The Outsiders remains a timeless film while helping kickstart actors’ careers

Chloe Grimm, Staff Reporter

With so many famous movies from the 1980s, The Outsiders is one of the biggest to help kickstart many famous actors’ careers. The movie is action-packed with a touch of romance.

Airing in theaters in 1983, The Outsiders is set in 1965 Tulsa, Oklahoma, when “greasers” and “socs” were rivals. C. Thomas Howell stars as main character Ponyboy Curtis, who is part of a family with deceased parents. Patrick Swayze plays Darry Curtis, who acts as the parent of the family. Sodapop Curtis, played by Rob Lowe, is another brother; the entire family supports each other as greasers, even through tough times. Other greasers that are treated as part of the family are Johnny Cade (Ralph Macchio), Dallas Winston (Matt Dillon), Two-Bit Matthews (Emilio Estevez) and Steve Randle (Tom Cruise). 

In this enthralling movie, Johnny gets into trouble with Bob Sheldon (Leif Garret) to protect Ponyboy from drowning, which causes more thrilling scenes.  There is also a touch of unexpected romance with soc Cherry (Sherry) Valance (Diane Lane) and Ponyboy, but the differences in their social classes makes it difficult for them to create a healthy relationship.

In the movie, some parts are faster or slower moving than others which can confuse the audience. The content in the movie is heart moving. Another great part of The Outsiders, is that it is not just an action movie, but there are tears and romance that can fit any audience. Based on the 1967 book by S.E. Hinton, director, Francis Ford Coppola, does a great job capturing many moments in the story. A cool extra in the movie is that S.E. Hinton is actually in the movie as the nurse. This small detail makes the movie even better.

If searching for an 80’s movie to watch, The Outsiders is a great choice, with an inspiring story and heartfelt characters.