The Warriors (1979)

Directed by Walter Hill
Cinematography Andrew Laszlo

Cyrus, the leader of the most powerful gang in New York City, the Gramercy Riffs, calls a midnight summit for all the area gangs, with all asked to send nine unarmed representatives for the conclave. A gang called The Warriors are blamed for killing Cyrus as he gives his speech. They now have to cross the territory of rivals in order to get to their own ‘hood. The Warriors slowly cross the dangerous Bronx and Manhattan territories, narrowly escaping police and other gangs every step of the way.

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I’ll shove that bat up your ass and turn you into a Popsicle

10/10
Author: movieman_kev from United States
8 October 2005

The Warriors, headed by Swan (Michael Beck), framed for killing Cyrus, a gang leader that would’ve united all of them, have to get home to Coney Island while all the rival gangs are gunning for them in this slightly surreal, slightly futuristic classic. All of the actors were brilliantly casted and well acted, not the least being David Patrick Kelly as highly memorable villain, Luther (Waahhrriioors come out to pllllllaahhhhyyyaaaa, is all I have to say). The new Director’s cut which adds a prologue text crawl that ties it more firmly to an ancient Greek tale, as well as comic book wipes that transitions some scenes, may dumb it down a tad and spell it out for the audience too unsubtly, but it does NOT diminish from the overall greatness of the movie in the least. The superb director/ writer Walter Hill has made some all-time classics with “48 Hrs.”, “The Getaway”, “the Driver”, Red Heat”, among others. ALL of them much loved by me and to say that this film is hands down the best of all is quite a compliment indeed.

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Followed by a video game based on it by Rockstar that looks simply amazing and a planned remake that will in no way even hope to be as half as good as the original (It won’t even have the great Baseball Furies, I mean, come on now!!)

My Grade: A+

Director’s Cut DVD Extras: An Introduction Walter Hill; A little over an hour long documentary cut into 4 featurettes (The Beginning: From Novel To Screen, The Battleground: Casting the Warriors, The Way Home: Making The Warriors, and The Phenomenon: Releasing the Warriors); Theatrical trailer; Video Game Trailer; and Trailers for “P Diddy’s Bad Boys of Comedy”, “Airplane: Don’t Call me Shirley Edition”, “Hustle & Flow”, “Macgyver”, “George Lopez: Why you crying?”, & “the Godfather”

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Development

Film rights to Sol Yurick‘s novel The Warriors were bought in 1969 by American International Pictures but no film resulted.

Rights were then obtained by producer Lawrence Gordon who commissioned David Shaber to write a script. Gordon sent the script to director Walter Hill with a copy of Sol Yurick’s novel. Hill recalls, “I said ‘Larry, I would love to do this, but nobody will let us do it.’ It was going to be too extreme and too weird.”

Gordon and Hill were originally going to make a western but when the financing on the project failed to materialize, they took The Warriors to Paramount Pictures because they were interested in youth films at the time and succeeded in getting the project financed. Hill remembers “it came together very quickly. Larry had a special relationship with Paramount and we promised to make the movie very cheaply, which we did. So it came together within a matter of weeks. I think we got the green light in April or May of 1978 and we were in theaters in February of 1979. So it was a very accelerated process.”

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Hill was drawn to the “extreme narrative simplicity and stripped down quality of the script”. The script, as written, was a realistic take on street gangs but the director was a huge fan of comic books and wanted to divide the film into chapters and then have each chapter “come to life starting with a splash panel”. The director was finally able to include this type of scene transition in the Ultimate Director’s Cut released for home video in 2005.

Your just part of what’s happening tonight, and it’s all bad!

8/10
Author: sol from Brooklyn NY USA
28 July 2004

****SPOILERS**** “Nine guys no weapons” thats the word going around on the mean streets of New York City about the conditions for the big gang pow-wow up in the Bronx that “The Warriors” a Coney Island street gang took the subway from their home base in Southern Brooklyn to attend.

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Cyrus, Roger Hill, the leader of the city’s biggest street gang “The Riffs” will be the main speaker laying out the strategy for the gangs of New York eventual take over of the city. Telling the thousands of gang members assembled at the Bronx’s Van Cortlandt Park that if they unite and stop fighting with each other they can become the most powerful force in the city, five times bigger that the NYC police department, an urban army that will have the “Big Apple” and everything in it just for the taking.

