The Outsiders

Factual error: The locomotive in Ponyboy's dream of his parents' death in 1965 is a Burlington Northern C30-7. Burlington Northern did not begin operations until 1970 and the C30-7 was not built until 1967. In the same scene, the locomotive's stripes and cab numbers are mirrored.

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Suggested correction: The locomotive is a GP30 built in 1962.

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Factual error: The trains in this movie set in 1965 are from Burlington Northern and the St Louis and San Francisco Railway (Frisco). Burlington Northern was not around until 1970.

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Factual error: The story is set in 1965, yet it shows many modern (as of filming in 1983) pieces of medical equipment, such as disposable plastic nasal cannula, modern plastic IV tubing and cut offs, etc. Also most hospitals in the 1960s still had open wards with many patients cordoned off by curtains, instead of private rooms as depicted in the movie.

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When Dally falls off of his chair in the drive-in movie theater, you can hear Ponyboy's laughter above them all. When the shot changes to Cherry, you can see Ponyboy with a serious face on in the background but you can still hear him laughing.

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S.E. Hinton, the author of the book "The Outsiders," has a cameo in the scene where Johnny is in the hospital after the fire and is lying on his stomach. She's the nurse tending to Dally - the one who says "what did you do with your gown?"

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