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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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Samm-Art Williams ...
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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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4 July 1979 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Los pandilleros  »

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Opening Weekend:

$1,937 (USA) (18 November 2016)

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$11,827 (USA) (2 December 2016)
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Joey's artwork was done by comic book artist Neal Adams. See more »

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Perry and his friends are driving after Nina, when they get lost and are found to be in the place of the Ducky Boys. After that, Perry goes out from his car to fight with them, when one of the Ducky Boys hit him with a baseball club until it breaks up. When the same guy is seen again in a different scenery, the baseball club is back to normal. See more »

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Nina: [realizes Ritchie and Joey are cheating at strip poker with Despie and herself]
Nina: Hey, wait a minute there's something fishy going on here! You know, in a couple minutes we're going to be naked, and then what?
Richie: Then we play one more hand.
Nina: For what?
Joey: [whistles casually]
Nina: For What?
Joey: Then we get to do whatevah' we want to do.
Despie Galasso: OK, that's IT! We got to back to the party!
Richie: What the party? What are you talkin' about we're just havin' some fun here.
Nina: C'mon Despie, we don't have to stop playing.
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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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Intelliegent and surreal
21 September 1998 | by See all my reviews

This may appear to be your typical coming-of-age-in-da-Bronx movie, but it actually is a lot more than that. It has a surreal quality in the form of the Duckie Boys, who appear and disappear with equal ease. Of course they are symbolic of the troubled times to come in the 60's. Throughout the issues the film deals with, there are great performances, a killer soundtrack and a real feel for the period. I can't imagine anyone not getting something from viewing this fine movie.


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