The Outsiders
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Teen rivalry in a small Southern town sets the stage for this dramatic interpretation of the novel by S.E. Hinton. Directed by Francis Ford Coppola, The Outsiders tells the story of the ongoing conflict between the Greasers and the Socs in rural Oklahoma. C. Thomas Howell stars as Ponyboy, the youngest of three orphaned boys who pal around with the local hoods known as the Greasers. When Ponyboy and his friend (Ralph Macchio) get into a deadly confrontation one night, the two go on the run from the cops, and they grow up quickly and soon realize the insignificance of their petty posturing.… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 66%

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"Because it falls in with the undulating rhythm of the life of its heroes, for whom a fatal fight and a quiet night have almost equal importance, the picture never manages to reach the peaks of satisfying Hollywood melodrama."
‑ Richard Corliss, TIME Magazine
"Lightly likeable."
‑ , Time Out
"A satisfying example of the artist-as-talented-hack."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"Coppola's take on S.E. Hinton's classic. Teens+."
‑ Carly Kocurek, Common Sense Media
"Flawed though it might be, it's still an exciting piece of film made by an innovative director who was firing on all cylinders."
‑ Lewis Beale, Film Journal International
"Well acted and crafted but highly conventional."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"A deeply strange film that gives '60s hoodlums the personalities of Care Bears and places them under constant attack from preppies in pastel sweaters."
‑ Kyle Smith, New York Post
"Ultimately, "The Outsiders" feels like two movies awkwardly thrown together - one a tough-acting antiseptic to the sanitized-suburbia Spielberg fantasies that ruled the era's box office, the other a besotted valentine to widescreen epics of old."
‑ Nick Rogers,
"As a movie, it's mediocre. As a clue to Coppola's thinking, it shows he still has things to learn about the relation between technology and expression."
‑ David Sterritt, Christian Science Monitor
"The new cut of "The Outsiders" aptly entitled "The Complete Novel" expands what existed before to such a degree that the framework of the novel is restored..."
‑ Rory L. Aronsky, Film Threat
"The film is unremitting in its morbid sentimentality, running its teenage characters through a masochistic gamut of beatings, killings, burnings, and suicides."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"[Coppola's] revisions to the film, which include a new, improved soundtrack, invest it with grandeur worthy of both its characters and his own ambitions."
‑ Manohla Dargis, New York Times
"Francis Ford Coppola's cheesy, overblown adaptation of S.E. Hinton's wonderful novel captures none of the book's gritty magic."
‑ Gabe Leibowitz, Film and Felt
"A devouring CinemaScope fever dream: an homage to Robert Wise and Nicholas Ray that took its chief inspiration from the timeless backlit twilights of Gone with the Wind."
‑ Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central
"While his film lacks the emotional conviction and psychological insight of Nicholas Ray's classic work, his grandiose vision pays off in some stunning camerawork."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
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