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The Outsiders (1983)

Director:
Francis Ford Coppola
COUNTRY
USA
GENRE
Drama
NORWEGIAN TITLE
The Outsiders

RUNNING TIME
92 minutes

Producer:
Gray Frederickson
Fred Roos
Screenwriter (based on the novel by S. E. Hinton):
Kathleen Rowell


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
Ponyboy Curtis C. Thomas Howell
Dallas "Dally" Winston Matt Dillon
Johnny Cade Ralph Macchio
Darrel "Darry" Curtis Patrick Swayze
Sodapop Curtis Rob Lowe
Keith "Two-Bit" Matthews Emilio Estevez
Steve Randle Tom Cruise
Tim Shepard Glenn Withrow
Sherri "Cherry" Valance Diane Lane
Robert "Bob" Sheldon Leif Garrett
Randy Anderson Darren Dalton
Marcia Michelle Meyrink
Buck Merrill Tom Waits

 

Review

Francis Ford Coppola introduced a whole new generation of actors who would go on to become some of Hollywood's biggest stars over the course of the next few years and decades, with this adaptation of S. E. Hinton's debut novel "The Outsiders". The story is a coming-off-age tale set in an unspecified American town during the early 1960s, where the dividing line between the north and south side of town, between the working-class "greasers" and the upper-class "socs", defined the upbringing, youth years and prospects for the future for all the characters we get to meet. Focusing on the greasers and more on the ties and comradery between them than on the greaser culture as such The Outsiders is a tenderhearted, unobtrusive film full of semi-obvious observations and character-developments. As such, it feels like the school essay that the novel more or less started out as. Still, the film has a perception and understanding for these kids, their time and their surroundings that makes it resonant and believeable. Filmatically, this is by no means Coppola's best work, and all of these actors would go on to deliver better work later on in their careers, but both their characters and their performances have stood the test of time quite well. Look for Coppola's pal Tom Waits in a cameo as a bouncer in a bar. C. Thomas Howell won the Young Artist Award for Best Young Motion Picture Actor for his performance as Ponyboy Curtis.

Copyright 01.02.2020 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang

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