Film and Television / Lectures and Workshops

(POSTPONED) What Is a Western? Film Series: The Outsiders  (1983)

Part of the series What is a Western? Film Series

(This Event Has Been Postponed.)

The Autry in Griffith Park

Admission: 
Free for Members | Included With Museum Admission
RSVP/Reservations: 
Reservations Recommended | Space Is Limited

About the Event

This event has been postponed. Refunds will be automatically processed during the week of January 37,  2022. We regret the inconvenience and look forward to announcing the future date of this program soon! 

Screened in 35mm! Set in 1960s Tulsa, this coming-of-age classic pits a group of destitute, renegade teens—or "Greasers"—against the society that seeks to contain them, embodied in their privileged cross-town rivals, the "Socs" (socials). As they battle for dignity and respect, they are enveloped in a series of tragedies that speak to the struggles and limitations of the working class within a newly urban American West.  

The Outsiders gave rise to the "brat-pack" genre of the 1980s, and the angst of suburban adolescence that remains a cornerstone of teen dramas today.  

Introduced by Amy Scott, the Autry’s Vice President of Research and Interpretation. 

Directed by Francis Ford Coppola | Starring C. Thomas Howell, Matt Dillon, and Ralph Macchio 

Screenplay by Kathleen Rowell | Based on a novel by S.E. Hinton 


The What is a Western? Film Series explores the wide range of movies that can be considered Westerns, and the ways in which they shape our understanding of the American West. Each screening includes a guest lecturer who will introduce the film and explain its significance in the genre.