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A Movie Review of The Outsiders by S
Based on the novel by S. E. Hinton
Ponyboy Curtis was a poor boy who lived on the wrong side of the tracks. All he wanted to do was to read, go to school, and write stories and poetry. Unfortunately, he has no control over the street fights that go on between his friends, the Greasers, and the wealthy kids, the Socs. Ponyboy and his friend Johnny yearn for a life where there are no social divides and where people can just be people.
One night, things come to a head when Ponyboy and Johnny are out walking. The Socs jump the two and Johnny is forced to defend Ponyboy from certain death by drowning. Johnny kills the Soc who was drowning Ponyboy. Now on the run, the two go into hiding out in the countryside.
One of the best parts of the movie takes place during a sunrise they overlook while out in the countryside. Ponyboy quotes a Robert Frost poem:
Nature's first green is gold; Her hardest hue to hold; Her early leaves a flower; But only so an hour; Then leaf subsides to leaf; So Eden sank to grief; So dawn goes down to day; Nothing gold can stay.
Another turning point in the movie is when the church they were hiding out in accidentally burns down. Ponyboy and Johnny, and their friend Dally, discover kids on a field trip have gotten trapped inside. The three work together to save the kids but Johnny gets hurt badly. His injury is so bad that it eventually leads to his death. Dally, having been like a big brother to Johnny, is sent spiralling out of control at the loss of his buddy.
This is a very deep and profound movie that I hope you will enjoy.
Some information on the movie and the brilliant cast:
- Directed by Francis Coppola
- Based on the novel by S. E. Hinton (who also plays a small part as one of the nurses in the movie)
- Ponyboy Curtis (Youngest of the Curtis Brothers) - Played by C. Thomas Howell
Ponyboy is a dreamer who likes reading, writing, poetry, and sunrises and sunsets. He dreams of a life outside of his unfortunate circumstance.
- Darry Curtis (Oldest of the Curtis Brothers) - Played by Patrick Swayze
Darry works hard to keep him and his brothers together. He had to grow up before his time because of the death of both parents.
- Soda Pop Curtis - Played by Rob Lowe
Soda Pop is Ponyboy's carefree and easy going older brother.
- Johnny Cade - Played by Ralph Machio
Johnny is Ponyboy's best friend. His parents are abusive, forcing poor Johnny, not just into the streets, but into a series of truly unfortunate events.
- Steve - Played by Tom Cruise
Soda Pop's gutsy, fight-loving best friend.
- Two-bit Mathews - Played by Emilio Estevez
The joker of the gang. Aptly named Two-bit because he can never stop cracking jokes.
- Dallas Winston - Played by Matt Dillion
A tough-talking, streetwise kid whose only soft spot is for his friend Johnny. Johnny is like a kid brother to him and Dally would stop at nothing to be there for him.
- Cherry Valance - Played by Diane Lane
Her boyfriend is the Soc that Johnny ends up killing to save Ponyboy from drowning. Her and Ponyboy have an understanding and become good friends.