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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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It's 1963. Meet The Wanderers... They were the hottest guys in town. See more »

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Joey's artwork was done by comic book artist Neal Adams. See more »

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In the opening scene, when Turkey is walking to meet the Baldies and talking with Joey, the film crew can be seen in the reflections of the cars he passes. See more »

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Chubby Galasso: It's a shame to see kids beatin' each other's brains out, especially when there's no financial advantage.
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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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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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