THE OUTSIDERS
1983, Warner Bros., 91 min, USA, Dir: Francis Ford Coppola

Director Francis Ford Coppola’s adaptation of S.E. Hinton’s novel of 1960s teen gang violence in Oklahoma pits the "Greasers" against the "Socs." Matt Dillon, Ralph Macchio, Vincent Spano and Patrick Swayze head an all-star ensemble cast, representing the two sides of the tracks. Theatrical release cut.


MAGNOLIA
1999, Warner Bros., 188 min, USA, Dir: Paul Thomas Anderson

Director Paul Thomas Anderson’s mosaic of American life woven through a series of comic and poignant vignettes centers on one day in the San Fernando Valley. A dying father, a trophy wife (Julianne Moore), a caretaker (Philip Seymour Hoffman), a flashy and misogynist self-help guru (Tom Cruise), a police officer in love (John C. Reilly), a boy genius, an ex-boy genius (William H. Macy), a game-show host (Philip Baker Hall) and an estranged daughter (Melora Walters) each become part of a dazzling multiplicity of plots devolving into one magnificent story.


DAYS OF THUNDER
1990, Paramount, 107 min, USA, Dir: Tony Scott

Do you feel the need for speed? The TOP GUN team of producers Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer, director Tony Scott and star Tom Cruise reunited for this high-octane drama set in the world of auto racing. Cruise plays a hot-shot rookie recruited to drive for a NASCAR team under the tutelage of Robert Duvall; Nicole Kidman plays a doctor who falls in love with the young racer after a crash (the sparks flew in real life as well - Cruise and Kidman married shortly after the film premiered). Robert Towne penned the screenplay to this huge hit, which also features Michael Rooker, Randy Quaid, and Cary Elwes.


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