According to Ponyboy, there are two kinds of people in the world: greasers and socs. A soc (short for "social") has money, can get away with just about anything, and has an attitude longer than a limousine. A greaser, on the other hand, always lives on the outside and needs to watch his back. Ponyboy is a greaser, and he's always been proud of it, even willing to rumble against a gang of socs for the sake of his fellow greasers--until one terrible night when his friend Johnny kills a soc. The murder gets under Ponyboy's skin, causing his bifurcated world to crumble and teaching him that pain feels the same whether a soc or a greaser.
Coming-of-age drama about teenagers growing up in the 1950s Midwest. The youngest of three orphaned brothers gets into trouble with the law after he and his "greaser" friend are attacked at a park by the rich "socs."
Release Date: March 25, 1983
Release Time: 91 minutes (original theatrical version)
115 minutes (2005 complete novel version)
C. Thomas Howell as Ponyboy Curtis
Ralph Macchio as Johnny Cade
Matt Dillon as Dallas Winston
Rob Lowe as Sodapop Curtis
Patrick Swayze as Darrel Curtis
Emilio Estevez as Keith Matthews Aka Two-Bit
Tom Cruise as Steve Randle
Glenn Withrow as Tim Shepard
Diane Lane as Cherry Valance
Leif Garrett as Robert 'Bob' Sheldon
Darren Dalton as Randy Adderson
Michelle Meyrink as Marcia
Tom Waits as Buck Merrill
Gailard Sartain as Jerry Wood
S. E. Hinton as nurse in Dallas's hospital room.
William Smith as Store Clerk
Tom Hillmann as Greaser in Concession Stand
Young Artist Awards
C. Thomas Howell won for "Best Young Motion Picture Actor in a Feature Film"
Diane Lane was nominated for "Best Young Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
Film was nominated for "Best Family Feature Motion Picture"
13th Moscow International Film Festival
Francis Ford Coppola was nominated for the Golden Prize
S.E. Hinton, was and still is, one of the most popular and best known writers of young adult fiction. Her books have been taught in some schools, and banned from others. Her novels changed the way people look at young adult literature.
Susan Eloise Hinton was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She has always enjoyed reading but wasn't satisfied with the literature that was being written for young adults, which influenced her to write novels like The Outsiders. That book, her first novel, was published in 1967 by Viking.