The Outsiders Movie Review Summary

Actors: C. Thomas Howell, Matt Dillon, Ralph Macchio, Patrick Swayze

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This story is about 14 year old Ponyboy Curtis and his "greaser" friends. It all begins when Johnny Cade(16) and Dallas Winston (about 17) sit behind 2 girls from the opposite gang. Dally being his natural self tried to pick up one of them but Johnny insists to leave her alone and Dally gets mad and leaves. Shortly after the movie Johnny, Ponyboy, and one of the gang (two-bit)walk the girls home only to find that the girls boyfriends are right behind them. The socs take their girlfriends home but after Ponyboy running away from Darrel his oldest brother goes to find Johnny and go to the park, the socs start drowning Ponyboy in the fountain because they had picked up their girls. Johnny scared that they might kill Ponyboy stabs one of the socs. Afterwards Johnny and Pony run to an old abandonded church on top of Jay Mountain. 5 days pass and Dallas goes up to see them and to take them to eat something at the DAIRY QUEEN. But trouble come when they go back to the church only to find out that it is in flames but with little kids trapped inside. Pony and Johny go in the church to save the kids and Dallas helps but that was only for worse. At the hospital Ponyboy is just fine and reunites with his brothers Darry(20) and Sodapop(16 going on 17). The next day Twobit and Pony go to see Johnny in the hospital only to find that he has a broken back and is badly burned and that "if" he lives he would be crippled for life. Dallas would be okay he only had one arm burned and would have use of it in 1 week.
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That night is the night of the rumble soc against grease. Dally escaped from the hospital to go fight and the greases win. After the rumble Dally and Pony go see Johnny in the hospital because he was about to die. They tell Johnny about beating the socs and Johnny tells ponyboy to stay gold. Johnny dies and Dally not being able to take it robs a grocery store and the police shoot him to death. The ending is very sad because Ponyboy finds a letter from Johnny and while he reads it he remembers Johnny and Dally and how close he had been with Johnny.

The movie is very sad but it is about friendship and belonging.
The review of this Movie prepared by Pamela

Ponyboy Curtis is a teenager being raised by his two older brothers, Darryl and Sodapop. The three brothers were orphaned when their parents were killed in a car accident. The oldest brother Darryl (Darry) is the most responsible, struggling to keep his brothers all together and out of trouble.

    The Curtis brothers are part of a neighborhood gang of well meaning thugs called greasers, whose main rival is a group of rich kids called Socs. One night, Ponyboy and his friend Johnny are involved in the self defense killing of one of the Socs, and have to split town with the aid of their friend, Dallas Winston. Ponyboy and Johnny hide out in an abandoned church for about a week until it catches fire. They end up saving a bunch of school children who are on a field trip to the church (why this church was chosen as a field trip destination, is never explained) who are caught in the fire.

    Johnny ends up in intensive care for injuries suffered in the fire and Ponyboy returns home.
The review of this Movie prepared by Stephanie

This is the story of Ponyboy Curtis, a teen from the wrong side of the tracks in 1960's Tulsa, Oklahoma. The movie chronicles one week that changes his life and his outlook.

Orphaned and living with his brothers, Ponyboy goes to a drive~in movie with his friends Dallas and Johnny. A run in with the wealthy "socs" leaves a teenager dead and Ponyboy and Johnny on the run, holed up in a country church, waiting for Dallas.

Dallas arrives, but with him, tragedy. The three boys
become unlikely heroes after a fire ravages the church with children trapped inside. Ponyboy, Johnny, and Dallas save the children but seem unable to save themselves. Johnny dies of injuries from the fire and Dallas is unable to cope, he dies by a dramatic "suicide by cop". These events leave Ponyboy reeling, struggling with the criminal and heroic aspects of his friends, their untimely deaths, and his place and purpose in society.
The review of this Movie prepared by jade

This movie is about Pony Boy Curtis, a young teenager being raised by his brothers on the poor side of town, his friend Johnny and the rest of their gang called the "greasers". When an altercation with their rivals the "rich kid Socs", turns deadly, Pony Boy and Johnny have to run to the country to hide from the law. There they drop a little of their "tough guy" acts and rediscover their innocence; they even save some little kids from a burning building. But when Johnny gets hurt, they return to the city, and the violence that exists there.
   As the gang prepares for a "rumble" with the Socs, Johnny tries to remind Pony Boy to "stay gold", to keep his innocence. Pony finds a note from Johnny, asking him to remind the rest of their teenage friends that there is more to life than just being "outsiders".

