1990: I guerrieri del Bronx (1990: Bronx Warriors) Reviews
Hold on let me check the box... Italian eh? Should have known. Yes it's a rip off of Escape from New York mixed with the Warriors.
The film is loaded with problems even for an Italian rip off hack job. First of all they are clearly not in the Bronx. Helpful hints include the World Trade Center and UN building not to mention the Brooklyn Bridge in the background. I guess 1990 the Brooklyn Warriors sounded too much like a baseball movie.
Despite listing the Hell's Angels as technical support the biker gang leads are well gay. I mean Village people gay. The leads really don't even know how to walk like men literally swishing from one scene to the next. The fight scenes show off their ballet and modern jazz skills as opposed to actual combat skills.
And the outfits could give leather a bad name for years to come. It's a fine line between wearing your leathers to ride and looking like an extra from Cruising. Even the late Vic Morrow who keeps his manhood intact throughout most of the film goes leather bar at the end.
The dialog is awful beyond belief and the acting is community theater level. The gangs our heroes swish against are even worse. First you have the Rollerball rejects with Spaceball helmets and then the cast of Chorus Line makes an appearance.(This is not an exaggeration the motorcycle gang literally battles a Broadway review) Fred Williamson (who confusingly is called Trash while Vic Morrow's character is called the Hammer), Betty Dessy as Hammers girl Witch (In her only film) and Joshua Sinclair as Ice actually give entertaining performances.
The two leads however Stefinia Girolami Goodwin and Mark Gregory could simply not be worse. Their chemistry is nil and their line reading is atrocious. Looks like I owe 2019: After the Fall of New York an apology.
As Joe Bob Briggs might say 17 breasts, zero of which belong to the ladies.
Policeman infiltrates the Bronx, which has become a battleground for several murderous street gangs. Low-budget junk.
Give it a rental, see if it grabs you.
A very well shot, entertaining, slightly cheesey 80's cash-in lending heavily from "Mad Max", "Escape from New York" and of course "The warriors". The script may not be up to much, but the setting amongst the rubble of a huge group of vacant tower blocks is something really quite unique, and the action towards the end is almost like nothing else with horse back stormtroopers armed with flame-throwers. Well worth tacking down a copy for fans of Italian knock-offs and action sci-fi, as this is one of the best offerings.
"1990: The Bronx Warriors" (1990: I guerrieri del Bronx) was filmed in 1981 in both Rome and New York. This was Vic Morrow's last completed film before his unfortunate on-set death while filming "Twilight Zone: The Movie" (1983). This is a pretty cheap rip off of "The Warriors" (1979), "Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior" (1981) and "Escape from New York" (1981) in a gigantic mix. But, this is as well a classic Enzo G. Castellari movie from all angles as he is the master of rehashing other peoples conceptual cinematic ideas. We have as said several connections to the great "The Warriors", but instead of pretty rough gangs we get for example a tap dancing gang...?! The acting is pretty poor, the dubbing is wobbly and nice, the clothes and the weapons.. wow.., the sound effects are quite funny, the direction is all over the place, some scenes seems to have been added on a whim, the action is pretty laughable and yet this low budget B-movie almost becomes good in itīs badness. How can you not love that the cops arrive in the end on horses with motorcycle helmets and flame throwers. The title sequence is actually pretty cool. And the music is not too shabby either.
WE LOVE FRED WILLIAMSON