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 ([amazon asin=”014240733X” text=”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.