"I remember Francis coming up to me and saying, "Uh, you can go home now." Coming up to me and sending me home. Early. I remember thinking "Oh, you blew it, man. You didn't get the job,there's no way." and I remember going and calling my manager from Grand Central saying, "I blew it. I didn't get it, no way."and being very depressed about it. ONLY to find out that the reason he sent me home was because he knew he would cast me in the film, later on I discovered that. Of course it was a highlight for me." -Matt Dillon on auditioning for The Outsiders
I’m absolutely in love with this picture. Now, Please don’t take that the wrong way. It is also very saddening because of the fact that this is the scene Dallas dies in. No my friends, I love this picture because It’s shows the true loyalty the greasers have for each other. It’s a beautiful thing. If I was teaching a class on loyalty this is the picture I would use for my example. Because, even as Dal is being shot at, The gang continues to run toward the shots and Dal. Now, Tell me if I’m wrong, but most people run away from gun shots. Even if their friends are being shot at. They run away or hide till the shooting stops. Not these guys. And they knew Dally robbed a store at gun point. They know he did something wrong. Also, Dallas knew Pony had never been all that found of him. And Dallas care for Johnny more than anyone. But his last word was “Pony.” Not Johnny. Pony. That says something. Weather that means that Dally realized in that moment that Pony had lost way to many people for only being 14 years old or that he cared for Pony just as much as much as he cared for Johnny.. who can say. But it did show that he had a heart under all that Leather, Cigarette smoke, and Bad behavior. Of course we already knew he had a heart of gold. And another reason I love this picture is that it shows that Dally is Just as sad as Soda, If not Johnny. Johnny and Dallas balanced each other in that area of life. There sadness was equal compatible so they stuck with each other. With out one the other was utterly lost. Like a child who wandered away from his parents in the super market. And that is why I, Ponyboy-curtass aka Toni, would use this picture as an example for a lesson on loyalty.
“I’ve been thinking about it, and that poem, that guy that wrote it, he meant you’re gold when you’re a kid, like green. When you’re a kid everything’s new, dawn. It’s just when you get used to everything that it’s day. Like the way you dig sunsets, Pony. That’s gold. Keep that way, it’s a good way to be.”