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What are all the differences between the movie and the book The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton?

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shakeer1210 | Student, Grade 10 | eNoter

Posted March 13, 2012 at 2:51 PM via web

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What are all the differences between the movie and the book The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton?

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bullgatortail | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted March 13, 2012 at 9:35 PM (Answer #1)

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The Francis Ford Coppola production of The Outsiders is actually more faithful to the original novel than most film adaptations. Probably the most glaring difference was the decision to cast Matt Dillon and his black hair as Dallas Winston, who had blonde hair in the novel. Other differences:

  • The dream sequence in the movie actually shows the Curtis brothers' parents being killed in a car/train crash. In the novel, it was only mentioned as an auto accident.
  • Dally is shown robbing the store and being wounded in the film; in the novel, he tells that he has robbed the store via telephone, and he is not wounded.
  • An early scene in the movie shows Dally chasing kids who are playing cards; this is not mentioned in the novel.
  • The rich west side Socs and poor east side greasers are changed to rich south and poor north in the film.
  • Of all the characters, Soda seems to be less developed in the film. There is only one mention of his relationship with Sandy, and we hear nothing of Soda's love of horses or rodeo.

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