Overwrought and over produced adaptation of the Hinton novel that fails to engage hurt most by its maudlin score and over emotive cast. Coppola has made some of the most enduring classics in cinema history....this isn't one of them. The average girl scout group comes off as more threatening then this group of 'toughs'.
Cinematography by Stephen H. Burum. "Desire" list: Howell, Dillon, Macchio, Swayze, Lowe, Estevez, Cruise, as teens, what a gang! Bang! Forever preserved as gold in one of the most extraordinary and underrated Coppola films. Rebels with a cinematographic cause.
I remember reading the book and watching the film for my freshman or sophomore year in high school...found it rather too grandiose and fanciful even for my age then. I do prefer Rumble Fish (which I saw, incidentally, on a "sick" day off from school), in both story and style, for it is certainly Coppola's better stab at S.E. Hinton.
I think this movie has a lot more substance and character than many were lead to believe. The performances are fantastic and the writing although flawed in areas in powerful. This is a great film. I fail to see where all the negativity arose from.