"Nature's first green is gold,
Her hardest hue to hold.
Her early leaf's a flower;
But only so an hour.
Then leaf subsides to leaf.
So Eden sank to grief,
So dawn goes down to day.
Nothing gold can stay."

--Robert Frost, "Nothing Gold Can Stay" (1923), featured in S.E. Hinton's book, The Outsiders (1967) and its film adaptation (1983)

"Stay gold, Nancyboy."

--Me to my little brother after he foolishly revealed that he cried when reading the part of S.E. Hinton's The Outsiders in which the oh-so-sensitive Johnny Cade dies (1985)


I was never really a fan of S(usan) E(loise) Hinton's book about wild boys on the loose in Tulsa, Oklahoma in the 1960's, but based on the cult of popularity that the millions-selling, often translated novel has spawned, I am in the minority. I must admit, though, that Francis Ford Coppola's new cut of his 1983 film, re-dubbed The Outsiders: The Complete Novel, is an impressive love letter not only to fans of the phenomenally popular book, but to anyone who's ever loved anything passionately.
categories Dvds, Cinematical