Film and Television

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

Saturday, June 18, 2022, 1:30 p.m.

The Autry: Wells Fargo Theater

Appropriate For: 
Free for Autry Members | Museum Admission Included with Ticket
Reservations Recommended | Space Is Limited
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About the Event

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 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, Vice President of Research and Interpretation. Q&A with screenwriter Kathleen Rowell following the screening 

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.