It was 37 years ago, in march 1983, the "The Outsiders" opened up in movie theater nationwide, taking Tulsa author S.E. Hinton"s creation from classic novel come a movie beloved by young people. Tulsa people movie critic Michael blacksmith compiled 37 things to know around the making of "The Outsiders," i m sorry filmed in Tulsa in 1982.

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The author whose story of competing Tulsa youth gangs in 1965 — the working-class Greasers and also the privileged Socs — brought the manufacturing to the city and also worked closely with the actors, ending up being what she described as an on-set "Greasers den mother." Hinton is seen below with C. Cutting board Howell during the filming in march 1982.

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The mix of teenager boys and also no parental supervision supposed that pranks were common at the hotel whereby the guys stayed, through actor Leif Garrett relenten "mini-rumbles" in the hotel where several finished up in a lobby fractional (pictured).

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The gibbs were remaining at Tulsa Excelsior (now known as the Downtown DoubleTree, 616 W. Seventh St.), with those play Socs enjoy it the views from the 18th floor and also those play Greasers closer come the soil floor.

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Actors have talked in the past of assorted competitions the separated the Greasers and also the Socs, indigenous flag-football games to the Greasers receiving scripts in ringed binders while Socs got leather-bound volumes. Pictured space actors clowning about the fountain in ~ Crutchfield Park, 1345 E. Self-reliance St., throughout filming.

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The Williams center Cinema was the closestly movie theater to the hotel, and also former manager David Kimball recalled actors favor Diane Lane and Matt Dillon comes in as customers and also that "Matt to be unmistakable, through his pack of cigarettes stuffed under his T-shirt.” Here, Patrick Swayze (left), S.E. Hinton and also C. Thomas Howell to visit “The Outsiders” premiere at the Williams facility Cinema on in march 22, 1983.

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Diane Lane and also Matt Dillon would certainly go on to star in "Rumble Fish" (Dillon pictured here) as Francis Ford Coppola determined during filming that he would certainly make the two films back-to-back, working on a screenplay with S.E. Hinton to adapt her novel once they had free time and then shooting it with much of the same crew and carrying over multiple actors members indigenous "The Outsiders."

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In the 2005 DVD relax "The Outsiders: The complete Novel," Tulsa"s historical theater marquee is watched in the opened moments and also the final shot ... Coming full circle, if girlfriend will.

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Francis Ford Coppola (seen below directing C. Thomas Howell) has actually said the while the shot every the scene from S.E. Hinton"s novel, pressure from the studio propelled him to do decisions that cut scenes, including introductions to several characters. "The finish Novel" DVD version of the movie is 22 minute longer.

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Director Francis Ford Coppola likewise said that as soon as his granddaughter asked the to present the initial movie to she high institution class, he to be embarrassed about scenes from the novel lacking from the film and also that thrust him to add them earlier to the 2005 version.

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Francis Ford Coppola (with S.E. Hinton in march 1982) had actually never heard of "The Outsiders" till a middle-school class in California petitioned that to do a movie the the book they had read in school — and which teens across the country still review in class today, 50 year after the was an initial published.

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The director want the actors to be acquainted with the house where the Curtis brothers lived at 731 N. St. Luigi Ave. — i m sorry is gift turned right into a museum committed to the movie — therefore C. Thomas Howell, Patrick Swayze and also Rob Lowe spent a night there and also cooked a meal with each other in character.

Here, Danny young O"Connor (left), Ralph Macchio, Darren Dalton, S.E. Hinton and also C. Thomas Howell take it a picture together as they sit ~ above the front porch that the Outsiders home in Tulsa during a 50th anniversary celebration event of the novel.

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C. Cutting board Howell (left, with Ralph Macchio), who had actually the leading duty of Ponyboy Curtis, was showing up in his 2nd film. His first movie was, at that time, the best box-office hit in Hollywood history: "E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial."

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"The Outsiders" was Rob Lowe"s (second native left) first movie, playing Sodapop Curtis, and also it was only the second for Patrick Swayze (second from right), that played older brother Darrel Curtis.

(Pictured are: Emilio Estevez (left), plunder Lowe, C. Cutting board Howell, Matt Dillion, Ralph Macchio, Patrick Swayze and also Tom Cruise)

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Playing the doomed Johnny Cade, Ralph Macchio (seen right here walking v the Outsiders home in 2017) was exhilaration in his second movie. His following film, "The Karate Kid," to be his first leading role and the best hit that his career.

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It was simply the third movie for Tom Cruise, (right, seen here with rob Lowe during filming), that played Steve Randle and would an outbreak in his next role. "I remember as soon as the manuscript for "Risky Business" verified up in ~ the hotel," Macchio said throughout DVD commentary, "and Tom said, "This is walk to it is in a an excellent one.""

