Emilio Estevez adapted S.E. Hinton’s teen coming-of-age novel for the screen in this film adaptation directed by Christopher Cain. Estevez also takes the lead role of Mark Jennings, a troubled teenager who has been living with his best friend Byron Douglas (Craig Sheffer) and his mother (Barbara Babcock) ever since his father went to prison for murdering his mother.
Byron is like a brother to Mark and the two grow very close. But as the two best pals grow into young men in high school, Byron begins to think more seriously about life after high school. He also starts to spend more time away from Mark and with the more mature Cathy (Kim Delany). Jealous of Cathy and fearful of losing Byron, Mark becomes more and more erratic and rebellious.
That Was Then… This Is Now is a 1985 American drama film based on the novel of the same name by S. E. Hinton and a sequel to The Outsiders. The film was directed by Christopher Cain, distributed by Paramount Pictures, and stars Emilio Estevez (who also wrote the screenplay) and Craig Sheffer. This is the only S.E. Hinton adaptation not to feature Matt Dillon.
That Was Then… This Is Now (1985)
Directed by: Christopher Cain
Starring: Emilio Estevez, Craig Sheffer, Larry B. Scott, Matthew Dudley, Jill Schoelen, Kim Delaney, Barbara Babcock, Frank Howard
Screenplay by: Emilio Estevez
Cinematography by: Juan Ruiz Anchía
Film Editing by: Ken Johnson
Costume Design by: Ann Wallace
Set Decoration by: Victoria L. Hinton
Art Direction by: Chester Kaczenski
Music by: Bill Cuomo, Keith Olsen
Distributed by: Paramount Pictures
Release Date: November 8, 1985