Before Cyrus can finish his speech a shot rings out from the crowd and he falls to the ground dead. Unjustly accused by the real killer of Cyrus of murdering him “The Warriors” are on the run for the entire film from the upper reaches of the Bronx to their home in Coney Island, the longest trek on the NYC subway.

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By the time that they make it back in the morning they’ll not only be exonerated of Cyrus’ murder but will earn the respect and admiration of all the gangs that were out to capture or kill them that horrifying night. But “The Warriors” paid a heavy price in their run for freedom they lost three men, Cleon Fox & Ajax, Dorsey Wright Thomas G. Walters & James Remar.

One of the best movies ever about survival on the streets of New York City or any other big urban metropolis for that matter with a heart thumping run-for-your-life by the gang from Coney Island through the streets and on the subways of New York while being attacked on all sides by murderous street gangs and police alike. The gangs who got the word from the Riffs high command to waste “The Warriors” for the death of their leader Cyrus make “The Warriors” long journey back to Brooklyn like a journey through the bowels of hell itself.

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The movie “The Warriors” is more like a movie about a group of soldiers then that of an urban street gang who’s trapped behind enemy lines, and being attacked by the enemy forces from all sides, as they try to make it safely back to their home base in Coney Island fighting for their lives every step of the way. There are a number of penetrating and individual stories among those involved.

There’s Swan, Michael Beck,who took over the leadership of “The Warriors” when their leader Cleon was wasted at the beginning of the film. Cool sure of himself and intelligent Swan guided the battered group back home under conditions as deadly as any a group of fighters would face in a real war zone.

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There’s Ajax, James Remer, who’s macho attitude as well as his big stud image of himself got the best of him when he was hand cuffed to a park bench and clobbered by the police when he tried to “make it”, against the advice of his fellow “Warriors”, with an undercover policewoman.

There’s Rembrandt, Marcellino Sanchez, “The Warrior” artist or marker who saved his fellow gang members from the girl gang “The Lizzies” when he realized that they were setting him and his fellow “Warriors” up for the kill.

And there was Mercy, Deborah Van Valkenburgh, who hitched on with “The Warriors” after inciting the gang “The Orphans” on them. We soon begin to see, like Swan did, that her yarning for violence and excitement was a cover for the loveless and hopeless life that she led.

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By the end of the movie with the sun rising over the sands and ocean of Coney Island and “The Warriors” back home vindicated and free from gang attacks they come to realize after that night of horrors that thy just lived through things will only get better because the worst that they could have ever imagined to have happened was now behind them.

Powerful movie that has reached cult status since it’s release back in 1979 and justifiably so; the movie “The Warriors” is defiantly a WINNER.

a classic in it’s own right

10/10
Author: xfuneralofheartsx from United States
10 December 2006

I’ll admit the first time I saw this, I didn’t see what the big deal was. I thought parts were dragged out, unneeded, and didn’t make any sense. I decided to give it a second chance, and it instantly became one of my favorite movies.

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The Warriors tells the tale of a “futuristic” New York City, in which, it seems, everyone is either associated with a gang, a cop, or just in the way. The Riffs, the largest gang in the city, calls for a meeting, consisting of 9 representatives from each gang, and each member to be unarmed. During this meeting, Cyrus, the leader of the Riffs, tells his plan of a unified gang which would run the city and outnumber the cops. During his speech, Luther, a member of the Rogues, shoots Cyrus after sneaking a gun into the meeting. Questions arise as to who did it, which the finger being pointed at the Warriors. From here on out, the Warriors are on their own as they must travel from the Bronx to Coney Island by any means necessary, traveling by train and by foot, through other gang territory.

Now a days, the violence in the movie may not effect some, but seeing as how it was made in 1979, I can see where the controversy comes from. As the movie goes on, you will start cheering for the Warriors and anticipating what will happen next. The use of (then) unknown actors helps you get into the story a little bit more, as you realize these could be everyday people and not big-name, big-budget Hollywood actors.

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Looking back, I realized how much the meeting was an allegory for the Martin Luther King Jr. “I have a dream” speech. From the vision of a unified group to the assassination and even after wards, when the Warriors are saying what a great man and leader Cyrus would have been.

If you enjoy the movie, or want to understand it more, I highly recommend the Warriors video game, produced by Rockstar. It runs (almost) alongside the movie, but also provides a steady back story or how the Warriors was started and how each member came to be. An added bonus of the game is some of the major actors return to provide voices for their characters, such as Swan, Ajax and Cleon. It is also interesting to see (if you watch the movie before playing the game), how well the clips from the movie translate into the game. Many of the key scenes look like they are taken straight from the movie, like the meeting and the introduction of all of the Warriors in the beginning.

