The Outsiders

The Outsiders

DVD - 2008
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Based on S.E. Hinton's book about teenage gangs in 1966 Tulsa, OK. The "Soc's" [Socials] and the "Greasers, " and the struggle of growing up as an outsider.
Publisher: [Burbank, CA] : Warner Bros. Entertainment : Distributed by Warner Home Video, [2008].
ISBN: 9781419873379
1419873377
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (91 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.

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CountAlucard
Oct 05, 2019

Okay, first of all 'The Outsiders' was never a good movie. The performances in it are mixed. Macchio and Esteves are good. Matt Dillon not so much. Coppola's original run of great films was coming to an end in 1983. After the giant coke fuelled disaster that was 'One From the Heart', 'The Outsiders' was kind of his spin out. When I saw it in high school I thought it left out a lot from the novel, and was kind of a mess, but that it had it's moments. Now I see there are two versions of the film in circulation: the original cut from '83 and a longer 'director's cut' under the title 'The Complete Novel'. This version has a new score made up of source music of the period that the novel is set in (mid-60's). Unfortunately a lot of the added stuff works better as deleted scenes IMO. As written it may have paced well (I haven't picked up the book since high school) but most of it stops the movie dead. Further the added period music upsets the balance of many of the scenes. The murder sequence for instance is scored at the beginning by wind effects in the 83 version while the 'Complete Novel' version plugs in the rather bland surf tune 'Out of Limits'. The original score by Camine Coppola is completely absent in the newer version and many scenes are poorer for it. Some scenes have their music removed altogether. It's weird. It occurred to me watching the original cut that 'The Outsiders' was really Frances Coppola's stab at something like 'East of Eden' or 'Giant'. Not realistic but a sentimentalized Hollywood version of street toughs. The visual set-ups from 'Gone With The Wind' further hint that 'The Outsiders' film is, to a degree, about artifice. So the over-the-top symphonic score is actually more appropriate. If you must see this film I'd seek out the earlier or both versions. And do it soon because it's my guess the 1983 cut may vanish altogether: replaced, much as the original cut of Walter Hill's 'The Warriors' has, by a messier 'approved' version.

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shayla_00k
Sep 07, 2019

Alot of great actors when they were very young.

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Tony_Jeffers
Aug 24, 2019

I have not read the novel; but I enjoy period movies with lots of old cars even though I'm not a car buff. I could sense how the cars were being driven with great care compared to an action movie actually made in the period where cars of the same make and model years would be treated as expendable.
I liked the flashy way the knives and guns were handled just like someone wanting to show off how expert he was with the weapon with lots of close ups of the knives themselves.
In novels I usually find the addition of poems in the middle of the story tiresome and in this case it was the same in movie form. The reading of the gory battlefield scenes from "Gone With the Wind" which are not shown in the movie makes me curious about that novel which I have never read either.
I don't know what life was like in Tulsa in the late 1950s but other than the great vintage cars used the whole thing comes off as phoney. The main character Johnny is dark skinned (it's not clear if he is Native American, Latino or malateo); everyone else is white except for the small orphan children which have no speaking parts. I doubt very much if this was the case in 1959 Tulsa and no one speaks with an Oklahoma accent. Also there just isn't enough talk about why there is so much animosity between the Soc's and the Greasers.
All the crying was tiresome and unbelievable a lot more outbursts of anger and rage would have been better and easier to buy.
The biggest interest of this movie is all the actors that went on to be big stars.
If you read the book and liked it ;but have not yet seen this movie I suspect you will be disappointed with it if you do. Wait for the re-make; it would just "have" to be better.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
May 05, 2019

On the forefront, some movies seem too influential and incredible to pass up, though hidden behind that facade lies a movie that vastly falls short of the standards you would imagine it to have. Unfortunately, I would categorize The Outsiders with these types of movies, where after reading the book I had high expectations but was ultimately let down. I think the movie's acting killed it for me: it just felt forced and unnatural henceforth killing the entire mood of the film. Not to mention that the entire movie went all-too-fast, it was just rushed. In a perfect world, they could've added another hour to the movie and although it may have seemed long, at least the story would've been comprehensible. I just feel that after such a great book, the movie would follow suit. It's rather disappointing to watch, even if some parts were done well- the movie simply cannot be revived. On a higher note, the plotline itself is quite interesting: revolving around a conflict between two gangs, "The Greasers" and "The Socials." If you're the type to enjoy a movie for its idea and nothing more, then The Outsiders is for you. If not, I don't recommend giving it a chance. 2/5. @ShowMeTheMonet! of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

