They grew up on the outside of society. They weren't looking for a fight. They were looking to belong.
|In 1983, Francis Ford Coppola's film of S.E. Hinton's novel struck a powerful chord with audiences, capturing the intense feelings of being caught between childhood and adulthood, and not belonging anywhere. Decades later, Coppola has revisited the film and reintegrated 22 minutes of character-enriching footage, including a new beginnning and ending more true to the book. A rousing new rock-'n'-roll soundtrack featuring six songs from Elvis Presley and other music greats make this new version of The Outsiders one of movie history's great rediscoveries.|
"A film about the teenage years that ranks in its own lyrical way with Rebel Without A Cause and American Graffiti. Gene Siskel, Chicago Tribune
"Florid, highly stylized treatment of S. E. Hinton's best-selling book... Ambitious film...some powerful moments. Leonard Maltin's Movie & Video Guide
Editor's NoteSet in 1966; Produced and released in 1983.Francis Ford Coppola's stylized teen melodrama is based on the popular novel by S. E. Hinton. In 1960s Tulsa, the "right" and "wrong" sides of the tracks are represented by rival gangs, the upscale Socs and the underprivileged Greasers. Darrel Curtis (Patrick Swayze) is doing his best to raise his two younger brothers, Sodapop (Rob Lowe in his first film role) and Ponyboy (C. Thomas Howell). Sensitive Ponyboy is a budding writer in love with Cherry (Diane Lane), the unobtainable beauty from the enemy gang. When Ponyboy's buddy, troubled Johnny Cade (Ralph Macchio), kills one of the Socs in self-defense, their friend Dallas (Matt Dillon) helps the two youths hide out in an abandoned country church. There they live as exiles from a society that doesn't want them. But not all is lost, when Ponyboy, Johnny, and Dallas save some children caught in a fire they become unlikely heroes.The young cast is the jewel of this sensitive, moving film. Tom Cruise and Emilio Estevez play Greasers, and pop singer Leif Garrett plays rich-kid Bob. Dillon also starred that year in another S. E.Hinton adaptation directed by Coppola--the fascinating and extremely entertaining RUMBLE FISH.
Cast & Crew
|C. Thomas Howell|
|Carmine Coppola - Musical Score|
|Francis Ford Coppola - Director|
|Fred Roos - Producer|
|Gray Fredrickson - Producer|
|Kathleen Knutsen Rowell - Screenplay|
|S. E. Hinton - Based On Novel By|
|Stephen H. Burum - Director of Photography|