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July 3, 2024

Amazing Photos of a Young Tom Cruise as Steve Randle in “The Outsiders” (1983)

The Outsiders is a 1983 American coming-of-age crime drama film directed by Francis Ford Coppola. The film is an adaptation of the 1967 novel of the same name by S. E. Hinton. Jo Ellen Misakian, a librarian at Lone Star Elementary School in Fresno, California, and her students were responsible for inspiring Coppola to make the film.

The Outsiders started Rob Lowe and Tom Cruise’s careers, but Rob Lowe’s memory of Tom Cruise while shooting the film is particularly humorous. His reflections on working with Tom Cruise during The Outsiders also shed light on Cruise’s intense ambition and competitive spirit. The West Wing actor revealed, “Tom was ambitious, never met anybody more ambitious, and I am ambitious,” emphasizing the competitive environment on set. He noted how even with a smaller role, Cruise’s determination was palpable.

Lowe also recounted a unique aspect of their preparation for the film, where director Francis Ford Coppola envisioned the cast as gymnasts: “Tom’s part of Steve Randle was not a huge part, but Tom being Tom, he was ambitious. Francis also thought that we should all be gymnasts, for some reason. So we all had to learn to do backflips. Tom took it so seriously... He ended up being the only one who could do a backflip. It is in the movie The Outsiders for no reason. He runs out of the house and does a backflip for no reason, just to do it.”


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