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‘The Outsiders’ 25th anniversary

posted by Nell Minow

Last week, I wrote about movies with all-star casts. Some movies have all-star casts — retrospectively. When they are made, the actors are not well known but soon afterward many or most of them become superstars. One classic example is a movie that is (incredibly) celebrating its 25th anniversary, “The Outsiders.”
One of three movies based on books by teen favorite author S. E. Hinton to be filmed in 1982-83, “The Outsiders” is the story of rival gangs the Greasers and the Socs (for “socials”). Director Francis Ford Coppola, who also cast a group of future superstars in “The Godfther,” put together an extraordinarily talented collection of young actors including Tom Cruise, Patrick Swayze, Ralph Maccio, Matt Dillon, Rob Lowe, Emilio Estavez, and Diane Lane. Hinton herself appears briefly as a nurse and Coppola’s daughter Sofia, who would become famous behind the camera for “Lost in Translation,” appears as a child.
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  • jestrfyl

    This movie is very well known to my son’s generation (in their 20’s). It is an example of a producer and a director having a keen eye for talent, and then that talent being allowed and encouraged to develop. The book is as significant as the movie, too. It is well read in many schools and has become a literary rite of passage as is To Kill a Mockingbird and a few others. As rare as it is to get an ensemble of actors like this, I think it is even more rare for a book and the movie from it becoming as significant a classic. Of course a few have made the transition, but not many.

  • Dena

    I can’t believe the movie is that old. *Sigh*

  • Anonymous

    This is my daughter’s VERY favorite movie.When we first bought it,she must have watched it 10-15 times in a row.She actually knows the DIALOG…word for word…(scarey,huh?)heheeheee…It really was a great movie and still is!
    Stay Golden!!

  • Anonymous

    i hate thiz book it has 2 much action

  • http://myspace.com/xoxo_mylove diana :D

    damn!!
    the guys that play Dally
    and Soda pop are so HOT!!lol
    good movie (:
    -diana :D

  • http://myspace.com/dixiegirl186 sophia

    im 11 years old and i love this movie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11the r ALL HOT!! EXCEPT FOR STEVE

  • michelle

    Im am only 16 year old and i read this book when i was 14. since then i love this book and read like a million times and i enjoy reading it i still cry evertime and i love watchin the movie :)

  • http://blog.beliefnet.com/moviemom/ Nell Minow

    Thanks, Michelle! I am glad to hear it.

  • Your Name

    I LOVED THE BOOK AND i CAN’T WAIT TILL I SEE THE MOVIE!!!!!!
    OH YEAH SODAPOP IS SO CUTE

  • Your Name

    oh my god sodapop is hella hotttt why does this movie have to be so old. even dally is hott its so sad when he dies.

  • lovesponyboy

    Im only 12 and I read the book!I thought the movie was craptastic compared to the book but i was soooo sad when Johnny and Dally died! I was like “Nooooooo!!! Dally’s too hot to die!!” In the movie many,many,many parts were left out like with Johnny’s mom and Soda’s gf and it was more about Johnny then Pony,Dally and SodaPop. Did Soda even have a line?

  • http://blog.beliefnet.com/moviemom/ Nell Minow

    Thanks for a great comment, lovesponyboy!

  • sexysoccergirl

    omg i am not even finish rading the book and i am in love with it already and i can’t wait to watch the movie i heard the guys are hotttttttttttttttt.

  • lovethe book

    waaaaaa! i wanna see the movie tha book was sooo friggn good !!!!! and im only 13! i wanna see it!

  • http://blog.beliefnet.com/moviemom/ Nell Minow

    You can get it on Netflix! If you see it, let me know what you think!

  • Your Name

    soda is damn sexy.
    ^^nuff said.

  • JESSICA

    Oh my god Johnny… God bless your baby face baby boy.
    I will so do it with u~

  • myranda :D

    omg i just finished reading the book i cried like 2 times through out the book i cried when johnny died and when ponyboy was reading the letter left in the book gone with the wind writtin from johnny it was terrible i was soooooo sad. i deffinetly cant wait to see the movie but i bet the book is still better though. wow that book is soo good its like one of my favorites i almost couldnt stop reading it.

  • http://blog.beliefnet.com/moviemom/ Nell Minow

    Thanks, Myranda! I’m so glad you love the book. You can see the author playing a nurse in the movie. I hope you read her other books as well.

  • leslie

    I finally finished reading the book, now the movie is amazing! Ponyboy is a true hunk!..

  • Your Name

    the book and movie was soo good now i have to write a speech on judging people cause of the socs

  • tasia

    omg i think all of them are so cute but johnny was going to b built better but its ok but on the movie it showed 2 much of dally personalls. but i really like the movie and the book and i cried when i was reading the book and watching the movie!!!!!!!!!!!! i love the outsiders

  • Samantha

    I watched the book and movie! It was really good (: Ponyboy and sodapop are HUNKSS!

  • http://blog.beliefnet.com/moviemom/ Nell Minow

    Thanks, Samantha!

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