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The Wanderers (1979)

 -  Drama  -  4 July 1979 (USA)
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Set against the urban jungle of 1963 New York's gangland subculture, this coming of age teenage movie is set around the Italian gang the Wanderers. Slight comedy, slight High School angst ... See full summary »

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Linda Manz ...
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Erland van Lidth ...
Terror (as Erland Van Lidth De Jeude)
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Chubby Galasso
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Clinton
Burtt Harris ...
Marine Recruiter
Samm-Art Williams ...
Roger
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Set against the urban jungle of 1963 New York's gangland subculture, this coming of age teenage movie is set around the Italian gang the Wanderers. Slight comedy, slight High School angst and every bit entertaining with its classic 1950's Rock n' Roll soundtrack such as "Walk Like a Man", "Big Girls Don't Cry" by The Four Seasons and "My Boyfriend's Back" by The Angels. Focusing around a football game where the different gangs play with and against each other, then at its grand finale, come together in a mass of union to defend their honour and their turf. Nostalgic stuff and above all a Rock n' Roll retrospective on a grand musical era. Timeless. Written by Cinema_Fan

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It's 1963. Meet The Wanderers... They were the hottest guys in town. See more »

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Drama

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4 July 1979 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Gangue da Pesada  »

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The movie playing on the television at the beginning of the movie is The Three Stooges in Orbit (1962) See more »

Goofs

The Holy Mass/Holy Communion scene with the Duckies has several factual mistakes. First, before Vatican Council II in the late 1960's, evening Masses were extremely rare, usually taking place only at the Easter and Christmas Vigil Masses. In the movie, 25 candles are burning. At most 7 candles would be lit on or near the altar during the celebration of the Mass. The priest is throwing the host into the recipients' mouths when in real life he would have been gently placing them on their tongues. The movie includes a potato chip crunch sound. Being made only of wheat and water the hosts are silent when chewed. Finally when the one Duckie goes to investigate the screams of Turkey, he genuflects towards the altar on his left knee. In reality one always genuflects on their right knee. The people responsible for this should have done a better job. See more »

Quotes

[Richie and Despi are on her couch, where he's trying to get her to have sex]
Despie Galasso: Please, Richie, let me do it with my hand.
Richie: No! *I* can do it with my hand!
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Referenced in Old School (2003) See more »

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Sherry
Performed by The Four Seasons
Courtesy of The Four Seasons Partnership
Written by Bob Gaudio (uncredited)
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