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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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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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The magic, the music, the mystery of growing up. See more »

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The gangs whose names are introduced early in the film (including The Wanderers) were based on real street gangs in the New York City area. However, they did not all exist at the same point in time. Many of the Wanderers did actually belong to a local football team, named "The Stingers". See more »

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The Fordham Baldies are portrayed as bald. The real "Baldies" were in fact named for the American Bald Eagle, and the gang sported elaborate "D.A." hairstyles. Dion DiMucci was a member as a teenager, and he alludes to this mistake in his autobiography, The Wanderer. 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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Soldier Boy
Performed by The Shirelles
Courtesy of Springboard International Records Inc.
Written by Luther Dixon (uncredited) and Florence Green (uncredited)
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This is IT!
14 November 2002 | by See all my reviews

This movie is awesome. It is the single best movie in the teenage/gang type movies and I have no idea why this movie is not alot more known, it is clearly a lost classic and highly underrated. This movie is way better then "The Outsiders" "Grease" or any other film in this similar genre. 10/10 easy.


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