The review of this Movie prepared by Autumn

The Outsiders is a coming of age story about teenagers growing up to fast in Tulsa, Oklahoma and learning to cope with their social and economic problems. Ponyboy is a greaser hardened by reputation and soft on the inside by a dream of one day finally being excepted. During this time Ponyboy has to fight for his right to live and learn to love his brothers. Together they learn to overcome what they were afraid of and help save the lives of others.
The review of this Movie prepared by Elise

Ponyboy Curtis is a low class guy who is a "greaser". He has brothers and buddies to hang around with to avoid getting jumped by the rich "Socs". Everything is fine until somebody ends up being killed , and it changes their lives around.
The review of this Movie prepared by Kathleen Devera

This movie is based on S.E. Hintons classic book of The Outsiders. Its is about Socs (rich kids) and Greasers (kids growing up on the wrong side of the tracks). The socs attack some of the greasers and a soc gets killed. Now the greasers are on the run with the advice of Dally.
They get more than they wanted and found themselves saving little kids from the fire. And someone gets hurt. A storms brews between the Greasers and the Socs.
The review of this Movie prepared by Kaitlyn

This is a decent adaptation of an outstanding story. Ponyboy and his brothers, orphaned in a car crash, along with their gang of friends, must fight to be recognized as people in society. They face the Socs, the upperclass, who cause the deaths of two of Pony's gang members and one of their own. However, Pony is the main focus, and along with overcoming adversity from the Socs, he also struggles to find his place in the world and in his home with his older brothers. It is a touching story, and while it leaves a lot to be desired, it also provides a glimmer of hope at the end. Teenagers everywhere will be able to empathize with Pony's coming-of-age struggles, and will fall in love with the parentless, ruleless world they inhabit.
The review of this Movie prepared by Amy

Ponyboy and Johnny run away from home after Ponyboy has a fight w/his brother Darry. They end up being confronted by their rival gang, the Soc's. (short for Socials) After a brawl, Johnny stabs a soc, and kills him. He stabbed him b/c he was drowning Ponyboy in the fountain. They leave town to hide out and let the news of the murder die down. They take a train out to the country, where they stay in an abandoned church. One day they leave for a while to get lunch with Dallas (Matt Dillon) and when they return, a fire is engulfing the church, where children are trapped inside. Johnny and Ponyboy rush in to save the kids, but the ceiling falls on Johnny, breaking his back. He ends up dying in the hospital. Dallas is very upset, he ends up robbing a convenience store. He gets shot in the process, and dies in the street. The ending is with Ponyboy reading a letter from Johnny, where he seems to find some final peace.
The review of this Movie prepared by Vikky Caulkins

   The Outsiders is an amazingly emotional movie based upon the phenominal book written by S.E. Hinton. This movie deals with two gangs in Tulsa, Oklahoma. These two gangs are called the socs (short for socials) and the greasers. The socs have money and a future, on the other hand, the greasers are not so wealthy and must earn their future. The movie takes place in 1966. Ponyboy is the main character who loves with his two brothers, Darry and Sodapop, after thier parents died in a tragic car accident. They live in a bit of a rough neighborhood and get into rumbles with the socs. The socs also "jump" the greasers. Since the greasers are lower class they are "Outsiders" from society. Johnny dies after him and Ponyboy try to save some children in a burnig church. Johnny gets his back broken when the roof caves in. Also, Dallas gets killed when he rips off a store and the police shoot him. When Bob tries to kill Ponyboy, Johnny stabs Bob. This is where all of the conflicts start. This movie is the best I've seen by far!
The review of this Movie prepared by Natalie

This movie tested the boundries of crossing social lines. A soc being seen at the drive-in with a greaser is a pretty big deal. It also sets off the entire chain of events of the movie, eventually leading to the deaths of 3 teens. Being seen with The greasers, Cherrys Boysfriend starts trouble with the greasers. In defense, Johnny Cade kills one. While on the run, Johnny is injured in a church fire, and Dally sets himself up for death after finding out Johnny didnt make it. I am 30 years old, and the Outsiders was one of the biggest influences of my teenage life. It tells an accurate story of what its like to be involved in the war of the social classes, which most teens can identify with. An Awesome movie, and book.
The review of this Movie prepared by Michelle Smith

Its a film about the teenage years that ranks in its own lyrical way with rebel without a cause and american graffiti.
   Teenagers come in two ways. If your a soc (shot for socials) you'v got money, cars and a future but if you'r a greaser your an outsider with nothing but your friends and a dream of someday that you will finally belong.
The review of this Movie prepared by francesca

Ponyboy is a teenager in high school who is just trying to fit in. However, he belongs to a lower class of people who live on the poor side of town. When Ponyboy and his friend, Johnny, are attacked by some rich kids, Johnny kills one of them to save Ponyboy's life. They decide to run instead of turning themselves in. This movie also stars Rob Lowe, Diane Lane, Emilio Estevez, Tom Cruise, and Leif Garrett.
The review of this Movie prepared by Harlee

Script Analysis of The Outsiders

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Plot & Themes

Time/era of movie:    -   1960's-1970's Kids growing up/acting up?    -   Yes Kids:    -   committing crimes    -   boozing    -   general coming of age story Parent(s) gone?    -   Orphan story Poverty story?    -   Yes Age group    -   trouble in high school

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   student Age:    -   a teen Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White American


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Deep South    -   Midwest City?    -   Yes Small town?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Any profanity?    -   Occasional swearing If this is a kid's movie...    -   Ages 10-15 Is this movie based on a    -   book

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