What are three or more theme similarities and differences from the book and movie of The Outsiders?

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Since the Francis Ford Coppola film version of The Outsiders is quite faithful to the novel, there are certainly more similarities--especially in the themes--than differences to be found. The novel's primary themes--those of class conflict, loss of innocence, brotherhood, loyalty and search for one's self--are all evident in the movie. Both the book and film present vivid looks at the class conflict that arises between the Socs and greasers. The greasers, especially at the rumble, are very realistic looking young hoods. The loss of innocence (though it may be argued that none of the boys are innocent) can be seen when Pony and Johnny are forced to leave town following the death of Bob Sheldon. The theme of brotherhood is strong in both cases, but particularly in the film which includes a great cast of future stars (Patrick Swayze, Matt Dillon, Tom Cruise, Rob Lowe, Emilio Estevez) interacting in ensemble. The movie also deals beautifully with Johnny's and Pony's search for identity. Perhaps the most glaring difference in the movie is that Dally (Matt Dillon) has black hair--not blonde as described in the novel. The more recent DVD release (2005) adds 22 minutes not found in the original film version.

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