Compare and Contrast the movies "Grease" and "The Outsiders".

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Although I thought they were two very different movies. To my surprise, 'Grease' and 'The Outsiders' do have some very similar characteristics. Even though the genres are different, they have similar themes. Not surprisingly, sound and lighting had almost no similarities. However; camerawork is very similar at various points of the two films.

'Grease' and 'The Outsiders' are very similar in numerous ways: Both movies involve gangs, the struggle to fit in and peer-group pressure. Alcohol also plays a major part in both movies. In 'Grease' for example, the T-Birds spike the punch at the school dance. In 'The Outsiders', most of the Socs have a drinking problem and we see them drunk throughout a lot of the movie. Even though these films have similar themes, their genres are quite different. 'Grease' is a light hearted Musical, whereas 'The Outsiders' is a Drama.

As mentioned earlier in the paragraph, gangs are prominent in both movies, however; they settle their differences in a different way. In 'The Outsiders', the gangs face off in a fight, or as they refer to it in the film a "Rumble". In 'Grease', the gangs have a car race at "Thunder Road".

There are almost no similarities between the plots of these two movies. 'Grease' is based around a love story of two teenagers trying to find a place to fit in. The main character Danny Zucco is struggling to juggle his split personality. When he is around his fellow gang members he acts "cool" and tough. Around his girlfriend Sandy he is a sweet, sensitive guy. Peer-pressure from his friends does not allow him to act this way around Sandy when they are there. We see this at the Bonfire. 'The Outsiders' is...