Directed by Francis Ford Coppola | USA | 1983 | Color | 92 minutes |
Take a trip back to the classrooms of yesteryear with 1983 drama The Outsiders, part of our retrospective of classics by Oscar-winning filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola.
Based on the acclaimed 1967 novel by teenage author S.E. Hinton, Coppola’s tender, period-detailed adaptation became an enduring touchstone of pop culture for generations. As yearbooks everywhere echo cries to “stay gold, Ponyboy”, The Outsiders remains a classic, and a nostalgic look at the pain of adolescence.
C. Thomas Howell stars as Ponyboy Curtis, a kid from the wrong side of the tracks and part of a gang of “Greasers” locked in a street war with the “Socs,” the rich kids of the town. His emerging friendship with the vulnerable Johnny (Ralph Macchio) finds both of them going on the run after Johnny kills a Soc in self defense, ultimately leading to tragic consequences when the intense Dallas (Matt Dillon) and their other Greaser buddies come to their defense.
Featuring an astonishing supporting cast of future stars, including Patrick Swayze, Rob Lowe, Emilio Esteves, Matt Dillon, Diane Lane, Leif Garrett, The Outsiders is an endearing period piece that celebrates the aesthetics of a bygone American era while peeling back its surface to examine a violent culture clash therein.
“Francis Coppola’s revision of his 1983 film of S.E. Hinton’s best seller The Outsiders is funny, touching and revelatory.” — Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
“A devouring CinemaScope fever dream: an homage to Robert Wise and Nicholas Ray that took its chief inspiration from the timeless backlit twilights of Gone with the Wind.” — Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central
“One hell of a powerful movie. The young cast are dynamite.” — Clint Morris, Moviehole