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Again, I highly recommend this movie for anyone who likes cult movies, as this is a major one. Even if you don’t like cult movies, I recommend it for the strong messages it sends.

Kinetic Cult Classic

8/10
Author: tieman64 from United Kingdom
7 April 2010
*** This review may contain spoilers ***

Ah, the 70s, the decade when a genre director like Walter Hill could turn a film like “The Warriors” into some kind of adrenaline fuelled comic book masterpiece. Release this film in any other decade and it would be torn to shreds. But the 70s? No way man. In the 70s, hacks made great films, and even crappy films oozed a kind of electric immediacy.

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Of course it’s important to remember that we had all kinds of factors affecting American cinema in the 60s and 70s. Vietnam, various feminist and civil rights movements, the invigorating influences of the British, French and Italian new waves, Watergate, the pill, hippies, drugs, the dismantling of the Empires, the documentary boom, the sexual revolution etc etc. People believed they could change things. That films could set people free. There was hope, man!

Of course, disillusionment then set in. By the 80s, Ashby would turn to drugs, Coppola would take up a career in sucking, Kubrick would take increasingly long hiatuses, Lumet and Altman would be relegated to adapting stage plays, Kurosawa would be recovering from a suicide and Antonioni, Bergman and Fellini might as well have been dead, Woody Allen churning out some Fellini/Bergman pastiche once a year…in English. Who needs them?

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So it was back to business. Back to wish-fulfilment cinema, only now films like “Godfather” and “Jaws” had led to violence becoming the ultimate cinematic cumshot. Elsewhere set-piece cinema was the norm, continuous titillation the raison d’etre of most films, whilst modern gadgetry led to a vampiric obsession with “remaking” or “correcting” narratives of the past with “new” techno-wizardry.

By the time the 80s ended, guys like Spielberg, Lucas and Zemeckis had six of the ten top grossing films of the decade, blockbusters were drawing in previously unheard of sums of money, advertising levels had soared and global blanket releases were pushing more and more films off screens. In the early 90s indie markets began to spring up, but by the end of that decade indie festivals like Sundance would likewise be homogenized and Hollywoodized, the cinematic revolution once again moving elsewhere, this time to the Middle East and Asia.

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And so we wax nostalgically about the 70s, that oddball age of American cinema when the social cocktail was such that a guy like Walter Hill could turn a wacky plot into some kind of kinetic masterpiece.

Set in the near future, “The Warriors” revolves around a street gang who find themselves stuck in the Bronx as they try desperately to get back to their home turf in Coney Island. The problem is, every gang in the city is out to get them, not to mention the cops. Sounds juvenile? It is. But the film nevertheless oozes ambiance. Shot on location and almost entirely at night, Hill and cinematographer Andrew Laszlo create a world of dark shadows, fluorescent bulbs, rain slick streets and moody nightmare. Elsewhere Hill uses careful compositions to evoke comic book panels and the splash designs of graphic novels. These panels are emphasised in the DVD director’s cut of the film, much to the anger of the film’s fans.

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But these changes are essential in undercutting or highlighting the film’s juvenile appeal, Hill recognising that “The Warriors” essentially plays out like an adolescent fantasy in which wannabe tough guys roam the streets at night without parental supervision, doing as they please.

Unsurprisingly, the film was based on “Anabasis” by Greek writer Xenophon. Both aim to resonate on a mythical level, both striped down hymns to bloodshed and bravery. In Hill’s case he charters the gang’s Spartanesque battle from the Bronx to Coney Island, the director ratcheting up the tension at every opportunity. Of course the majority of Hill’s films are Western’s in disguise, and so here he likewise tries to have every line of dialogue, every shot, boom with a kind of mythic weight. But what’s interesting is that literally every line in this film fails completely, none of the actors (all of whom seem amateurish or camp) able to project themselves into that archetypal space…and yet the film still works. I’ve never seen a film have every line of dialogue ring this false, and yet, due to the bare-bones nature of its plot, parred down dialogue, script and compositions, still resonate on the level of legend.

