3: The Outsiders

This week, we discuss an American classic: Francis Ford Coppola’s 1983 film The Outsiders. How does the film compare against Tom Cruise’s other literary adaptations? Why does this film feel so comfortably old-fashioned? What does it mean to stay gold?

Content Warnings: gun violence, domestic violence, violence against children, death of children

Unanswered Questions:

  • Is there, in theory, a better cut of the film than The Complete Novel?
  • What is the influence of S.E. Hinton over the original text, and over the film?
  • What is Dallas’ story, and is it a tragic arc?
  • Do we believe that things will change for Ponyboy Curtis?

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Join us next time as we head down Mexico way with Curtis Hanson’s 1983 film Losin’ It.

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