The Outsiders - 3/25/83

Directed By, Francis Ford Coppola

Set in 1960’s Tulsa, Oklahoma, S.E. Hinton’s The Outsiders follows a Greaser gang of low income juvenile degenerates who are in feud with another gang called the Soc’s (consisting of wealthier kids). Character’s include Soda (Rob Lowe) and Darry (Patrick Swayze), Johnny Cade (Karate Kid’s Ralph Macchio, Dally Winston (Matt Dillon), Two-Bit Matthews (Emilio Estevez), and Steve Randle (Tom Cruise).

The Outsiders focuses on character Johnny Cade when one night as the Soc’s are attacking gang member Ponyboy Curtis, Johnny comes to his aid and ends the debacle by stabbing Bob Sheldon (Leif Garrett) in the stomach…killing him. Ponyboy and Johnny leave town in the hopes of not being caught by both the police and the other Soc gang members.

While Ponyboy and Johnny are in hiding the other members of the Greasers receive threats from the Soc clan and a major fight breaks out. Johnny and Ponyboy make their way to the fight and aid the brothers-in-arms to victory. During the fight however, Johnny is severely hurt and ends up hospitalized with life threatening injuries.

The Outsiders is a classic example of the struggles of growing up in both a gang, and just tough lessons we learn as kids, period. A great example of classic literature and movie-making, Coppola’s The Outsiders is genuine and heartfelt. I give The Outsiders 4/5.