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When “Warriors” was first released, people initially linked it to such “urban violence” movies as “Death Wish” and “Dirty Harry”, or such nostalgic gang movies as “The Wanderers” and “The Lords of Flatbush”. But in reality “The Warriors”, which was released in 1979, ends the 70s by mirroring the existential road movies that began the decade (Two Lane Blacktop, Vanishing Point, Easy Rider, Electric Glide in Blue etc). And so it begins with men emerging from a dark tunnel and then watches as they battle their way from ugly urbanism to idyllic beaches, gazing to infinity whilst the lyrics “Somewhere out on that horizon, out beyond them neon lights, I know there must be something better, but there’s no where else in sight” booming on the soundtrack. Rather than salivating over urban violence, or fighting, the film’s central metaphor is “running”, is “flight” rather than “fight”, our gang members finding no value in what is being fought over, the inner city a cesspit in which its wide eyed dreamers hope to escape, just like the drug fuelled hippies of “Vanishing Point” and “Easy Rider”.

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Today, this kind of dreamy existentialism is a now banalized facet of modern noir, our heroes all hoping to escape to some non-existent fantasy land on the horizon.

8.5/10 – Worth two viewings.

Good for a curious watch, but I doubt I’ll buy the movie poster

5/10
Author: nathanschubach from Northwest Ohio
16 July 2011
*** This review may contain spoilers ***

I just watched this movie for the first time, and I’m 30 years old. I don’t know why I’ve never seen this before, but after actually playing the Xbox video game based on the movie, I found myself wondering what this movie is actually like…and I love gangster/street gang movies! So from the beginning, the premise seems pretty odd: a street gang Messiah named Cyrus (member of New York’s Gramercy Riffs gang) is gunned down by a one individual, a member of one of the…21 (?)…gangs in New York called to a meeting of the minds to overtake the city all as one unit instead of dividing into their individual gangs. The blame is put on a member of The Warriors (just a street gang in the wrong place, wrong time) to cover up the real shooter.

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Somehow Cyrus has enough clout in the city to make every gang in the city fight on Cyrus’ gang’s side, so they are all ordered to find and bring The Warriors back to The Riffs alive or “smashed.” There’s some Greek storyline that ties this whole story about reaching the water (or the beach) which acts like The Warriors “base” or something.

I have a number of problems with the movie. As original as the gangs and characters are in the movie, the premise is ridiculous. I feel that Walter Hill (the director) and whoever adapted the screenplay from the 1965 novel were pretty much trying to make what we saw in the movie “300.” The comic-book-style effects were interesting, but the story really sucks in my opinion. You can’t tell me all of these street gangs are zombified cult-members of Cyrus out for Warrior blood and play it off, as the director does, that this is another planet being represented and not real-life. Sure. Whatever. Cop out is more like it.

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Most of the movie is about street gangs, “street” meaning Earthly, neighborhood- defending gangs. So why were The Warriors so far out of their element to come to this meet-up? They were practically a thousand miles away from their base? Why does this Cyrus-meeting concern them then? And the beach is your turf? Good luck “patrolling” that area with 27 members.

I did like the music created for the film, which was mostly done as a score with a few prerecorded songs added in, including a Joe Walsh tune recorded before it was done with The Eagles. The cast that played The Warriors and their “found” girlfriend for the movie were all excellent with their own traits and personalities. The direction of the park fight between the Warriors and The Baseball Furies (nearly the winner of the dumbest gang name in the movie, the winner going to the Xylophones) was supposed to remind the audience of a Kurosawa Japanese samurai-film according to the director and editor, but I don’t see it…it wasn’t that amazing.

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Overall, worth the watch but I doubt I’ll watch it again unless there is a director commentary track or something worth reliving the simple experience that watching the movie is. It doesn’t really excite me at anytime in the film, and the movie seems to bank on the catchphrase “Warriors, come out and plaaa-aay” way too much.

The Warriors is coming out to play. Can you dig that?

7/10
Author: ironhorse_iv from United States
16 April 2013
*** This review may contain spoilers ***

Warriors! Warriors! Can you come out and play. As a kid, I use to love this movie, and now when I’m an adult, I have a different opinion. It’s doesn’t hold up as much. Based on Sol Yurick’s 1965 novel of the same name. The movie starts out with two different scenes depending on which version, you watch. If you are watching the original, it’s starts out with original daytime Coney Island Boardwalk opening with the Warriors gang, War Chief Cleon (Dorsey Wright) talking to his girlfriend about attending the big meeting of all the big gangs in New York City at The Bronx which is a horrible way to start a movie.

