, and tells the story of two rival gangs, the rich kids from the South;The Soc's(pronounced Soashes) and the poor kids from the North; The Greasers. Pony Boy Curtis lives with his older brothers Soda Pop and Darry, who is also his guardian, as their parents had died. Pony Boy and his friends Dallas Winston and Johnny Cade sneak into a drive in theatre and there they meet Cherry Vallance and her friend Marcia. Dallas tries it on with Cherry, who spurns his advances and only stops when Johnny speaks out and tells him to leave her alone. Cherry takes a liking to Pony Boy and even though they are from different backgrounds you can see that there is a mutual attraction between the two. Upon leaving the drive in theatre, Cherry and Marcias boyfriends; Bob and Randy, confront Pony Boy, Johnny and Two-Bit and the girls leave with them. Later that night after Pony Boy had left home following an argument with Darry, Johnny and Pony Boy are hanging around at the park when a car full of Soc's follows them. The Soc's get out the car and start to pick a fight with the two Greasers, Bob, Randy and two other Soc's try to drown Pony Boy in the fountain and it is only when Johnny pulls out a knife and kills Bob that they flee.
Pony Boy and Johnny go and see Dallas to get help, he gives them some money and tells them of an abandoned church in the country they can hide out in, and they are to wait there until Dallas comes to see them. A week goes by and in this time they both cut their hair and Johnny dyes Pony Boys blonde. One morning stepping out into the sunset Pony Boy recites 'Nothing Gold Can Stay', a poem by Robert Frost, the two boys discuss what the poem means and later in the film Johnny comes to his own conclusions. When Dallas finally comes to meet them, he takes them for something to eat and Johnny decides he's going to go and turn himself in. They go back to the abandoned church only to find it on fire and some school children trapped inside, without hesitation Pony Boy and Johnny go inside the burning building and rescue the children. When all the children were safe the structure collapses while Johnny is still inside, resulting in him being badly burned.
When they get to the hospital Darry and Soda Pop make up with Pony Boy and the three kids; Pony Boy, Johnny and Dallas are declared as heroes in the newspapers, gaining some respect from the Soc's as well. This respect doesn't stop the impending rumble(fight) planned for that night between the two rival gangs, which The Greasers win. After the fight, Dallas and Pony Boy go to the hospital to tell Johnny, who tells Pony Boy to "Stay gold" before dying(Time to get the tissues out).
After Johnny's death, Dallas flips out and holds up a store with a gun, whilst fleeing from the police he is shot and killed. The movie cuts to Pony Boy in his bedroom opening up a copy of 'Gone With the Wind' he had given to Johnny to find a letter from him. The letter is read by Johnny's voice and in it he gives his conclusions to the poem(another tissue moment).
There were two versions of this film made by Coppola; The first is the one I have just written about and the second is the same version with 20 minutes of extra scenes. The latter was made to make it more true to the actual novel, although I much prefer the original film. The updated version has omitted the original score throughout the film and replaced it with 60's music, sometimes the music overtakes the dialogue and it also doesn't seem to add anything to the mood of the film. Some of the extra scenes could have done without being there also, as they didn't add anything to the original movie. I have watched the original hundreds of times and I have cried every single time, when I watched the updated version it just didn't have the same feel for me. This film is great and is the only film that you are going to see all these well established actors in one film at the start of their careers. The acting is not excellent but there are some really poignant moments in the film. I suggest anyone wishing to see this film should definitely have a look for the original, which you can purchase from www.amazon.co.uk for £6.99 + £1.26 postage.
One of those movies you never forget. I read the book as a child and was delighted when the movie was released. As good as the book was, I serious doubts if they would be able to create a movie to do it justice.
I do think the movie is excellent in it's own right, and probably is as good as the book. It boasts an all star cast, although many of them were just starting out at this point. I can not criticise any of the actors, but I still prefer the book myself. I suppose because it allows you to imagine the characters as you wish, not as Hollywood portrays them. Although the actors put in very good performances, and this all star cast was one of the films that ma Rob Lowe may have acted the part quite well, but he just could not pull off that boyish character who made everyone laugh that I thought Soda Pop to be. Although the movie was well written and well acted, I just never could get used to most of the actors in those rolls. Still I enjoyed the movie, and I think if you saw the movie first, and then read the book you would not be able to find any fault in it. The story line is pure genius in my opinion, simple but one of those stories that is very believable and really hits home.
