Read S.E. Hinton's book before watching the movie. Definitely thought the book was better, but Matt Dillon, Emilio Estevez, and Meg Tilly are all stand outs in this movie. I just wish Tim Hunter had gone over some of the parts from book that were left out of the movie, but I still enjoyed it though. Worth checking out.
I still remember how I saw this film. It was on a pirated betamax titled Tootsie and Tex. I thought it was the title of a movie, as it turns out there were 2 movies in it, one was Tootsie. This was the other and it bored me to tears back then.