The Outsiders features a “who’s who” of actors from the 1980s. At the time of the movie, all of the stars were young and not yet superstars. However, every single actor in the poster above became huge in the 80s - Patrick Swayze, Matt Dillon, Rob Lowe (not super creepy Rob Lowe), Tom Cruise, C.Thomas Howell, Ralph Macchio, and Emilio Estevez. And not to be left out, Diane Lane also appeared in the movie.
The Outsiders is based on a novel by S.E. Hilton from 1967 and follows the lives of a gang named the Greasers (they wore lots of grease in their hair) and their rivalry against the upper-class Socs. As for a plot, I can’t say there really is one, but it’s still an enjoyable movie to watch and it’s entertaining to see all the aforementioned actors before they hit it big.
The older I get, the more I think that our natural state is to constantly change—to be carried forward on a rushing river, past boulders and trees and moose and logs, and it’s only when we consciously decide to try to stop ourselves—when we lasso one of the trees to hold our position—that we actually start to slow down.
Identifying with anything—choosing to attach ourselves to movies, or stories, or artwork, or people, or the versions of ourselves we are when those movies and stories and works and people are in front of us—is choosing to stop in the river. Deciding what, in the great rush of things passing by, has meaning for us, and means enough to hold onto, is how we become who we are. It’s how we construct who we are: how we freeze something when its natural state is to move.