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The Wanderers (1979)

 -  Drama  -  4 July 1979 (USA)
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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 ... 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 was The Wanderers against the world... and the world never had a chance! See more »

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A Gangue da Pesada  »

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Trivia

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 Holy Mass/Holy Communion scene with the Duckies has several factual mistakes. First, before Vatican Council II in the late 1960's, evening Masses were extremely rare, usually taking place only at the Easter and Christmas Vigil Masses. In the movie, 25 candles are burning. At most 7 candles would be lit on or near the altar during the celebration of the Mass. The priest is throwing the host into the recipients' mouths when in real life he would have been gently placing them on their tongues. The movie includes a potato chip crunch sound. Being made only of wheat and water the hosts are silent when chewed. Finally when the one Duckie goes to investigate the screams of Turkey, he genuflects towards the altar on his left knee. In reality one always genuflects on their right knee. The people responsible for this should have done a better job. See more »

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Emilio: [To Joey as they watch the Ducky Boys advancing on them] Who are these guys; friends of yours?
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Fluorescences
Performed by The Chorus and Polish State Philharmonic Orchestra (as Symphony Orchestra of the National Philharmonic of Warsaw)
Courtesy of Phonogram-Mercury, Inc.
Music by Krzysztof Penderecki (uncredited)
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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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