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Stay gold, Ponyboy. Stay gold.

September 12, 2015

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Wednesday, September 16th

Hand & Detail, 280 Meeker Ave, Bklyn, NY 11211

7:30pm – Hot Rod, Classic Car Parking available. First come first serve. 

8:30pm – The Outsiders (1983)

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It was your bright idea, smarty.

Cine Meccanica is thrilled to present a very special screening of the classic greaser flick The Outsiders. This classic tale of greasers and socs, has always been a dark favorite of mine. Genius cast, a beautiful adaptation of the novel by S. E. Hinton, directed by Francis Ford Coppola, what else could you want?

Well I’m glad you asked. We think you want to see it at a DRIVE-IN…and urban DRIVE-IN in the wilds of Brooklyn, under the smoggy stars, surrounded by hot rods, classic cars, and vintage motorcycles. because…DRIVE-IN!

With the help of Bobby Redd (and after over a decade of plotting and fighting for this) we have put together the first DRIVE-IN in NYC in god knows how long. So, cuff those jeans like you’re “waitin on a floodin”, roll a pack of smokes into that greasy white tee sleeve, lace those cons, and throw the kiddies in the rumble seat to head on over to Hand & Detail.

We’ll have the concession stand hoppin’ with drinks, popcorn…and even a mobile wood fired pizza oven courtesy of Park Luncheonette.

Be there or be square, cause this don’t happen often. See you at the flicks!

Corinna Mantlo

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They grew up on the outside of society. They weren’t looking for a fight. They were looking to belong.

The Outsiders is a 1983 American drama film directed by Francis Ford Coppola, an adaptation of the novel of the same name by S. E. Hinton. The film was released on March 25, 1983. Jo Ellen Misakian, a librarian atLone Star Elementary School in Fresno, California, and her students were responsible for inspiring Coppola to make the film.[1]

The film is noted for its cast of up-and-coming stars, including , C. Thomas Howell (who garnered a Young Artist Award), Rob Lowe, Emilio Estevez, Matt Dillon, Tom Cruise, Patrick Swayze, Ralph Macchio, and Diane Lane. The film helped spark the Brat Pack genre of the 1980s. Both Lane and Dillon went on to appear in Coppola’s related film Rumble Fish. Emilio Estevez went on to be in ‘That Was Then… This Is Now, the only S.E. Hinton film adaptation not to star Matt Dillon.

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I gotta cut smoking or I’ll never make track next year.

In 1965 Tulsa, Oklahoma, Greasers are a gang of tough, low-income working-class teens. They include Ponyboy Curtis (Howell) and his two older brothers, Sodapop (Lowe) and Darrel (Swayze), as well as Johnny Cade (Macchio), Dallas Winston (Dillon), Two-Bit Matthews (Estevez), and Steve Randle (Cruise). Their rivalry is with the Socs (pronounced /ˈsʃɪz/ soh-shiz), a gang of wealthier kids from the other side of town.

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I’m sorry. I didn’t know you had this problem with yelling in my face.

Two Socs, Bob Sheldon (Garrett) and Randy Adderson (Dalton), confront Johnny, Ponyboy, and Two-Bit, who are talking to the Socs’ girlfriends, Cherry (Lane) and Marcia (Meyrink), at a drive-in theater. The girls defuse the situation by going home with the Socs. Later that night, Ponyboy and Johnny are attacked in a park by Bob, Randy, and three other Socs. They begin dunking Ponyboy in a fountain, but Johnny pulls out his switchblade and stabs Bob, accidentally killing him.

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Man that was one tough car. Mustangs, they’re tough.

On the advice of Dallas, Ponyboy and Johnny leave town, and hide out in an abandoned church in Windrixville. Ponyboy bleaches his hair with peroxide in case anybody spots him. He reads Gone with the Wind and quotes the Robert Frost poem “Nothing Gold Can Stay“. Dallas arrives with news that Cherry has offered to support the boys in court, that he told the police that Johnny and Pony were in Texas, and gives Pony a note from Sodapop. They go out for food, then return to find the church on fire with children trapped inside.

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I hope I never see Dallas Winston again. If I do I’d… probably fall in love with him.

The Greasers turn into heroes as they rescue the kids from the burning church. It doesn’t take long for Ponyboy and Dally to heal up. Johnny, on the other hand, ends up with a broken back and severe burns. The boys are praised for their heroism, but Johnny is charged with manslaughter for killing Bob, while Ponyboy may be sent to a boys’ home.

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We gotta win that fight tonight. We gotta get even with those Socs! Let’s do it for Johnny, man. We’ll do it for Johnny!

Bob’s death has sparked calls from the Socs for “a rumble,” which the Greasers win. Dallas drives Ponyboy to the hospital to visit Johnny. Johnny is unimpressed by the victory, and dies after telling Ponyboy to “stay gold,” referring to the Frost poem. Unable to bear Johnny’s death, Dallas wanders through the hospital, pretending to shoot a doctor with his unloaded gun, which clicks harmlessly. He then robs a grocery store with the same gun, but he is shot and wounded by the owner as he flees. Pursued by the police, Dallas is surrounded in a park and the police kill him after he repeatedly refuses to drop his unloaded gun. Ponyboy is eventually cleared of wrongdoing in Bob’s death and allowed to stay with his brothers.

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WHY DO YOU BOTHER HELPING PEOPLE, HUH? It doesen’t do any good.

Turning the pages of Johnny’s copy of Gone with the Wind, Ponyboy finds a letter from Johnny saying that saving the children was worth sacrificing his own life. The story ends as it began, with Ponyboy writing a school report about his experiences. – IMDB

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