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The Warriors (1979)

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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 adventure. As the tale opens, the titular Coney Island has traveled to the Bronx to attend a city-wide meeting of all gangs; at that event, however, the psychotic leader of a rival gang, The Rogues (David Patrick Kelly of Dreamscape) assassinates the head of the city's foremost gang, but The Warriors are pegged as culpable. This sends the gang fleeing through the labyrinthine city. With every thug in Manhattan in vicious, homicidal pursuit, they must also overcome all obstacles in their way. Throughout, Hill keeps the onscreen violence absurd, exaggerated and unrealistic, downplaying death to an extreme degree; despite this fact, the film sparked a massive amount of controversy and an ugly backlash for allegedly inciting violence and destruction in several theaters where it initially played. James Remar, Michael Beck and Deborah Van Valkenburgh lead the ensemble cast. ~ Nathan Southern, Rovi
Rating:
R (for violence and language)
Genre:
Action & Adventure , Cult Movies , Drama
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Studio:
Paramount Pictures

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Cast

David Harris
as Cochise
Terry Michos
as Vermin
Roger Hill
as Cyrus
Ginny Ortiz
as Candy Store Girl
Mercedes Ruehl
as Policewoman in the Park
Edward Sewer
as Gramercy Riff
Ron Ferrell
as Gramercy Riff
Fernando del Castillo
as Gramercy Riff
Hubert J. Edwards
as Gramercy Riff
Larry Sears
as Gramercy Riff
Mike James
as Gramercy Riff
Gregory Cleghorne
as Gramercy Riff
George Lee Miles
as Gramercy Riff
Stanley Timms
as Gramercy Riff
John Maurice Sullivan
as Gramercy Riff
Jaime Perry
as Gramercy Riff
Winston Yarde
as Gramercy Riff
Joel Weiss
as Rogue
Dan Bonnell
as Rogue
Dan Battles
as Rogue
Tom Jarus
as Rogue
J.W. Smith
as Turnbull A.C.'
Cal St. John
as Turnbull A.C.'
Joe Zimmardi
as Turnbull A.C.'
Carrotte
as Turnbull A.C.'
William Williams
as Turnbull A.C.'
Marvin Foster
as Turnbull A.C.'
Johnny Barnes
as Turnbull A.C.'
Ken Thret
as Turnbull A.C.'
Jeffrey Michael
as Turnbull A.C.'
Paul Greco
as Orphan
Apache Ramos
as Orphan
Tony Pann
as Orphan
Neal Gold
as Orphan
Chuck Mason
as Orphan
Andy Engels
as Orphan
Ian Cohen
as Orphan
Jery Hewitt
as Baseball Fury
Bob Ryder
as Baseball Fury
Joseph Bergman
as Baseball Fury
Richard Ciotti
as Baseball Fury
Tony Latham
as Baseball Fury
Eugene Bicknell
as Baseball Fury
T.J. McNamara
as Baseball Fury
Steven James
as Baseball Fury
Lane Ruoff
as Baseball Fury
Harry Madsen
as Baseball Fury
Bill Anagnos
as Baseball Fury
John Gibson
as Baseball Fury
Lisa Maurer
as Lizzy
Doran Clark
as Lizzy
Patty Brown
as Lizzy
Heidi Lynch
as Lizzy
Tom Huff
as Punk
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Critic Reviews for The Warriors

All Critics (35) | Top Critics (2)

It's both surrealistic pop art and sentimentalized pandering to the attitude of "us against them," the have-nots against the haves.

Full Review… | February 9, 2016
New York Daily News
Top Critic

If the movie is not as dangerous as its detractors claim, neither is it as glorious and memorable as some of its less discriminating admirers would have it.

Full Review… | September 8, 2015
Village Voice
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | February 18, 2013
ColeSmithey.com

Cartoonishly violent, insanely moody and pointless.

Full Review… | October 26, 2010
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A cult film that deserves its reputation.

Full Review… | October 12, 2010
Goatdog's Movies

One of the best gangster pictures of all time.

Full Review… | July 2, 2009
Cinema Crazed

Audience Reviews for The Warriors

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.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

½

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.

Chris Weber
Chris Weber

Super Reviewer

½

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

Eugene Bernabe
Eugene Bernabe

Super Reviewer

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