I didn't like the ending of the movie it totally did not get the point of the book. Book ending: M&M takes LSD and his head gets messed up. Bryon finds out Mark had been selling drugs and thinks he gave M&M the LSD. When Mark comes home,Bryon tells him he called the cops. Mark just stands there and says,"Why are you doing this to me buddy?" The police take Mark away. Bryon hurts Cathy which causes their break up. The doctors say M&M will never be the same. When Bryon visits Mark in jail, Mark tells him the only reason he wanted to see him is to make sure he hated him and that when he gets out of jail he will never go home. The terrible happy ending:M&M takes drugs but it is unknown what he took and his condition is unknown. Bryon and Cathy break up because Bryon calls M&M a F**king retard. Instead of Bryon calling the cops on Mark, he tells him to leave and never come home. Mark takes the car and gets arrest for a speed chase. Bryon and Cathy get back together. When Bryon visits Mark, instead of Mark saying I hate you, he says,"I'll be fine. Everything well be alright." After Bryon leaves,he hot wires a car,drives it around and tells the owner,"Chill dude" just like Mark.
That Was Then… This Is Now
Time Out saysIf that was then and this is now, now certainly bears one uncanny resemblance to then: the joyrides, the high school dance, the midnight parking-lot punch-ups which send cowardly punks running as that venomous taunt of taunts hangs in the still night air - 'Get a haircut!'. Get a haircut? The fact is that SE Hinton's novel, published in 1971 and set in the late '60s, has been updated, complete with contemporary rock score, for the '80s. The story is classic - a pair of childhood friends go their separate ways as adolescence gives way to manhood - the treatment pure Hollywood. Mark (Estevez) and Bryon (Sheffer) are the dynamic duo of suburban St Paul, Minnesota, laying down the law in whatever batmobile they can get their hands on. There's a girl who comes between them, and a death that brings an understanding of their own mortalities. Estevez is the rebel without a cause, newcomer Sheffer is cast as the romantic lead, and both are heading at breakneck pace towards an inescapable loss of innocence.