Friday, September 18, 2009

Stay Gold, Patrick Swayze

Due to a series of unfortunate events (and more than a few screw-ups by the nice people at Dell), I haven't posted in forever. I missed my blog, the little blog that could.

We've all been shocked by the way it seems like celebrities have been passing away left and right over the last few months. Patrick Swayze's passing was especially sad since it really seemed like he was out of the woods. And while we're all remembering him, everyone is looking at Dirty Dancing. Dirty Dancing as one of his best movies but me, I'm remembering The Outsiders.

Released four years before Dirty Dancing and directed by Francis Ford Coppola, The Outsiders was based on the book of the same name that tells the story of two greasers, Johnny and Ponyboy, who take revenge on the kids that beat the crap out of them. Johnny is played by Ralph Macchio, the guy that starred in The Karate Kid, and Swayze plays Ponyboy's older brother, who just wants to keep the kid out of trouble. If I remember correctly, Patrick Swayze is seen, for most of the movie, in the same black muscle shirt he was to wear years later in Dirty Dancing. No one plays trashy characters quite like Swayze [except for John Travolta]. The Outsiders is the kind of movie that shows how teenagers run amok and how the idea of a nice, quiet childhood is, quite frankly, bullshit. I won't spoil the movie if you haven't seen it, but there's some pretty serious violence. YouTube user NoWayItIsHappening posted the whole movie for those of you who don't have Netflix. Rest in peace, Patrick Swayze.

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1 comment:

  1. I'm so glad you posted an old picture of him because I want to remember him when he was healthy, not the way they kept showing him in recent footage...DD is one of my favorite 80s movies.


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