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March 26, 2018

The tales of the pranks and shenanigans that went on at the Excelsior Hotel in Tulsa, Okla., during the production of influential teen drama “The Outsiders,” which celebrates its 35th anniversary on March 25, are stuff of legend. Francis Ford Coppola directed the adaptation of S.E. Hinton’s 1967 young adult novel, which revolves around the class conflict between the poor high school kids called “Greasers” and the wealthy students (“Socs”) in Tulsa in 1965. “Mostly I was the victim of the pranks,” recalled C. Thomas Howell, who was just 15 when he played the main role-and the film’s narrator, Ponyboy Curtis. “I was the one working all the time,” he noted. So, while he was on the set, his costars including Matt Dillon, Rob Lowe, Tom Cruise, and Patrick Swayze played and schemed, even forging relationships with the hotel staff to obtain room keys. Read More here

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