House of the “Outsiders”: the small museum of Tulsa attracts big names | Lifestyles


KRISTI EATON Associated Press

TULSA, Oklahoma – This summer it was Leonardo DiCaprio. Then it was the green day. A small museum in Tulsa, Oklahoma dedicated to a movie classic and run by an artist attracts big names from the Heartland.

The Outsiders House Museum was created by Danny Boy O’Connor, formerly of the hip-hop group House of Pain. It was a labor of love for O’Connor, who bought the house several years ago and renovated it.

The modest white bungalow with a wide porch was used as the centerpiece in the 1983 film “The Outsiders”, based on SE Hinton’s classic 1967 novel of the same name.

“It was our ‘Gone with the Wind’. It was our ‘American Graffiti’. Each generation finds cool archetypes of who we could be, and that was the movie to me, ”O’Connor said in a recent interview inside the house. He said visitors ranged “from 8 to 80 – to everything else. It’s usually the whole family. It is a family museum.

Director Francis Ford Coppola shot the film in Tulsa with a young cast of future A-listers, including C. Thomas Howell, Ralph Macchio, Matt Dillon, Diane Lane, Patrick Swayze, Rob Lowe, Emilio Estevez and Tom Cruise.

The museum also includes memorabilia from the film set, including furniture, photos, posters, and the leather jacket worn by Dillon’s character, Dallas Winston.

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