The main storyline revolves around three brothers and their friends. The oldest brother Daryl ( Patrick Swayze) has given up his ticket out of the ghetto and poverty to raise his younger brothers after a car crash kills their parents. Their close knit circle of friends form, the gang and in particular one young boy, neglected by his own family is taken into this circle. Add gang violence between the "greasers" in the ghetto and the wealthy society boys looking for a bit of violence as sport, which inevitably leads to a tragic outcome.
Its a touching story about adolescence, loyalty to a group, the loss of innocence, and a striking sense of honour. The story could be retold in so many areas of conflict. Written by a teenage author, the characters are so strongly written and well acted, it almost doesn't seem like fiction. Well worth watching, it may actually help you to look on troubled youth in a different way. She wrote a number of other books, all of them outstanding, but this was definitely her finest work.
A poem by Robert Frost "Nothing Gold Can Stay" features in this film and in large part sums up the loss of innocence and transition from child to adult.
Age level - aimed at teenagers but definitely worth watching for adults as well. I would say from 10 - 100, but keeping in ind there is some violence, although not excessive.
This film will make a lasting impression on you ? without doubt. I remember watching this film when I was younger without ever knowing what it was called. It was not until recently that I watched it again and immediately bought the DVD. Based on the book of the same name by S.E. Hinton, the story is a classic one of social differences and the struggles that two factors (the soc?s and the greasers) face growing up. It is a visually stunning journey of the group of greasers, taking an insight into friendship and family. Almost every actor in this film went on to great things and after watching the performances in this film you will certainly not be asking why. A finer selection of young actors has surely never been put together.
This brilliant film launched a new generation of actors, who became known as the 'Brat Pack'.Directed by Francis Ford Coppola and starring Matt Dillon, Tom Cruise, Patrick Swayze, Rob Lowe, Emilio Estevez, C. Thomas Howell and Ralph Macchio. It was made back to back with Rumblefish and has achieved the same cult status. It was written in the sixties by a 16 year old girl (susie Hinton) and became one of the best selling books of all time. In 1980, Coppola received a letter from a school librarian, along with a copy of the book, and a signed petition from the students urging him to turn the book ino a film. Coppola read the book, felt an immediate empathy and felt he could bring it to the screen. The story is set in the sixties, inTulsa, Oklahoma and centres on the conflict between two gangs; The 'Socs', rich kids from the south side of town, and the 'Greasers', from the northside, who have nothing but each other and a hatred for the Socs. The hostility between the gangs seems to exist because it is the natural order of things. When Pony Boy(greaser) talks to one of the Socs before the big rumble, it is evident that they both see the futility of fighting. During filming, to help create tension between the rival gangs, Coppola provoked friction between the two groups off the set. At the hotel where they were staying, he put the 'Greasers' on the third floor, gave them very little in expenses, and gave them their scripts in cheap binders. The 'Socs' were put on the top floor, where hotel staff catered to their every need. he gave them money to rent cars and eat well, and he presented their scripts in leather bound binders. The plan divided them as anticipated, both groups kept very much to themselves and there were even moments of friction. With the Outsiders, Coppola has succeeded in painting a 'romantic' vision of herioc youths and doomed rebels. This is num
ber one in my all time video faves. A brilliant film that is well worth tracking down. You will watch it more than once. Coppolas direction has you thoroughly engrossed and 'involved with the gangs, and you will feel sympathy toawrds one of them.
Director Francis Coppola's adaptation of the popular SE Hinton novel about the price of rebellious youth is notable chiefly for the stunning cast of young actors who went on to rich and varied careers. In supporting roles, the film features the likes of Tom Cruise, Patrick Swayze, Diane Lane, Rob Lowe, Emilio Estevez, and Tom Waits, among others. The story centres on two rival gangs in the early 1960s Midwest, and the violent turf wars that escalate and tragically claim young lives. C Thomas Howell plays the central character who yearns to prove himself and be accepted by his older brothers' gang, while at the same time finding his first love and dreaming of a life beyond his dead end existence. Geared toward the teenage crowd, The Outsiders nonetheless features some fine direction from Coppola in a story that evokes memories of the classic coming-of-age films of the 1950s. --Robert Lane