The Outsiders

D: Francis Ford Coppola 
Warner Bros./Zoetrope (Fred Roos & Gray Fredrickson)
US 1983
91 mins


W: Katherine Knutsen Rowell [based on the novel by S. E. Hinton]
DP: Stephen H. Burum
Ed: Anne Goursaud
Mus: Carmine Coppola 
PD: Dean Tavoularis

C. Thomas Howell (Ponyboy Curtis), Matt Dillon (Dallas Winston), Ralph Macchio (Johnny Cade), Patrick Swayze (Darrel Curtis), Rob Lowe (Sodapop Curtis), Emilio Estevez (Two-Bit Matthews), Tom Cruise (Steve Randle), Diane Lane (Cherry Valance)

A rather low-key project for director Francis Ford Coppola to get stuck into following the success of the first two Godfather movies and Apocalypse Now.

Based on S. E. Hinton's novel of juvenile delinquency and warring teenage gangs, the film serves quite well as a visual adaptation, boasting a young cast of actors, many of whom went on to become household names later on in the decade. 

The film went on to have modest commercial success before gathering a cult following, though considering the pedigree of the director, some might find it very disappointing in comparison to his other works and those who have read the book will appreciate it more over those who haven't.

Coppola also directed another of the same author's works  the very same year (Rumble Fish).


The cast of The Outsiders
The cast of The Outsiders