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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 was The Wanderers against the world... and the world never had a chance! See more »

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Trivia

The Ducky Boys, an actual Bronx gang that was portrayed in the movie, continued in existence through the 1970s. Though portrayed in the movie and Richard Price novel as "killers", neighborhood residents recall the gang as annoying rather than criminal. 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: You hear the whistle?
Buddy: Yeah. Ready to kick some ass!
[Joey and Turkey run by them]
Richie: Hey, Hey Joey! Who we fighting?
Joey: The Baldies!
Richie: The Baldies? Oh, shit!
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References The Hustler (1961) See more »

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Bach Adagio and Fugue in 'C'
Organist: Chuck Ward
Music by Johann Sebastian Bach (as Bach)
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How come this hasn't become a classic?
7 December 2000 | by (Dobbs Ferry, NY) – See all my reviews

One of the greatest scenes ever put on film is in this movie: Ken Wahl, about to get married, facing the transition between youth and responsibility, peers through a window at the action at Gerdes' Folk City in Greenwich Village, where, he dimly senses, there's a whole new world beyond his comprehension...it's pure gold, like most everything in this movie. I don't recall rock'n'roll songs ever being put to better or more appropriate use in a sound track. I don't recall a movie ever shifting more seamlessly, effortlessly, from gritty naturalism to bizarro impressionism and back. The cast is great! Whatever happened to some of these actors? There really was a Fordham Baldies, and I grew up not far from the old Alexander's in the Bronx, so I can't pretend to objectivity. For me, this is rather like a New York version of American Graffiti; it creates a world that I feel at home in, even if I never was a gang member and we left the Bronx when I was eight. By the way, the adaptation from Richard Price's book is, I think, remarkable. The book is a series of thematically linked stories that become a single organic story in the film. And I can't blame Ken Wahl--or his character--from being besotted by Karen Allen. Personally, I'd have gone right into Gerdes and flung myself at her feet. Oh yeah, the late Dolph Sweet is superb here.


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