"Nothing gold can stay," Ponyboy Curtis (C. Thomas Howell) memorably tells Johnny Cade (Ralph Macchio) in "The Outsiders," a line from a Robert Frost poem about how nothing good ever lasts. But 30 years after its release, the film has endured and become a touchstone coming-of-age movie that's quoted and rediscovered by new generations of teens.

On March 25, 1983, the 1960s teen drama hit the big screen featuring a cast jam-packed with future stars, including Tom Cruise, Matt Dillon, Patrick Swayze, and Diane Lane. The film was based on the best-selling S.E. Hinton novel about the rivalry between the James Dean wannabe "Greasers" and the rich "Socs" (short for "Socials"). It helped launch several careers, including that of Brat Packers Rob Lowe and Emilio Estevez. Francis Ford Coppola directed; he also went on to helm the more unconventional "Rumble Fish," based on another Hinton novel.

While we may not need to tell you where most of the cast is today, there are a few faces who've faded from the spotlight. To all of them (and especially to Ponyboy), we say, "Stay gold."

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The Outsiders
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A teen gang in rural Oklahoma, the Greasers are perpetually at odds with the Socials, a rival group.... Read More

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