The Outsiders

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Released 1983

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Director:
Francis Ford Coppola
Released:
1983
Rating:
PG
The Outsiders is the classic 1983 adaptation of the young adult novel sensation by S. E. Hinton and brought to the screen by one of cinema's masters, Francis Ford Coppola (The Godfather, Apocalypse Now, The Conversation, Bram Stoker's Dracula). The film stars C. Thomas Howell (The Hitcher, E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial) as Ponyboy Curtis, a member of a small-time gang known as the 'Greasers.' The Greasers are in the middle of an ongoing battle between the 'Socs' - a much richer gang - and one night Ponyboy's friend Johnny (Ralph Macchio, The Karate Kid, My Cousin Vinny) kills one of the Socs. With the help of Dallas (Matt Dillon, There's Something About Mary, Wild Things) Ponyboy and Johnny set out on a journey in hiding, and tragedy ensues. Featuring a future all star cast including Tom Cruise, Patrick Swayze, Rob Lowe, Emilio Estevez, Diane Lane and blues singer Tom Waits.

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  • 63

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Coppola's teenagers seem trapped inside too many layers of storytelling.

  • 60

    Variety

    Francis Coppola has made a well acted and crafted but highly conventional film out of S.E. Hinton's popular youth novel, The Outsiders.

  • 20

    The New York Times Vincent Canby

    It is spectacularly out of touch, a laughably earnest attempt to impose heroic attitudes on some nice, small characters purloined from a ''young-adult'' novel by S.E. Hinton, the w...

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Crime