The Outsiders

The Outsiders

DVD - 2008
Average Rating:
Rate this:
Francis Ford Coppola's stylized teen melodrama is based on the popular novel by S. E. Hinton. In 1960s Tulsa, the "right" and "wrong" sides of the tracks are represented by rival gangs, the upscale Socs and the underprivileged Greasers. Darrel Curtis (Patrick Swayze) is doing his best to raise his two younger brothers, Sodapop (Rob Lowe in his first film role) and Ponyboy (C. Thomas Howell). Sensitive Ponyboy is a budding writer in love with Cherry (Diane Lane), the unobtainable beauty from the enemy gang. When Ponyboy's buddy, troubled Johnny Cade (Ralph Macchio), kills one of the Socs in self-defense, their friend Dallas (Matt Dillon) helps the two youths hide out in an abandoned country church. There they live as exiles from a society that doesn't want them. But not all is lost, when Ponyboy, Johnny, and Dallas save some children caught in a fire they become unlikely heroes. -- from (Sep. 20, 2011).


From the critics

Community Activity


Add a Comment

May 23, 2018

Good adaption of the book. Not something I would watch again.

LiztheLibrarian Jan 26, 2018

The book is considered to be the first real YA novel, and the movie doesn't seem to disappoint. While it's not my cup of tea, it really resonates still with teens. My 13 yr old daughter loved reading the book and loves this movie.

Jan 22, 2018

I Really Like This Outsides Movie It Has Real Very Good Actors And Everything So If Some Of The Others Should Really See This Movies...

Jan 24, 2017

A rich gang known as “The Socials” and a poor gang called “The Greasers” are rival gangs. This movie had a touch of emotion as they developed the characters quite well and deepened the plot as the movie progressed. Two boys named Johnny and Ponyboy are confronted by Socs and they try to drown Ponyboy. Johnny retaliates by doing something crazy – he stabs a Soc, which kills him. They take refuge in a hideout at the advice of Dallas, the Greaser friend. The boys decide they want to set things right and say the murder was a result of self-defence. However, things do not go as planned. Johnny runs into a burning church to save some children, but gets terribly wounded in the process. Things take a turn for the worse here. Overall, what makes the movie so good is its plot and characters, and it’s definitely a good watch.
Rating: 4/5
- @JuiceboxZ of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

Dec 29, 2016

this movie was amazing and god, I was glad I was forced to read the book for English. I totally recommend this movie if you like action and drama

Mar 03, 2016

Lame movie. Acting was horrible. I was forced to watch this. I read the book...and I have to give the movie credit this movie is the same as the book. I recommend reading the book before seeing this. It will give you more of an understanding!

Nov 07, 2015

Francis Ford Coppola doesn't miss a single rebellious teen cliché in this cornfed mash-up of "West Side Story" and "Rebel Without a Cause" starring an entire cast of Tiger Beat heartthrobs. In a dried up little Oklahoma town circa 1965 the upper crust "Socials" gang enjoy all the privileges and no-iron polyester they can handle while their arch-rivals from the other side of the tracks, the "Greasers", have to make do with torn blue jeans and domestic violence. When a young Greaser gets into serious trouble with the law it sets in motion a series of events leading to tragic epiphanies, unexpected heroics, and the requisite police shoot-out. Unfortunately Coppola is not John Hughes; C. Thomas Howell, who plays wistful poetry-spouting Greaser "Ponyboy", is not James Dean; his sidekick Ralph Macchio is not Sal Mineo; and the songs of Stevie Wonder, Van Morrison, and Elvis Presley are not the teen anthems Coppola was aiming for. Hackneyed, dated, and overplayed to the point of satire. But the sunsets were lovely.

Oct 25, 2015

This is an awesome movie. It actually made me cry just like the book did. The idiot who played Steve (Tom Cruise!) was terrible, but everybody else was good.

Sep 26, 2015

My recollections of the book brought me to watch this. It's not a terrible movie, but the acting is lame, the characters just never really get into the story. But it was probably Martin Sheen's first role and all in all I'd say I'm happy to have spent the time to watch it.

Aug 29, 2015

Watched 30 minutes and shut it off. Found this on dashboard.
Did not watch long enough to see Tom Cruise. Interesting to see some of the young 1999 future stars.

View All Comments


Add Age Suitability

Jan 22, 2018

cnie2001 thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

Mar 03, 2016

ANABELLE H. PORTER thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

May 27, 2015

Angk4 thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

May 06, 2015

RobertGri thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 11 and 30


TAYLOR ALEXANDRA LANGE thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

Aug 07, 2013

Darth777Vader thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

Mar 18, 2013

DFX thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

Oct 22, 2012

zred thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

May 28, 2011

Barney_Stinson thinks this title is suitable for All Ages

Jun 23, 2010

miquela_love thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over


Add a Quote

Oct 03, 2014

Dallas: "...We gotta win that fight tonight. We gotta get even with those Socs! Let's do it for Jahnny, man. We'll do it for Jahnny!!"

TheOutsidersFanatic Sep 15, 2012

Stay gold, Ponyboy, stay gold.


Add a Summary

Jun 21, 2010

this book is about two groups of people the "greasers" and the "socs". Ponyboy and Johnny r two greasers who were jumped by five socs and they try to drown ponyboy and johnny ender up killing of of them. so johnny rea away and hid in a church. while they were there the church that they were hiding in cought on fire and there were five children about 5 years or younger in the church and ponyboy and johnny wert in to save them and after everyone was oct johnny shoved ponyboy out the window and than some of the roof fell on top of Johnny and broke his bach and dallas one of the greaseres ended up badley burning his arm after going tho save johnny. the rest of the story is for u to find out so if u really want to know u will have to read and find out.......


Add Notices

Jun 23, 2010

Violence: this book has alot of violence in it.There is alot of punching and kicking. they also use blades it cut people. there is also alot of coarse language.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number

Subject Headings


Find it at SSFPL

To Top