The Outsiders

Plot hole: The pictures used in the newspaper article regarding the fire are obviously taken after Ponyboy and Johnny ran away since Pony's hair is blond and Johnny's is short (their hair was cut and dyed after they ran, ruling out the photos being old school photos), yet Johnny's face is free of burns. This would mean the pictures were taken while they were hiding in the church, which would be impossible.

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Suggested correction: In the book, Ponyboy had his picture taken in the hospital, after the church set fire, and once his hair was dyed blonde. This was then put into the newspaper, so that what the movie was referring to. Of course, they couldn't take Johnny or Dally's photos because they were in the hospital, so they just used older picture of them. Not a plot hole.

Plot hole: The pictures used in the newspaper article regarding the fire are obviously taken after Ponyboy and Johnny ran away since Pony's hair is blond and Johnny's is short (their hair was cut and dyed after they ran, ruling out the photos being old school photos), yet Johnny's face is free of burns. This would mean the pictures were taken while they were hiding in the church, which would be impossible.

Upvote valid corrections to help move entries into the corrections section.

Suggested correction: In the book, Ponyboy had his picture taken in the hospital, after the church set fire, and once his hair was dyed blonde. This was then put into the newspaper, so that what the movie was referring to. Of course, they couldn't take Johnny or Dally's photos because they were in the hospital, so they just used older picture of them. Not a plot hole.

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Cherry: How old are ya'll anyway?
Ponyboy: Fourteen.
Johnny: Sixteen.
Marcia: By the looks of it I thought you were both four.
Cherry: Sixteen.

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Trivia: When Dally, Ponyboy and Johnny are in the car in the Dairy Queen parking lot, a little girl comes up to them and asks for some change. That is a young Sofia Coppola, daughter of Francis Ford Coppola, who is now also a notable movie director.

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Question: In the scene where Johnny and Ponyboy are talking in the lot, Ponyboy goes over to sort out the fire. The camera zooms up on Johnny and you can hear voices echoing. Does anyone know what they're saying? I can't make them out.

Answer: Johnny is recalling the argument he heard his parents having; the voices were meant to sound angry but not to be understood. Its to help us understand his horrid home life.

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