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This film is pure gold.
The Outsiders (DVD)
Member Name: teafan11
The Outsiders (DVD)
Advantages: Great film.
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.
Summary: An amazing film that is well worth watching again and again.