The plot of the movie "The Outsiders" stems from a fight in which character Johnny, a low-income "Greaser," played by Ralph Macchio, stabs an upper-class "Soc" because he was attempting to drown his friend Pony Boy, who is played by C. Thomas Howell. With the help of an older friend, Dally, played by Matt Dillon, the boys flee town and go into hiding in an abandoned church.
The boys have to adapt to life with no connections to anyone but Dally, who brings them food, playing cards and Pony Boy's favorite books. The story takes an even more dramatic turn when a cigarette sparks a fire in the church and Johnny receives critical burns. Pony Boy pays Johnny a visit while he is in the hospital, and Johnny tells him to "stay gold." This line ultimately becomes the tag line for both the book and the movie. Vowing revenge for what has happened to Johnny, Dally sets out to handle the Soc gang, sparking a new chain of events.
"The Outsiders" was directed by Francis Ford Coppola and based on a book of the same name written by S.E. Hinton. The film was released in the United States on March 25, 1983.