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The Warriors (1979)


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Release Date: Feb 9, 1979 Wide



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Walter Hill's hip, super-stylized action film unfurls in a dystopian near-future, when various gangs control New York City. Each gang sports a unique moniker ('The Warriors,' 'The Baseball Furies,' 'The Rogues'), with a costume underscoring its "theme"; each, in turn, is also responsible for one geographic area. Hill sets up the landscape as a massive, violent playground - replete with bridges, vacant subway tunnels, parks, abandoned buildings and the like, all ripe for exploration and


Drama, Action & Adventure, Cult Movies

David Shaber, Walter Hill, Sol Yurick

Jan 16, 2001

Paramount Pictures

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Walter Hill's vibrant 1979 adaptation of Sol Yurick's 1965 novel - based loosely on an ancient Greek story called "Anabasis" - is a classic cinematic record of New York City circa 1979.

February 18, 2013 Full Review Source:

Cartoonishly violent, insanely moody and pointless.

October 26, 2010 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A cult film that deserves its reputation.

October 12, 2010 Full Review Source: Goatdog's Movies
Goatdog's Movies

One of the best gangster pictures of all time.

July 2, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

The Warriors Rule! One of the best action-thrillers of the 70s!

February 3, 2009
Brag Magazine

Yeah, it's really good.

September 6, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central
Film Freak Central

The only trouble is that I half expected them to break out into song and dance any minute a la West Side Story.

July 5, 2007 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis | Comment (1)
Movie Metropolis

OK, it's not Greek tragedy, but it is based (loosely) on Xenophon, so there.

January 9, 2007 Full Review Source: Boulder Weekly

Visually stunning and emotionally gripping, THE WARRIORS is a classic that, after a quarter-century, has finally recieved the loving finishing touches that it so rightly deserves

May 31, 2006 Full Review Source:

See it once, and you'll want to see it again.

November 21, 2005

Tight, terse and tough. The great Walter Hill once again proves he has few equals when staging intense confrontations.

October 21, 2005 Full Review Source:

Just what is the fanboys' beef with the new DVD "Director's Cut" of The Warriors, anyway?

October 18, 2005 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

The movie can also be enjoyed, and enjoyed thoroughly, as a mean, dirty piece of pulp mythology.

June 4, 2004 Full Review Source: Oregonian

Once-notorious gang movie, now a delightfully retro experience

January 23, 2004
Kalamazoo Gazette

A campy treat for anyone who wants to "come out and play-ay!"

January 22, 2004
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

An action movie of great style and energy

November 7, 2003
Lawrence Journal-World

A bad joke shoddily disguised as a gritty urban thriller. Didn't any of these guys have subway tokens?

December 4, 2002 | Comments (10)
Flipside Movie Emporium

One of the great cult films of all time.

February 27, 2001 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

a shameless, but entertaining, ode to the appeal of criminality and gangland camaraderie

February 27, 2001
Q Network Film Desk

A pleasure to watch, even if only to laugh at the memorable costumes and lines. Can you dig it?

February 13, 2001 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

Audience Reviews for The Warriors

Welcome Back Kotter meets A Clockwork Orange
December 30, 2007

Super Reviewer

Oy vey! Such a reputation this film has! It's high time (it's only been about 30+ years!) I finally got around to it. And so what's the hoopla been all about?
Well first there's the obvious plot about one tough street gang's difficult journey across The Big Apple (the most dangerous city on Planet Earth, baby!) ... at night ... and years before Disney went and cleaned up 42nd Street. But mainly what goes on is that instead of like the 1950's or 60's wherein the kids were blamed for being hooligans outright, here it's the dilapidated urban landscape that makes really good hearted kids into the animals society fears.
Whatever the supposition it was cool watching nice kids acting like they was bad, and checking out the 70's idea of tough fashion choices. Fun.
June 15, 2014

Super Reviewer

I realize that the filmmakers weren't trying to make a completely serious or realistic film, but at the same time, it's hard to deny the debt this film owes to history and mythology. It's one of those stories you can either take at face value, read deeper meanings into it, or both. Regardless, you can still enjoy it and be entertained.

I've got a bias towards this film that I need to state upfront. I like 70s crime and action movies. Gritty location photography is awesome, especially urban location photography. I liked the atmosphere of paranoia and tension surrounding things. It reminded me a lot of Assault of Precinct 13 (the original), as well as later films (that I saw before I saw this one) such as Escape From New York and Judgement Night.

As I mentioned above, you can read as little or as much into this as you want, and it would be totally fine to do so. By reading into it, this film can rise above its place as a well-made B-Movie, and it can becomes something more, something a scholar could use for some sort of study or something, such as cinematic representations of gang warfare and race relations.

While not great the acting is actually pretty decent. Michael Beck is great, and David Patrick Kelly is the definite scene stealer. I don't know what it is, but seeing a black guy with a fro wearing Native American garb brought a smile to my face. Yet again this is something that could be analyzed to death. This wasn't quite as gritty or violent as I thought it might be, but I didn't actually mind too much. As much as I appreciate visceral shocking violence, I much prefer subtlety and more downplayed mayhem.

I better stop before I ramble too much more. Bottom line, if you haven't seen this yet, you probably should. It's a definite cult classic that deserves all the praise it gets.
January 8, 2014
Chris Weber

Super Reviewer

A visionary cult-film with a vibrant flow. Walter Hill's The Warriors is a stylistic action-based film that possesses that futuristic vibe with a violent and urbanized tone. The film is an exceptional portrayal and interpretation of gang control and its ties with Greek mythology. All members of all gangs play well in giving off that rugged attitude and swagger and makes the film that much more unique. 4.5/5
July 7, 2013
Eugene Bernabe

Super Reviewer

    1. Luther: No! It was the Warriors!
    – Submitted by Joe B (10 months ago)
    1. D.J.: Hey Boppers.
    – Submitted by Joe B (10 months ago)
    1. Ajax: Well, good! I'm sick of running from these wimps!
    – Submitted by Lucas M (16 months ago)
    1. Ajax: Since when are you a fucking diplomat?
    – Submitted by Lucas M (16 months ago)
    1. Cyrus: Can you dig it?
    – Submitted by Lucas M (16 months ago)
    1. Cyrus: Can You Dig It!
    – Submitted by Michael B (23 months ago)
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