Cinema: Playing Tough, Going Nowhere

THE OUTSIDERS Directed by Francis Coppola Screenplay by Kathleen Knutsen Rowell

"He's so greasy he glides when he walks." This is Tulsa 1966, where lines of class and style are drawn as sharply as in any war, and there is no demilitarized zone. On one side is the "greaser," teen descendant of Elvis, Brando and James Dean; poor white trash and proud of it. On the other side is the "soc" (rhymes with gauche), spiffy as Pat Boone, sweet and snooty as Sandra Dee. The greasers are wild boys of the road, skipping school, making...

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