The Outsiders (1983)

PG   |    |  Crime, Drama


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The rivalry between two gangs, the poor Greasers and the rich Socs, only heats up when one gang member kills a member of the other.

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6 March 2005 | gracegibson
10
| Great Movie and Accurate Adaptation
I had to read the book in seventh grade and we also watched the movie. I though both of them were fabulous. Francis Ford Coppola has adapted almost every detail of the book into this movie. I thought the acting was great and the plot was good for teenagers, which is the movie's, as well as the book's, target audience. I was surprised on how many stars were in this movie (seven) and it was much better than I thought it would be. It didn't seem cheesy and small but you felt like you were watching a real film. Even though the Greasers seem to be born into undesirable lives, watching this movie makes you want to go back to 1967 in the Southwest and be a Greaser, too. Fabulous movie and perfect for teenagers.

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Trivia

Timothy Hutton was considered for the role of Ponyboy Curtis and Scott Baio was considered for the role of Johnny Cade.


Quotes

Ponyboy: When I stepped out into the bright sunlight, from the darkness of the movie house, I had only two things on my mind: Paul Newman, and a ride home.


Goofs

Johnny's newspaper photo has him with short hair, but he didn't have his hair cut until just before the fire- from which he got severe burns. In his photo he is fresh faced.


Crazy Credits

Closing dedication: This film is dedicated to the people who first suggested that it be made... Librarian Jo Ellen Misakian and the students of the Lone Star School in Fresno, California.


Alternate Versions

The 2005 special edition contains a re-edited cut of the film, a new soundtrack and 22 minutes of additional footage, including:

  • an extended opening scene where Ponyboy is attacked by the Socs when walking home from a Paul Newman movie. The principle Greasers are also introduced. Later, Ponyboy and Sodapop talk to each other in their bedroom.
  • a scene where Ponyboy asks some farmers how to reach Jay Mountain. He claims that he's playing "army" and "needs to report to base."
  • an alternate scene in the church where Ponyboy imagines that both Sodapop and Darry are present.
  • a short scene where Ponyboy splashes some water on his face outside the church while Johnny is out buying supplies.
  • a scene in the church where Ponyboy and Johnny become emotional over the events of the past 24 hours.
  • extended reading of "Gone With the Wind" in the church.
  • a short scene where Ponyboy finds Tim sitting on his couch in the morning.
  • a small extension to Ponyboy and Two-Bit at the hospital where a doctor allows them access to Johnny's room after being denied entrance by a nurse.
  • a short scene where Two-Bit and Ponyboy encounter Johnny's mother at the hospital.
  • Following the death of Dally, Darry lashes out at the cops while Ponyboy faints. Later, we see Sodapop and Darry caring for him in bed while Ponyboy asks if someone is sick, not realizing that he is.
  • A courtroom scene where Cherry, Randy, and Ponyboy all make statements. In the end, Ponyboy is acquitted and left in the custody of Darry.
  • A scene where Ponyboy runs into Cherry at school, but she walks away from him. Ponyboy's teacher also informs him that he is flunking, but allows him to write a paper on a personal experience in order to raise his grade.
  • A dinner scene where Sodapop becomes angry that he's always stuck in the middle between Ponyboy and Darry's tug of war and runs away. When they eventually catch him, they agree to stop fighting all the time.


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Milky White Way
Written by
Elvis Presley
Performed by Elvis Presley

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Crime | Drama

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