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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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Burtt Harris ...
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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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A Gangue da Pesada  »

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Trivia

Jim Youngs who plays Buddy wrote "Stranger Girl" the song sung by the Wanderers in the car ride scene. 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

Peewee: [Overhearing what Joey says Turkey about the Baldies] Hey, Terror! This guy just said we look like a bunch of pricks with ears!
Joey: [Terror and the rest of the Baldies walk toward Joey] I didn't say that! I didn't say that!
Peewee: Oh yeah! What did you say?
Joey: I said, uh, you guys look like a bunch of, uh, ears without pricks!
[Takes off running with the Baldies in pursuit]
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Soundtracks

Runaround Sue
Performed by Dion DiMucci (as Dion)
Courtesy of Laurie Records
Written by Ernie Maresca and Dion DiMucci (uncredited)
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WONDERFUL COMING-OF-AGE MOVIE
17 January 2001 | by See all my reviews

This film has so much more to it than other 'gang' films of the era. I remember when it came out at the cinema and was unfairly compared to 'The Warriors' which is a very different film (although both have the gangs in New York setting). I love this film as it is witty, funny, sad, and has a dark and stylistic tone. PHILIP KAUFMAN is a great director and really proves it here. The acting is great, and it is interesting that only KAREN ALLEN 'made it' to Hollywood fame and went onto make films like 'Raiders of the Lost Ark', 'Starman', 'Scrooged' and 'Perfect Storm'. What happened to the other actors? This is a 'cult' epic if ever there was one and it seems to have grown in popularity over the years. Deservedly so in my opinion. Timeless and charming - THE WANDERERS are forever!


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