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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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Ken Wahl's film debut. See more »

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Richie mistakenly identifies The Golden Guineas as being from Brooklyn. They were in fact from the Tremont Avenue/ Pellham Bay section of the Bronx. Richie certainly would've known this. See more »

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Clinton: Mr. Sharp... Now them white boys here, They is getting obstreperous.
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References War Is Hell (1961) See more »

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Stranger Girl
Composed by Jim Youngs
Performed by Jim Youngs, Ken Wahl, John Friedrich and Tony Ganios (as The Wanderers)
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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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