PG | | Crime, Drama
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.
Director Francis Ford Coppola became aware of Emilio Estevez when he accompanied his dad Martin Sheen to the filming of Apocalypse Now (1979). He had a small role as a messenger boy that was cut. Coppola remembered Estevez and gave him a bigger role in this film.
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.
The story is set in 1965, yet it shows many modern (as of filming in 1983) pieces of medical equipment, such as disposal plastic nasal cannula, modern plastic IV tubing and cut offs, etc. Also most hospitals in the 1960s had open wards with many patients cordoned off by curtains, instead of private rooms as depicted in the movie.
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.
The 2005 special edition contains a re-edited cut of the film, a new soundtrack and 22 minutes of additional footage, including:
Jack Daniels If You Please
Performed by David Allan Coe
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records
$5,068,165 (USA) (27 March 1983)
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