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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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Terror (as Erland Van Lidth De Jeude)
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Dolph Sweet ...
Chubby Galasso
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Clinton
Burtt Harris ...
Marine Recruiter
Samm-Art Williams ...
Roger
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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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Drama

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4 July 1979 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Los pandilleros  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$11,827 (USA) (2 December 2016)
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

(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 »

Quotes

Joey: Gotta go, but if you ever need us just whistle loud and we'll be there.
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Connections

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

Soundtracks

Ya Ya
Performed by Lee Dorsey
Courtesy of Roulette Records, Inc.
Written by Clarence Lewis (uncredited), Lee Dorsey, Bobby Robinson (uncredited), Morris Levy (uncredited)
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One of the best!
15 July 2006 | by (Pennsylvania, USA) – See all my reviews

I came across this movie by accident. It showed up on Cinemax one day and I was hooked just by the first two minutes. This ranks up there as one of my favorite movies of all time. From the opening scenes of the Bronx in 1963 while The Four Seasons "Walk like a Man" is playing to the end when we hear Dion's "The Wanderers" this is truly a special movie. All the actors in this movie are wonderful too. How could you not love Ritchie (Ken Whal)? He is so handsome. I also loved Perry "Leave the kid alone". You have all the gangs like The Baldies, The Wongs, The Ducky Boys etc... and I crack up over Terror & Pee Wee (what a couple). If you like "The Bronx Tale", "The Outsiders", or "Grease", then you will love this even more. Don't pass this one up. It's one of the best!


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