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The Wanderers (1979)

R  |   |  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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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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Also Known As:

A Gangue da Pesada  »

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Trivia

Jim Youngs' film debut. See more »

Goofs

When Joey, Richie and Nina pull up to the party (and duck down so the parents won't see them) they're in a 1960 Chevrolet. When they get out, it's a different car. See more »

Quotes

Nina: [realizes Ritchie and Joey are cheating at strip poker with Despie and herself]
Nina: Hey, wait a minute there's something fishy going on here! You know, in a couple minutes we're going to be naked, and then what?
Richie: Then we play one more hand.
Nina: For what?
Joey: [whistles casually]
Nina: For What?
Joey: Then we get to do whatevah' we want to do.
Despie Galasso: OK, that's IT! We got to back to the party!
Richie: What the party? What are you talkin' about we're just havin' some fun here.
Nina: C'mon Despie, we don't have to stop playing.
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Connections

References X: The Man with the X-Ray Eyes (1963) See more »

Soundtracks

Do You Love Me
Performed by The Contours
Courtesy of Motown Record Corporation
Written by Berry Gordy (uncredited)
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I Wander at how anyone doesn't like this movie
21 March 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Philip Kaufman is a great director (true some of his films are not my cup of tea, so to speak, such as "Quills" & "the Unbearable Lightness of Being", but he's had his hand in "The Right Stuff", "Indiana Jones" & "the Outlaw Josey Wales", and that ALONE qualifies him for greatness) This film is one of my favorite coming-of-age movies, having never read the book it was based on didn't deter me from falling in love with this movie. The whole cast does spot-on performances and you grow to really feel for these characters and while it seems a bit episodic, it all ties together in the end. Many memorable scenes and an amazingly good soundtrack. Definately in my top 20 of all-time.

My Grade: A

DVD Extras: Commentary by Philip Kaufman; Theatrical Trailer


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