57 user 41 critic

The Wanderers (1979)

R | | Drama | 4 July 1979 (USA)
2:18 | Trailer

On Disc

at Amazon

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 »



(novel), (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
1 nomination. See more awards »



Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

The Warriors (1979)
Action | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

In 1979, a charismatic leader summons the street gangs of New York City in a bid to take it over. When he is killed, The Warriors are falsely blamed and now must fight their way home while every other gang is hunting them down to kill them.

Director: Walter Hill
Stars: Michael Beck, James Remar, Dorsey Wright
Adventure | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

In 1896, three whalers are stranded in the Arctic North Canada and seek refuge with an Eskimo tribe. Gradually they gain control with the Eskimo village and introduce gambling, booze, theft... See full summary »

Director: Philip Kaufman
Stars: Warren Oates, Timothy Bottoms, Louis Gossett Jr.
Goldstein (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A modern-day interpretation of the story of Elijah, a prophet who supposedly heralded the end of time.

Directors: Philip Kaufman, Benjamin Manaster
Stars: Lou Gilbert, Ellen Madison, Tom Erhart
Fantasy | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.7/10 X  

A satirical comedy about an unsophisticated country boy who treks off to Chicago, gets shot by mobsters and awakens to find that he has the powers of Superman. In HD.

Director: Philip Kaufman
Stars: Jon Voight, Monique van Vooren, Severn Darden
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Kid brother Chuco (Danny De La Paz) is a sullen low-rider still caught up in the life. Despite their differences, their family bond is strong. But that bond is violently tested when rivals ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Pressman
Stars: Richard Yniguez, Danny De La Paz, Marta DuBois
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

The gangs of Jesse James and Cole Younger join forces for a bungled robbery of the bank in Northfield, MN.

Director: Philip Kaufman
Stars: Cliff Robertson, Robert Duvall, Luke Askew
The Wanderers I (2016)
Drama | Fantasy | Horror

There is something real and scarier than vampires in Transylvania.

Director: Dragos Buliga
Stars: Armand Assante, Lior Ashkenazi, Branko Djuric
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.2/10 X  

The cast of the Warriors reunite in Coney Island to see the impact the movie has had there.

Director: Patrick Nicholas Smith
Stars: Michael Beck, Dorsey Wright, David Harris
Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

In San Francisco, a group of people discover the human race is being replaced one by one, with clones devoid of emotion.

Director: Philip Kaufman
Stars: Donald Sutherland, Brooke Adams, Jeff Goldblum
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

A group of kids in Brooklyn form a gang. From this moment on they do everything together. This makes things easier but at the same time they have to face new problems.

Directors: Martin Davidson, Stephen Verona
Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Henry Winkler, Perry King
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A mercenary is hired to rescue his ex-girlfriend, a singer who has been kidnapped by a motorcycle gang.

Director: Walter Hill
Stars: Michael Paré, Diane Lane, Rick Moranis
Henry & June (1990)
Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

In 1931 Paris, Anais Nin meets Henry Miller and his wife June. Intrigued by them both, she begins expanding her sexual horizons with her husband Hugo as well as with Henry and others. June ... See full summary »

Director: Philip Kaufman
Stars: Fred Ward, Uma Thurman, Maria de Medeiros


Cast overview, first billed only:
John Friedrich ...
Toni Kalem ...
Jim Youngs ...
Tony Ganios ...
Linda Manz ...
Terror (as Erland Van Lidth De Jeude)
Dolph Sweet ...
Chubby Galasso
Burtt Harris ...
Marine Recruiter
Samm-Art Williams ...


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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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




R | See all certifications »




Release Date:

4 July 1979 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Los pandilleros  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


The "elbow-tit" scene, where Ken Wahl first meets Karen Allen, was shot on Lydig Avenue, one block south of Pelham Parkway, outside of the actual Wanderers' turf, which ranged from Allerton to Burke Avenues. See more »


(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 »


Peppy Dio: You guys are gonna win big tonight!
Joey: [about the bowling hustlers] What, are you kidding, Peppy Dio? These guys is good enough to be pros.
Peppy Dio: Now you're thinkin'. They is pros. Chubby checked up on them. They go around to the different lanes. Hustle the house bowlers. They hustle the hustlers. They are greedy boys.
Joey: Hey, what's Chubby gonna do?
Peppy Dio: Chubby got a way of creating miracles.
See more »


Referenced in The Big Box: The Ritz (2009) See more »


I Love You
Performed by The Volumes
Courtesy of Suellen Productions, Inc.
Written by Chuck Dukowski (uncredited), Willie Ewing (uncredited), Gordon Jenkins (uncredited), Ernest Newsom (uncredited), Jerry Jeff Walker (uncredited)
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

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!

24 of 28 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Warriors vs. Wanderers NaveedPony
homosexual overtones ddinaj
Ducky boys nationality ? caldwell-9
Fordham Baldies Nationality? Crash_Override9207
Locations. DBrabes
wanderers jacket moontheloonuk
Discuss The Wanderers (1979) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: