The Outsiders (1983) 3.14/5 (4)


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Rating: The Good – 64.3
Genre:Drama, Crime
Duration: 91 mins
Director: Francis Ford Coppola
Stars: C. Thomas Howell, Matt Dillon, Ralph Macchio, Tom Cruise

Francis Ford Coppola’s uneven adaptation of S.E. Hinton’s novel The Outsiders features a host of household names albeit before they hit their prime. Matt Dillon, Estevez, Swayze, Lowe, Macchio, Howell, and Cruise play the “Greasers” from the wrong side of the tracks who are locked in class warfare with the wealthier more privileged “Socs”. The intentions were right and there are some nice glimpses of the great Coppola (check out those Godfather-like close-ups of Estevez’ feet changing direction and pace to indicate danger) but they are all too fleeting as this film runs away from him and its two main leads (Howell and Macchio) towards the end of second act. Worth sticking with it for the great rumble scene at the end though.

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