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The Wanderers (1979)

R | | Drama | 4 July 1979 (USA)
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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John Friedrich ...
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Terror (as Erland Van Lidth De Jeude)
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Chubby Galasso
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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's 1963. Meet The Wanderers... They were the hottest guys in town. See more »

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Jim Youngs' film debut. See more »

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(at around 22 mins) You can see the boom sound mic in the reflection of a parked car window that Turkey passes by while arguing with Joey about shaving his head to get in with the Fordham Baldies. See more »

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Joey: Those guys just look like a bunch of Neanderthal retardos' man, take a look at them.
Turkey: Are you kiddin' man? Those are the Fordham Baldies JOEY! They're so Fuckin' insane man, they shave their heads so their hair won't get in their eyes when they FIGHT! No one Fucks with the Baldies MAN!
Joey: Those guys look like a bunch of pricks with ears.
Peewee: What you'd just say?
Joey: I ain't talkin' to yuh', SCRAM!
Turkey: Easy Joey, easy. Hey yuh Peewee. Joey this is Peewee, she's head of the ladies Baldies auxiliary. That's ...
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References X: The Man with the X-Ray Eyes (1963) See more »

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Do You Love Me
Performed by The Contours
Courtesy of Motown Record Corporation
Written by Berry Gordy (uncredited)
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One of my personal "cult classics"
11 October 2003 | by (Illinois) – See all my reviews

A memorable film about a "club" of Italian-American teenagers in The Bronx of 1963. (Today we'd call them a "gang," but if you compare the "Wanderers" to today's "Bloods", "Gangster Disciples", etc., those l963 kids were relative sissies.)

The movie is unpretentious, Its structure, pace, and acting are outstanding, with special kudos for the renditions of various neighborhood "characters" by largely unknown players. (Karen Allen, Ken Wahl, and Olympia Dukakis went on to later fame, but I don't think they were well-known in 1979). Not since "Marty" has a film captured the essence of so many day-to-day denizens of its neighborhood.

The settings are authentic (I lived two blocks away from the hangout of the fictional "Fordham Baldies" in 1963), as is the soundtrack, featuring Dion & The Belmonts, The Ventures, and others. Try it!


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