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Only 2.99 for 7 Colleen Coble e-books! If I hadn't already read 4 of the 7, I'd most definitely take advantage of this. 

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At 25th March of 1983, "The Outsiders" premiered in US theaters. "The Outsiders" is an American drama film directed by Francis Ford Coppola, an adaptation of the novel of the same name by S. E. Hinton. The film is noted for its cast of up-and-coming stars, including , C. Thomas Howell (who garnered a Young Artist Award), Rob Lowe, Emilio Estevez, Matt Dillon, Tom Cruise, Patrick Swayze, Ralph Macchio, and Diane Lane. The movie received mostly positive reviews from critics, and performed moderately well at the box office, grossing $33 million on a $10 million budget. The film also helped spark the Brat Pack genre of the 1980s.

Reeling from the commercial failure of 1982's "One from the Heart" and perhaps wary of his growing reputation as an obsessive monomaniac, in 1983 Francis Ford Coppola decided on "The Outsiders"; starring Tom Cruise, Matt Dillon, Rob Lowe and Patrick Swayze, as a self-consciously small project. The idea was suggested by a letter he was sent by a class of high-schoolers, who had in turn been inspired by their reading of S.E. Hinton's precocious debut novel of the same name.

The result was an engaging drama for young adults, "a children’s epic" as Coppola himself once described it. Set in Oklahoma during the 1960s, two gangs of teens get together for the odd rumble and generally make life unpleasant for each other in what would otherwise by a fairly nice but boring place.

One of the most striking features of "The Outsiders" is its cast. A goofy, but not yet toothy Cruise zips around the edges and Emilio Estevez is also very impressive. The central part of the drama flicks between a 'bromance' between a pre-"Karate Kid" (1984) Ralph Macchio as Johnny Cade and C. Thomas Howell's Ponyboy Curtis, with Swayze playing Ponyboy's older brother Darrel, who has given up everything to try and keep the family together after the death of both parents in an accident.

The surrounding gang is dominated by an older boy, Dallas (Dillon), whose nihilistic philosophy of life seems to be leading them into ever more extreme situations. Coppola's teen drama doesn't shy away from violence, drinking and drugs, yet the iconic director is always ready with a stylish flourish, the red that seeps across the scene for example to indicate a murder, to soften the impact.

At times, these stylistic interventions are almost operatic: Ponyboy and Johnny watch the sun set in a Technicolor moment worthy of "Gone with the Wind" (1939). "The Outsiders" would lead in the same year to Coppola's minor masterpiece "Rumble Fish", which would also star Matt Dillon, as well as Diane Lane and Tom Waits.

The theme does get complicated in the film. There are points in the film where it is suggested that there is no hope in living or trying to be innocent when one of the innocent characters die. There are also times in this film when it is not certain who contains innocence and if it can be regained.

It seems that some characters in this film are reminded of their wrong doings and try to make a difference. It is also questioning when the characters realize that they cannot change the society. Even though the theme seems complicated at times, the music really portrays the main ideas in the film. The music in this film was well thought out and portrayed the theme and the plot of the movie. The music was produced by Carmine Coppola who also produced the music for the Godfather films. The direction of Francis Coppola is excellent, with Coppola bringing a beautiful visual style and great camera angles giving the film a great atmosphere.

The book/film relationship is a little dull. Book fans will be disappointed that key scenes in the book are absent in the film. One female character doesn't even get so much as a mention. Though overall, it underrated and should deserve way more recognition than had since 1983. The ensemble cast is great, plus with the depiction of realistic characters and plot points, "The Outsiders" is a great read, a fabulous watch, and a touching story.

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