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If you are watching the Director’s Cut; the film opens with night with Cleon telling a group of nine gang members about why they are going there. Cyrus (Roger Hill), the leader of the Riffs who wants to united all the gangs into one. Director Walter Hill use the Director’s Cut to bring back the comic book origins from a novel by inserting actual comic book-style panels as scene transitions, complete with dialogue balloons and “Meanwhile..” tags. It only kinda works, as Hill destroyed numerous legendary scenes by inserting awkward zooms, awkward cuts at pivotal moments, and freezes and transitions into stylized pseudo-comic book panels. The effect of this also completely destroy the pace and feel of one of the best, stylized, urban thrillers ever to be unleashed on an unsuspecting public. He shattered the mystery of the ambient Wonder Wheel opening by inserting an absolutely unnecessary animate reference to Anabasis before it.

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While, the film is supposedly loosely based on the work of Greek historian Xenophon. The Warriors has nothing to do with that novel. Walter Hill did considered Orson Welles as a narrator for the movie. I think that wouldn’t help the film if he did end up getting Welles. Anyways after the opening, when the group get to the Bronx, somebody killed Cyrus and framed the murder of them. Now the group of nine, must made their way back to their own turf: Coney Island while all the gangs looking for them. While, I like the original, I have to say that The Director Cut’s opening is more effective beginning at night. Throughout that night, the Warriors meet some interesting looking gangs. Sadly, none of them look menacing or a threat to the Warriors. They all look a bit over the top or silly. The Baseball Furies was off the wall.

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Dressed in New York Yankee baseball outfits and with multi-colored face-paint, the Furies don’t speak and silently chase after The Warriors armed with baseball bats. It’s just looks like a bunch of Mr. Mets mascots or WWE Abe “Knuckleball” Schwartz trying to attack them. Surprising, they are also based on a real life gang called Second Base who wore Lettermen jackets in the 1970s. Then there are the Lizzies are an all-female gang who seduce the gang so easily. I have to say that the Warriors are just dumb horn dogs to fall for it so quickly. I think the creators name them Lizzies, since it’s somewhat sounds close to lezzies. I think that was what they were trying to say with that gang. Another awful gang are the Punks. Honestly, if they went with people normally think of punks, it would be OK. But in here, the punks are wearing brightly colored outfits with dungarees like real life Chucky Dolls.

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Like the Baseball Furies, this gang doesn’t speak and they just sit or stand and stare at their opponents. The leader of the gang wears roller skates and is armed with a flick knife. Wow, how sinister. Not! The Rogues are not as well and they are the arch-rivals of the Warriors. From Hell’s Kitchen in Manhattan, The Rogues are led by Luther (David Patrick Kelly) the crazy guy who shot Cyrus just because he “likes doing things like that” and then frames The Warriors. Just go with it. They look like a gay BDSM erotic group. The Riffs are the biggest gang in the city and were led by Cyrus until he was shot by Luther are black martial artists who is hunting the Warriors as well. While the movie takes a comic book attempt, I just wish they made the gangs more realism.

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It’s weird in a way that the film did have some real life gangs in the film in the Riverside Park scene like the Homicides and Mongrels. I think film shouldn’t allow real life gangs in any fiction movie as it might seem that they are glorified real life crime. Still, I do dig the fiction gang Electric Eliminators bright electric yellow bomber jackets. I didn’t like the crew of the Warriors too much as well. Ajax (James Remar) was just unlikeable. Complaining, calling his fellow gang members ‘the f-word’ and his unhealthy appetite for women. Another character, I couldn’t stand was Mercy (Deborah Van Valkenburgh) like the Warriors said, is trouble. She get the Warriors nearly killed, but the Warriors new Warlord Swan (Michael Beck) allow her to tag along. What the hell? I wouldn’t allow her to tag along with any reason. I do like the DJ character (Lynne Thigpen).

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Only seeing her lips in the movie, the gangs of New York listen to the radio DJ to get updates on the whereabouts of The Warriors to assist with the city-wide hunt to find them. I don’t like what the Director’s cut does to the ending. That single change is so wretchedly disgraceful that it defies belief. Don’t get me wrong, I do like the movie. I like the action scenes, and I do like the soundtrack. It’s still an interesting movie. I’m just think the movie is a bit overrated. Still, check it out if you can. I still dig it.

Can you dig it ?, well actually yes Mr Hill, I bloody can !

8/10
Author: Spikeopath from United Kingdom
4 March 2008

During my schooling as a teenager there were a handful of films that it was deemed cool to love, The Wanderers, Scum, Quadrophenia and The Warriors, and it’s perhaps a weird thing to say……. but I still feel here in my middle age that these are still cool films to be adored and cherished.

