The Outsiders: Complete Novel

1 h 54 min2017PG-13
In The Outsiders: The Complete Novel, director Francis Ford Coppola has revisited the epic with an added 22 minutes of footage that includes a beginning and ending more true to the book.
Francis Ford Coppola
C. Thomas HowellMatt DillonDiane Lane
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Ralph MacchioRob LowePatrick SwayzeEmilio EstevezTom CruiseLeif GarrettDarren DaltonGlenn WithrowMichelle MeyrinkTom WaitsWilliam SmithSofia CoppolaS.E. Hinton
Gray FredericksonFred Roos
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4.7 out of 5 stars

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Jaided DreamahReviewed in the United States on August 19, 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
True Fans HAVE to See This Version!! Complete!
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If you’re a fan of this movie, you need to watch this version. It mirrors the book so much more than the original release. In this version we actually see Johnny’s Mother at the hospital and we see Pony Boy go to trial for his part in the murder and how sick he got. You have to see this if you’re a tru3 fan. You’ll be glad you did!
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baygirl431Reviewed in the United States on May 21, 2022
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Better than the 1983 version, but...
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Coppola took Hinton's book and stripped all the heart out of it. He missed the entire point of the book which was the relationship between the brothers. In the movie, that was merely a foot note. I remember my 13-year old self being deeply disappointed in this movie. I loved the book, and while the movie had some of my favorite actors, it didn't capture the heart of the book. This version added more of the relationship between the brothers in, but still did not do it justice.
HangmansjokeReviewed in the United States on May 11, 2022
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One of the best movies
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Great movie, great cast. I love the additional footage, and the added music, adds a lot to the movie in my opinion. Read a comment where someone was calling it a cash grab, maybe so. I personally think the 20+ additional minutes, the much better music are well worth the cost of purchasing it again. I love this movie enough that I would buy it again for five more minutes!! True fans know that the more stuff from the book that is added, the better the movie is.
MommaBearReviewed in the United States on April 24, 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
Stay Gold Pony Boy.
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I read this when I was in the 7th grade. I’m
now in my 30’s. When I was homeschooling my 3 children we read this book and they all loved it. So it’s great for a wide range of ages. It’s easy to fall in love with the characters. My kiddos at the time were 8,10 &12. They still talk about the book. My now 14 year old is reading this in school and is proud that he already knows everything about it.
Jonathen BellReviewed in the United States on July 24, 2014
4.0 out of 5 stars
The original is an 80's classic. Love the new scenes, hate the added music
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This is a great movie, and if I was reviewing the original, I'd give it 5 stars. I found out about this version after I read Rob Lowe's "Stories I Only Tell My Friends", which I highly recommend. His book gives a very detailed behind-the-scenes look at the making of The Outsiders, and references many of the scenes that were cut from the original. For the most part, the additional scenes are welcome additions, and do a nice job of filling in some of the things that were puzzling or unclear in the original, like why does Pony Boy have a cut on his neck at the beginning of the movie. They also add a lot of depth to the relationship between the three brothers, especially Pony Boy and Soda Pop. I think anyone who has a brother could relate to this. The rating loses a star because of the strange music additions to this addition. In the original, the music was subdued, like in the first scenes when Pony, Johnny and Dallas are on their way to the drive in, with "Gloria" playing as background. It doesn't interfere with the action, but adds a gritty feeling underneath. There are many musical additions that range from distracting ("Wipeout" type guitar riffs during the rumble and church fire) to laughable (an Elvis song about trains during the train escape scenes, and a song with the lyrics "cut my hair" during the, you guessed it, scene when they cut their hair at the church). The added music is way too loud-- I don't know what, if anything, Coppola had to do with this edition, but I find it hard to believe that he or anyone else was paying attention to the sound mix. Maybe Coppola had always been jealous of the songs George Lucas used in American Graffiti, because they are all played at full volume in this version, just like in American Graffiti. They work in Lucas's movie because there is more movement and action. They destroy the drama in The Outsiders: The Complete Novel.

I don't remember reading the book, but I went to high school in the USA, so I must have read it at some point. I understand that the additional scenes make the movie more true to the book, so if you're a book reader, this might be the better version for you, but if you have never seen or read The Outsiders, watch the original movie first and come back to this later- think of it as a DVD special feature.

I should also mention that it is great to see all of the actors who went on to greatness after appearing in this movie. They are still learning their craft in a lot of scenes, but there's some real emotion and greatness there too.
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ChrisReviewed in the United States on July 5, 2022
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One of my favorite books growning up. Amazing story of coming into your own as a young adult, over coming tradegies and pulling together when you need your friends the most.
Elaine Reviewed in the United States on November 1, 2020
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Best Version
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It was great to see more of Rob Lowe’s youthful acting because he was cut from much of the initial version. There is much more character development and continuity with this “ The Outsiders: Complete Novel.” A lot of actors who came to the forefront were in this breakout film. They were good at their young ages but the book gave them these well-defined characters. Coppola at his early, yet brilliant best.

No one should be an “Outsider.” I was fortunate to grow up in a small town where everyone cared for each other. Rich, working class, poor, black, white, brown - we were a community. This book/movie was my first insight that not everyone had families like mine or cared about others like our little village did. I needed to know. I hope I have made a difference in my chosen field. I became a teacher because of this book. Now I am fast approaching retirement. This book can change lives.
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R PReviewed in the United States on May 31, 2022
4.0 out of 5 stars
Family movie time
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My teenage daughter watched the movie at school and asked us all to watch it again as a family. Great watch
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