* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation: Rocky Sullivan. [[spoiler: In the end, did he truly freak out at being sent to the electric chair, or did he act scared just to let all the kids know he was a bad example to follow?]]
* EvilIsCool: In fact a main plot point of the movie is Connolly trying to convince the Dead End Kids that what Sullivan does ''isn't'' cool, without much success, [[spoiler: until perhaps at the end, after Sullivan went to the electric chair screaming. As to whether ''that''s cool, it's left extremely unclear if he did so in order to convince the Kids, or if he actually freaked out]].
* RetroactiveRecognition: HumphreyBogart!
* TearJerker: The ending.