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I have just sat thru The Warriors again for about the hundredth time in my life, and it still entertains me as much now as it did back then, sure it’s dated, sure I see more cheese than I thought it had back then, but I also see a visually tight movie that actually delves interestingly into the lives and psyche of young gangers.

The plot is simple, all the gangs of New York City are called to a meeting where they are called to unite to take over the city, the leader of the gang known as The Riffs is a guy called Cyrus who is the one calling for the unity. He is shot and killed during the rally and The Warriors are wrongly framed for his murder, The Warriors then have to make their way back home to Coney Island with every gang in the city out to kill them, and also with the police hot on their tail as well. This journey is excellent as we are introduced to a number of gangs trying to get the better of The Warriors, the fights are well choreographed, the clothes are wonderful, and some of the dialogue is now teenage folklore.

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The film was criticised on release for glamorising gangs, but I fail to see how this opinion was formed, if anything the film has a sad streak running thru it when you analyze the main characters on show, but be that as it may, the films triumph is getting the will of the viewer to see the unfairly tarnished Warriors make it home to Coney Island, and the climax of the film is both poignant and punch the air great, 8/10.

Unique and Timeless

Author: gr8one232 from Buffalo
12 October 2004

The greatness of this movie is in its simplicity. A basic story in a setting that may or may not really exist. The writers tease us with a few potential turns towards some kind of coming of age movie, but they keep it closer to reality by locking the characters into their current state in the end.

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The basic plot is a group of young gang members on the run from various other gangs after they are accused of murdering a prominent gang leader who had intended to unite all the gangs towards a common goal. I wont go into the plot besides that, instead I’ll highlight the bits and pieces of this film that give it its reputation

I sat watching this movie wondering what type of outside world surrounds these characters. We don’t ever get an answer to that question, but we do get a chilling scene on the subway, where the Warriors cross paths with two young couples coming from a prom or some type of formal dance. No words are said, they merely stare at the beaten and bloodied gang members (fresh off one spectacular fight scene) with fear in their eyes, and exit the train at the next stop. This scene lifts us from the plot for just a minute, but no more. The movie doesn’t lose focus, but it does open up for just a little bit to make you think

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When the Warriors return to Coney, Swan comments that they fought all night to get back to a s***hole. I worried that the movie was going to take a dramatic turn that would ultimately fail, but it doesn’t. Its merely a quick snapshot, like the subway scene, that maybe there’s more out there than this gang world. But whos to know or care. I loved it.

Lastly, David Patrick Kelly puts a stamp on this film with his slightly maniacal Luther. Hes about 175 soaking wet, but is still chilling in his role. The best line of the movie is his explanation for shooting Cyrus. You expect it to be some deep conspiracy so his gang can take over, or some outstanding revenge motive, but nah. Another example of this movie having limits that kept it in check. Excellent

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You will never see another movie like this, that sticks so closely to its simple plot with such brilliance. Modern movies always have to dig deeper. In many cases this is a good thing, but most of the time it fails and makes the movie fail to reach its potential. I’m curious how the remake will turn out, but I’m almost certain it will disappoint by trying to stretch beyond the original. Its like a band covering an old song and changing it around to fit their own sound, but failing miserably. Had they stuck to the old formula, it wouldve worked just fine. Time will tell though.

4

Coney Island’s BEST

9/10
Author: (barreljumpersblog) from Michigan
11 August 2015

If you’re talking cult movies from the 1970s then The Warriors is seminal to that conversation. The mood and atmosphere and visual-style of this movie encapsulates the crime-ridden city that was New York in the 70s. Today when people discuss the movies of the grind-house era, The Warriors is the pinnacle of that. For this little time capsule alone you can enjoy this movie since 99% of the film was shot on location.

This movie is a freight-train of momentum that doesn’t let dialogue slow it down. The plot is bare bones and characterization is kept to a minimum but very thing works. Before Mad Max: Fury Road, there was The Warriors and both movies share many similarities in their general approach to pace and world-building. I won’t slow things down by discussing the storyline or characters, because you need to enter this movie and experience it for yourself.

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Recently the pod-cast Don and his Amazing Friend did a thorough discussion of the movie where the covered everything from the original scripts to all the minor items to look for throughout the movie. It’s worth a listen…but only after you take the time to watch or re-watch this classic movie.

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