THE OUTSIDERS


C. Thomas Howel Ponyboy Curtis
Matt Dillon Dallas Winston
Ralph Macchio Johnny Cade
Patrick Swayze Darrel Curtis
Rob Lowe Sodapop Curtis
Emilio Estevez Two-Bit Matthews
Tom Cruise Steve Randle

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The Outsiders is a movie I grew up on– a tight-knit group of greaser misfits from Tulsa, Oklahoma (circa 1966) just trying to survive the only way they knew how. The film was originally released to mixed reviews– a lot of people seemed upset that Coppola would choose to do a movie about teen angst– but Coppola never truly meant it to be about that at all — his intensions were probably not what you’d think. What inspired Coppola was, believe it or not, a middle school class (who were fans of The Godfather) that wrote to him about making a new sort of gangster film — based on novel they had read, The Outsiders. Coppola read the book himself, and was moved to not only do The Outsiders– he also adapted Rumble Fish, starring Micket Rourke and Matt Dillon, into a movie the year after. It’s a classic that launched a lot of guy’s careers. It’s also a must-see for vintage, tough as nails, greaser-style, denim looks.

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After the rumble… Emilio Estevez as Two-Bit, Rob Lowe as Soda Pop, C. Thomas Howell asPonyboy, Patrick Swayze as Darry, and Tom Cruise asSteve Randle. Cruise thought the chipped tooth looked tough, and was pretty proud of it. It was actually his idea to give Randle the chipped tooth, worn with pride — kinda like flipping the bird to the perfect world with their high ideals and perfect chompers. Local guys were used as extras in the film’s rumble scene. According to Swayze it got “…a little too real. One guy cold-cocked me square in the face, so I knocked him out. I really didn’t mean to.

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Two-bit was the lovable psycho, and one of my favorite characters. Too bad Emilio couldn’t have strung together a few good roles after The Outsiders. He could have really been somebody. No, The Breakfast Club doesn’t count — unless you’re a chick.

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Coppola had Swayze, Howell and Lowe live together in the house during filming to forge their bond.

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“Stay Gold” Ponyboy.

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