The Outsiders is a book by S.E Hinton about two groups of people, who are complete polar opposites. The Socials, a rich gang that looks down upon everyone, and The Greasers, a gang of poor young boys from the other side of town. The novel showcases the prejudice and life of two completely different groups of people, showing different perspectives every time. Dangerous events occur, and tensions between the two groups change forever. I first read this book in elementary school, and I still remember it to this day. If you are looking for a new read, I recommend this book 100%. I rate this book 5/5 stars. - @CoolReadz of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board

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sfleet
Feb 02, 2019

I find this movie misses a lot of things of the story from the book and it disappointed me a lot. For the first time in my life I actually read the book before the movie and it really made me realize how bad this film was. I hope someday they can make a better version of it with the story and much better acting.

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Gwen904
May 23, 2018

Good adaption of the book. Not something I would watch again.

LiztheLibrarian Jan 26, 2018

The book is considered to be the first real YA novel, and the movie doesn't seem to disappoint. While it's not my cup of tea, it really resonates still with teens. My 13 yr old daughter loved reading the book and loves this movie.

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Castielismyangle
Jan 22, 2018

I Really Like This Outsides Movie It Has Real Very Good Actors And Everything So If Some Of The Others Should Really See This Movies...

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Jan 24, 2017

A rich gang known as “The Socials” and a poor gang called “The Greasers” are rival gangs. This movie had a touch of emotion as they developed the characters quite well and deepened the plot as the movie progressed. Two boys named Johnny and Ponyboy are confronted by Socs and they try to drown Ponyboy. Johnny retaliates by doing something crazy – he stabs a Soc, which kills him. They take refuge in a hideout at the advice of Dallas, the Greaser friend. The boys decide they want to set things right and say the murder was a result of self-defence. However, things do not go as planned. Johnny runs into a burning church to save some children, but gets terribly wounded in the process. Things take a turn for the worse here. Overall, what makes the movie so good is its plot and characters, and it’s definitely a good watch.
Rating: 4/5
- @JuiceboxZ of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

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Savanna11
Dec 29, 2016

this movie was amazing and god, I was glad I was forced to read the book for English. I totally recommend this movie if you like action and drama

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Chinderixx
Feb 09, 2019

Steve:
Hate to tell you this buddy, but you have to wear clothes to work. There's a law or something.

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Chinderixx
Feb 09, 2019

Two Bit:
Shoot, this house ain't dirty. You ought to see my house.

Ponyboy:
I have and if you had the sense of a billy goat, you'd clean your house up 'stead of bummin' 'round ours.

Two Bit:
Shoot, if I did that, my mom would die of shock.

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Chinderixx
Feb 09, 2019

"I hope I never see Dallas Winston again. If I do I'd... probably fall in love with him." -Cherry

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Monolith
Oct 03, 2014

Dallas: "...We gotta win that fight tonight. We gotta get even with those Socs! Let's do it for Jahnny, man. We'll do it for Jahnny!!"

TheOutsidersFanatic Sep 15, 2012

Stay gold, Ponyboy, stay gold.

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Chinderixx
Feb 09, 2019

Frightening or Intense Scenes: * Scene with a building on fire *Scene where one character runs away from the police and gets shot.

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Chinderixx
Feb 09, 2019

Violence: Fight and shooting scenes.

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Chinderixx
Feb 09, 2019

Coarse Language: Some mild and strong language.

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miquela_love
Jun 23, 2010

Violence: this book has alot of violence in it.There is alot of punching and kicking. they also use blades it cut people. there is also alot of coarse language.

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miquela_love
Jun 21, 2010

this book is about two groups of people the "greasers" and the "socs". Ponyboy and Johnny r two greasers who were jumped by five socs and they try to drown ponyboy and johnny ender up killing of of them. so johnny rea away and hid in a church. while they were there the church that they were hiding in cought on fire and there were five children about 5 years or younger in the church and ponyboy and johnny wert in to save them and after everyone was oct johnny shoved ponyboy out the window and than some of the roof fell on top of Johnny and broke his bach and dallas one of the greaseres ended up badley burning his arm after going tho save johnny. the rest of the story is for u to find out so if u really want to know u will have to read and find out.......

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