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The Wanderers (1979)

R | | 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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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

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The magic, the music, the mystery of growing up. See more »




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Release Date:

4 July 1979 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Los pandilleros  »

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1.85 : 1
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Joey's artwork was done by comic book artist Neal Adams. See more »


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 »


Peewee: [Overhearing what Joey says Turkey about the Baldies] Hey, Terror! This guy just said we look like a bunch of pricks with ears!
Joey: [Terror and the rest of the Baldies walk toward Joey] I didn't say that! I didn't say that!
Peewee: Oh yeah! What did you say?
Joey: I said, uh, you guys look like a bunch of, uh, ears without pricks!
[Takes off running with the Baldies in pursuit]
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Soldier Boy
Performed by The Shirelles
Courtesy of Springboard International Records Inc.
Written by Luther Dixon (uncredited) and Florence Green (uncredited)
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Gritty and wonderful. A fantastic recent re-discovery.
13 May 2001 | by (Melbourne, Australia) – See all my reviews

This film made a BIG impression on me when I was growing up. More than any other film, it captured the timelessness of the transition from being a boy to becomming a man and how you leave childish things behind. Funny, raucous and, at times, both disturbing and moving,this film has it all. If you've never seen "The Wanderers", please do yourself a favour- you won't regret it.

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