The Outsiders (1983)

A thread to talk about anything on The Outsiders, Tulsa and S.E. Hinton.

Taken from here.

Mitchell
That’s so weird. Our friend Grace, who’s just a couple of years older than you (and a Kauluwela alumnus) said pretty much exactly the same thing: she and some friends went to that on their own, which would have been ninth grade, and she mentioned seeing it at the Marina.

Arlyn
Kauluwela represent! Speaking of Matt Dillon, did anyone see The Outsiders at Kuhio Theaters? Man, 1983 was a good year for movies.

Reid
I’ve never seen The Outsiders. Would you recommend reading the novel?

Arlyn
I’d recommend the novel. It has one of the best opening lines I’ve ever read. I felt Coppola stayed true to the book and prefer the original The Outsiders film over the 2005 re-released “complete novel” where he added scenes and changed the score. Because I’d seen it so many times, listening to the new score sounded really foreign. I’d be interested to hear your thoughts since you’ve never seen it.

Reid
Thanks for the feedback on The Outsiders. I’ll let you know if I see and/or read the film/book.

Mitchell
It’s one of the greatest YA novels ever written. Your kids will almost surely read it someday, so you might as well read it too.

S.E. Hinton famously wrote it when she was sixteen.

8 Responses to “The Outsiders (1983)”


  1. Arlyn

    Starting this thread since this movie pretty much changed my life.

    Thinking back, after watching The Outsiders in 1983, I started seeking out movies by the film’s director, Francis Ford Coppola (I’d watch The Godfather on cable later that same year) and eventually wanted to know more about Al Pacino and also John Cazale.

    I’ll be posting stuff related to The Outsiders so be warned of spoilers.

  2. Mitchell

    Holy cow; your parents let you watch The Godfather at that age? What were they thinking?

  3. Arlyn

    We had HBO and they were at work. Plus it’s a great movie!

  4. Mitchell

    I haven’t seen the film, despite having a digital, um, copy of it somewhere. The girls at my school were typically Outsiders crazy, and one of them told me the book was really good so I read it that year. That was the same year Grace gave me my first Madeleine L’Engle books for Christmas: The Arm of the Starfish and A Wrinkle in Time. This is relevant.

    The last stanza of Robert Frost’s “Two Tramps in Mud Time” plays a significant part in The Arm of the Starfish, and that set me off on a Robert Frost infatuation that pretty much never left me. He’s still one of my two favorite poets, and the best example of American poetry I can think of. This is still relevant, which is clear to anyone familiar with the novel.

    I read The Outsiders that same year and another Robert Frost poem, “Nothing Gold Can Stay,” plays a significant part of that novel. After several readings of that book, I had it memorized even though I never set out to memorize it. I still know that poem by heart. I also know the last stanza of “Two Tramps in Mud Time” by heart. That poem is waaay too long to memorize.

    “Nature’s first green is gold…”

  5. Arlyn

    Who’s your other favorite poet?

  6. Arlyn

    Nothing Gold Can Stay

    Nature’s first green is gold
    Her hardest hue to hold.
    Her early leaf’s a flower;
    But only so an hour.
    Then leaf subsides to leaf.
    So Eden sank to grief,
    So dawn goes down to day.
    Nothing gold can stay.

    — Robert Frost

  7. Mitchell

    Cummings.

  8. Arlyn

    The opening scene in the 2005 version of the film.

    Built in 1928, the Circle Theater is the oldest theater in Tulsa still in existence.

    Circle Theater
    Twelve South Lewis Ave
    Tulsa, Oklahoma 74104

    When I stepped out into the bright sunlight from the darkness of the movie house, I had only two things on my mind: Paul Newman and a ride home.

    – S.E. Hinton, The Outsiders (1967)

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