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Matt Dillon was a veteran among the young actors, and also he would star in 3 consecutive movies shot in Tulsa, all based upon S.E. Hinton novels: "Tex," "The Outsiders" and "Rumble Fish."

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Lying in a hospital bed in "The Outsiders," Matt Dillon"s personality playfully threatens a nurse that is played by S.E. Hinton, that recommended Dillon to Francis Ford Coppola after she delighted in his power in "Tex." Pictured is a Tulsa civilization story top top S.E. Hinton native April 7, 1967.


Accidents happen throughout filming, similar to the very first punch thrown in the large rumble step in the rain. "There was this stunt guy at the an extremely start that slipped and also punched me appropriate in the face," C. Thomas Howell told a one Cinema audience in 2016. "That wasn’t an alleged to happen. For this reason the scene the I had actually prepared for came to be Matt Dillon dragging me off."

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C. Cutting board Howell (right, through co-star Darren Dalton) has always shown a sense of humor during Q-and-A sessions ~ screenings with Circle Cinema audiences, such together this welcome: "Hey, how was it? any kind of surprise ending? walk Johnny live this time? I store hoping that one of these days, Johnny is walking to make it."

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C. Thomas Howell played Ponyboy the greaser, and during filming, he became friends v actor Darren Dalton, that played Randy the soc (behind the table signing autographs). The two ended up being even closer end the years, working on much more than 10 movies together, consisting of writing and directing in between them.

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In lot of scenes, Ponyboy shows up to be cold and, in ~ one point, says, "It"s freezing out here!" at the Admiral pair Drive-In. It reportedly was near freezing during that shoot, around 3 a.m. Or so, and C. Cutting board Howell to be told to no wear a jacket over his sleeveless shirt.

For now, guest can gain the finest "Outsiders" 1960s suffer by visiting Admiral pair Drive-In, where Matt Dillon and Diane lane were among those involvement Howell for filming.

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On a DVD commentary, plunder Lowe said he asked S.E. Hinton wherein she observed his character, Sodapop, going after ~ the occasions of "The Outsiders." He said she called him that Sodapop is drafted, goes come fight in Vietnam and also dies there. Here, Lowe visits with Hinton in 2017 once he came to Tulsa and also visited the Outsiders House.

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A movie-prop problem of the newspaper is watched in the film, with a story about three the the boys together heroes complying with a fire rescue.


A Tulsa teens was working as a copy clerk at the Tulsa Tribune once she experienced an ad asking because that extras for the local 1982 filming the "The Outsiders." Her surname was heath Langenkamp, that would star in the "Nightmare top top Elm Street" collection of movies. She do the cut as one extra, but her scenes to be cut.

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Tulsa actress pagan Langenkamp (most renowned for "A Nightmare top top Elm Street") got her start as an extra in "The Outsiders." In 2018, she called the Tulsa world’s Michael blacksmith she was working as a copy clerk in ~ the Tulsa Tribune once she saw an ad asking because that extras because that the movie. Langenkamp newly returned to Tulsa and also autographed a wall at The Outsiders house Museum. Courtesy Danny O"Connor

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In a short performance, Gailard Sartain (known to Tulsans because that his "Mazeppa" work on neighborhood TV and "Hee Haw" but currently a veteran of many Hollywood films) showed up near the end of the movie herding children away native a burning home.

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Coppola wanted a sunset background because that Ponyboy and Johnny come act against that lasted longer than Oklahoma sunsets. Therefore he recorded the sunset, built a big screen at the Tulsa State Fairgrounds inside the Pavilion and projected the recorded photo onto the display screen for the actors.

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Multiple actors have actually commented top top "The Outsiders" being filmed in huge part chronologically, a rarity because that Hollywood productions then and now.

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In a DVD distinct feature, Hinton recalled her first time conference the Oscar-winning director (seen filming in march 1982) and also telling him "I"ve got a trouble with girlfriend doing the movie," she said. She said him the "The Godfather" movie was better than the book and also his "The black Stallion" was better than the book, and also she wondered if the was walk to happen to her.

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People are familiar with the fact that Francis Ford Coppola command "The Outsiders," but it was producer Gray Frederickson who had Oklahoma roots. Oklahoma City is his hometown, and for several years later, the led the film regime at Oklahoma City community College. He winner an Academy compensation for developing 1974"s "The Godfather, part II" through Coppola, and also Frederickson to be nominated because that an Oscar again together a producer that "Apocalypse Now."

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It was 35 years earlier that “The Outsiders” opened in movie theater nationwide, taking Tulsa author S.E. Hinton’s development from standard novel to a film beloved by young people.

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C. Cutting board Howell to join "Outsiders" fans on tour of film places when he involves Tulsa for convention


The actor will certainly be among celebrity guests at the Tulsa Pop culture Expo, reserved for Nov. 2-4 in ~ the Renaissance Hotel.

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