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The Outsiders

  • 1983
  • PG
  • 91min
  • 65%
  • 7.2 / 10

The movie is set in 1965 Tulsa, Oklahoma. Youths form two gangs: working-class Greasers vs the wealthy South Side gang. When one of the members of the South Side gang is murdered by two Greasers, tensions rise between the two rival gangs.

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The Outsiders is another film entry into the 80’s Brat Pack trend – a term coined by David Blum from New York Magazine that refers to the young actors from notable 1980s films The Breakfast Club and St. Elmo’s Fire. Generally, the main members of the Brat Pack include Emilio Estevez, Anthony Michael Hall, Andrew McCarthy, Rob Lowe, Judd Nelson, Demi Moore, Ally Sheedy, and Molly Ringwald. The John Hughes film, Sixteen Candles, is argued to have started the Brat Pack era. While casting another Brat film, The Breakfast Club, Hughes cast Ringwald and Hall by simply asking if they wanted to be a part of the production, since they had already worked with him previously. Members of the Pack considered themselves a “family”. Demi Moore, who eventually distanced herself from the group to pursue more adult roles, led Ally Sheedy’s rehabilitation from an addiction to sleeping pills. There were also ramifications from David Blum’s article about the Brat Pack. The article was a scathing write-up for the actors, who were attempting to branch out from their initial successes. The members, who shared close relationships with each other, had to split up because of the negative attention. As soon as the term was given to the actors, it also caused their split because they had been encouraged to avoid working together.

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The Outsiders is an adaptation of S.E. Hinton’s 1967 novel of the same name, directed by Francis Ford Coppola. Then up-and-coming stars featured in the film were C. Thomas Howell, Rob Lowe, Emilio Estevez, Matt Dillon, Tom Cruise, Patrick Swayze, Ralph Macchio, and Diane Lane. Released on March 25, 1983, the film received positive acclaim from critics, as well as a good box office performance of $33 million.

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