' The Outsiders' movie premiere held in Tulsa

Friday, September 9th 2005, 6:23 am
By: News On 6

Tulsa looked more like Tinsel town Thursday night for a red carpet movie premiere. A new extended version of the 1983 cult classic "The Outsiders" made its debut Thursday night at the AMC.

Hundreds of fans showed up to catch a glimpse of some of the stars and the author, Tulsa-native SE Hinton.

Hinton says Tulsa was the only choice when it came to shooting the movie, as well as the premiere. "One reason why I know Francis wanted to come here to, is because Tulsa was so supportive, supportive of me and um and the book. And he talks in his commentary about how everybody was friendly. Everybody was helpful.”

Ralph Macchio who played Johnny Cade in the movie: "I got to be in the movie. I got to work with one of the finest directors of our time. I got to play the part I connected with. And here I am and it's 2005 and the book still resonates."

The extended version is 22 minutes longer than the original and has a new beginning and new ending. There is also a new hipper soundtrack. Before the screening, the trio drove around Tulsa re-visiting locations used in the movie.

The movie's director, Francis Ford Coppola couldn't attend the premiere, but he did provide his world-famous wine for the reception.

The DVD of the re-cut movie hits stores September 20th.