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The Outsiders

Year: 1983
Production Co: Zoetrope Studios
Studio: Warner Bros
Director: Francis Ford Coppola
Writer: S E Hinton
Cast: Matt Dillon, Ralph Macchio, C Thomas Howell, Rob Lowe, Emilio Estevez, Patrick Swayze, Diane Lane, Tom Cruise, Leif Garrett, Tom Waits
Before Francis Ford Coppola was synonymous with Mafia films, he was the go-to guy for movies about disaffected youth thanks to this film and Rumble Fish.

He also collected one of the most photogenic casts of the time and helped launch the careers of no less than eight actors into the stratosphere including Estevez, Lane, Lowe, Dillon, Macchio, Swayze, Howell and Cruise.

A dedicated member of the subculture of greasers, Ponyboy (Howell) lives with his two brothers, the eldest Darry (Swayze) loving but authoritarian. When Ponyboy and his friend Johnny (Macchio) are out too late one night Darry flips, shoving Ponyboy violently. He flees, scoops up Johnnyboy and returns to the park for the night.

When they're set upon by their mortal enemies the Socs, drunk and looking for a fight, Johnnyboy kills one of them in the fracas. Terrified of the repercussions, he flees, set up by the senior gang member Dallas (Dillon) in an abandoned church to hide, and all the while, events around the boys spiral out of control and reach a violent conclusion.

See where a bunch of stellar careers began, and to experience the definitive 'tough to be a poor kid' movie from the period.

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