The Outsiders (1983) Rated PG-13

OutsidersTensions rise between two rival gangs when one gang’s member kills another member from the opposing gang. Based on  the adaptation of the book by the same name, written  by S. E. Hinton. Starring C. Thomas Howell, Matt Dillon, Ralph Macchio, Patrick Swayze, Rob Lowe, Emilio Estevez, Tom Cruise

This film is the essence of teen angst in the 1960s, having the rich and the poor at odds with each other and using violence to solve their problems. The Socs’ (rich kids) characters are not as fleshed out as the Greasers (poor kids), but the basic premise makes the Socs the bullies and the Greasers the heroes. The story hinges on Ponyboy, a member of the Greasers.

I really appreciate how director Francis Ford Coppola stayed true to the novel with this film.  It is not the norm, as many directors want to create their own vision of the story for film, rather than preserving the integrity of the author’s vision.  I always find myself disappointed in such cases, wishing that they would just write their own story, rather than manipulate someone else’s.  The Outsiders captured the author’s intent perfectly.  It is definitely worth a watch.






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