The Warriors

1979

The Warriors

Critics Consensus

As violent as it is stylish, The Warriors is a thrilling piece of pulp filmmaking.

89%

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Total Count: 38

88%

Audience Score

User Ratings: 76,017
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Movie Info

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

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Cast

David Harris
as Cochise
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 Snyder
as Gas Station Man
John Maurice Sullivan
as Gramercy Riff
Jaime Perry
as Gramercy Riff
Jeff Scott
as Prom Date
Winston Yarde
as Gramercy Riff
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.'
Rob Ryder
as Baseball Fury
Marvin Foster
as Turnbull A.C.'
Steve Chambers
as Baseball Fury
Johnny Barnes
as Turnbull A.C.'
Ken Thret
as Turnbull A.C.'
Jeffrey Michael
as Turnbull A.C.'
Paul Greco
as Orphan
Tony Pann
as Orphan
Neal Gold
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
Steve James
as Baseball Fury
Lane Ruoff
as Baseball Fury
Harry Madsen
as Baseball Fury
Bill Anagnos
as Baseball Fury
John Gibson
as Baseball Fury
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Audience Reviews for The Warriors

  • Feb 25, 2015
    How do you review a movie like The Warriors? I've got a real short way for ya: The Warriors is the best movie of the 1970s.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • Jun 15, 2014
    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. W Super Reviewer
  • Jul 07, 2013
    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 B Super Reviewer
  • Feb 02, 2013
    Can you dig it? I can and did dig it, very much!
    Jason R Super Reviewer

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