Oklahoma: The Outsiders
The link between Oklahoma and Stranger Things all has to do with the last episode of season 3. It’s in the video store, Family Video, where Robin and Steve apply for a job and where we see Keith ends up working after he leaves the arcade. In the video store, the movie, The Outsiders, can be seen in the background.
Well, The Outsiders film is based on the book of the same name by S.E. Hinton. Hinton happens to be from Oklahoma and was only 18 when The Outsiders was published. So while it’s not the closest connection, it’s a connection. The Outsiders is about a 14-year-old who struggles with right and wrong.
His philosophy is that there are two kinds of people: the rich who can get away with almost anything and those who don’t get away with anything, also known as the outsiders. He considers himself an outsider and is proud of it until one of his friends kills a rich kid.
The movie adaptation came out in 1983 and starred C. Thomas Howell, Rob Lowe, Emilio Estevez, Matt Dillion, Tom Cruise, Patrick Swayze, Ralph Macchio, and Diane Lane. There was also a much-less-popular TV series based on the story in 1990 that featured David Arquette and Billy Bob Thornton.