Movie Club: 'The Outsiders' (1983)

Movie Club: The OutsidersIt's been a month since the last conversation in the RopeofSilicon Movie Club and I told you I wasn't going to abandon the feature even though participation wasn't at the level I hoped it would reach. Well, I'm sticking to my word as the next title will be Francis Ford Coppola's The Outsiders starring Matt Dillon, Ralph Macchio, C. Thomas Howell, Patrick Swayze, Rob Lowe, Emilio Estevez, Tom Cruise, Diane Lane and Tom Waits. The discussion will begin on April 24.

Yeah, I did another Coppola movie in The Conversation in January, but I've had this one in my queue for a long time and it seemed like a film perfect to get the conversation going considering not only the material, but when it was released and the number of actors involved that are now household names.

The film is based on the S.E. Hinton novel (buy it here), which I am actually hoping to read before we have our conversation as well. Here's the plot synopsis for the film:

Adapted from a novel by S.E. Hinton, director Francis Ford Coppola's coming-of-age drama chronicles the escalating violence between two teenage gangs in rural Oklahoma: the hardscrabble Greasers and the affluent Socs. The rivalry intensifies when the Socs attack young Greasers Ponyboy (C. Thomas Howell) and Johnny (Ralph Macchio).

Now, there is also an extended edition of the film that includes additional footage including a new beginning and ending that I am hoping to watch as well before we have our discussion, but as far as you're concerned feel free to choose one or the other.

Here's the trailer for the film, and you can check out previous Movie Club conversations right here.

  • Winchester

    I'll plonk it on my rental list and try to get it sent in time. I imagine it won't be the version you refer to above though.

  • Bryce

    Not a trailer that gets you excited to see the movie, now is it? Still, wanted to see this for a while, I queue it up.

  • JN Films

    I'm excited about this one :)

  • Criterion10

    Hmm, haven't seen this one in ages. I remember reading the book some years ago in school. Will definitely rent this one in preparation for the movie club.

  • lalecture

    Ive seen this several times, but it was quite some time ago. Im looking forward to watching this again. The Outsiders is in some ways, a timeless story. The book is standard reading in high school in these parts.
    I hope I can find the extended version. I like analyzing the decisions film makers make. I may not like "what" they add or delete, but I enjoy conversations around their choices.

  • kyle coley

    damn i love this movie

  • G-Man

    Whoa! That's a killer cast! Added to Netflix queue.

  • lalecture

    G-Man, Netflix indicates that The Outsiders is unavailable to stream. Are you renting the actual dvd?

    • G-Man


    • G-Man

      Available to rent streaming on Amazon Instant Video for $2.99, BTW.

  • lalecture

    the dvd is $5 to buy on amazon prime or $3 to stream! But not the extended version.
    Brad, where did you find the extended version?

    • Brad Brevet

      Netflix has the extended version, and you can also buy it on Amazon.

  • Jarrett Leahy

    I've had this movie in my collection for a couple years now and have yet to watch it (it was $3 at best buy so I grabbed it on reputation and cast). I guess this will give me the motivation to finally dust it off and give it a watch. My fear is it's going to be a typical dated '80's flick, but we shall see.

  • Corbin

    I'll try to watch it, but I'm not sure if I can, but I'll try my hardest.

  • Jake17

    I remember really disliking this, but it's been a while since I've seen it. I really enjoyed the book, but I wouldn't consider it a favorite of mine. I still have the DVD, so I'll probably give it a go.

  • Lewis

    I teach the book in my Lang Arts class (middle school). Easy read basically. Nothing too exciting. Written by Hinton when she was only 16 yrs old and still in high school. It shows in parts of the book. The juvenile prose. Uneven, melodramatic.

    Now the film, as you said, has 2 versions. I recommend the "complete novel" version on DVD. It contains extra footage and the intended soundtrack Coppola had in mind. By the way, the studio back then persuaded Coppola to re-cut the film because those scenes that were eventually deleted contained somewhat of a homoerotic vibe. If you've read the book, Hinton's 60's flowery language between the Curtis brothers is definitely outdated by today's standards and a little, if unintentionally, homoerotic.

    As for the movie, the best part is the grossly under-rated theme song from Stevie Wonder that plays during the beautiful opening credits. "Stay Gold" taken from the novel's main theme. It's a haunting song. The best thing in the movie.

  • Jennifer

    Love this movie. Read the book and saw the film for the first time when I was in Middle School. It's still a film I enjoy after having seen it several times. I do look creepishly like Diane Lane in this film though...Makes me feel like I'm watching myself do something I don't remember doing.

  • Driver

    I'm going to try and participate this time around. I always liked the idea of the movie club and I've seen some of the films but never posted any opinions.

    As a suggestion for the next one, I think "Kill List" would give some cool and interesting conversations. I know its resent, but I don't think many people have seen it.

  • Crosby Allen-Jennings The full movie is on youtube. I really liked the movie and the book.