Monday, April 1, 2013

The Outsiders (1983)

Synopsis: Wait just a minute...directed by Francis Ford Coppola and starring Matt Dillon and Diane Lane...released in 1983....filmed around Tulsa, Oklahoma... storyline dealing with white, greaser gangs who get into rumbles... older brother figure who dies, tragically.... it’s Rumble Fish in colour!!

Blurb From the VHS Jacket: "In 1966 Tulsa, teenagers come in two ways. If you're a 'soc', you've got money, cars, a future. But if you're a 'greaser', you're an outsider with nothing but your friends... and a dream that someday you'll finally belong."

What Did I Learn?: If you save a bunch of little kids from an abandoned, burning church, the cops will promptly forget all about the pesky murder investigation.

You Might Like This Movie If: You can totally identify with being an Outsider.

Really?: 1) See “What Did I Learn?” (at the very least, it was never really mentioned again, afterwards). 2) These kids seem awfully self-aware and philosophical for a bunch of teenagers from the wrong side of town.

Rating: The Outsiders is a warm, compelling and generally well-acted drama about troubled youth and class tensions in the 1950s. The film boasts a murderer’s row of cast members: Ralph Macchio (he provides an outstanding performance as one of the greasers – it’s a shame his career stalled after the Karate Kid movies, because he obviously had some talent) , Lane, Dillon, C. Thomas Howell, Tom Cruise, Emilio Estevez, and Patrick Swayze. The Outsiders is a good movie, although there are too many unnecessary characters, the story becomes a bit predictable near the end,  a few of the scenes look incredibly over-stylized, and Stevie Wonder’s “Stay Gold” is a lovely song but doesn’t really fit the overall milieu. 8/10 stars.

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