In the second of Francis Ford Coppola’s youth problem pictures adapted from SE Hinton’s popular novels, Matt Dillon stars as a vulnerable teenager who idolises his elder brother, Mickey Rourke, a former gang leader.
Unlike Coppola’s more conventional The Outsiders (1983), this alienated teen allegory finds him pulling out all the stylistic stops.
The drama is extremely mannered and the symbolism is a touch overdone, but it’s a visually startling knockout, brilliantly filmed in moody black and white with some dashes of colour.
B J Jackson
Francis Ford Coppola