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 ...
Erland van Lidth ...
Terror (as Erland Van Lidth De Jeude)
Dolph Sweet ...
Chubby Galasso
Burtt Harris ...
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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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Did You Know?


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 »


(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 »


Peewee: Nobody fucks with the Baldies!
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Walk Like a Man
Performed by The Four Seasons
Courtesy of The Four Seasons Partnership
Written by Bob Gaudio (uncreditd) and Bob Crewe (uncredited)
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The real "American Graffiti"
23 May 1999 | by (Keene, New Hampshire) – See all my reviews

Those halcyon "Happy Days" weren't all happy! Ken Wahl and Karen Allen give gritty, gutsy gusto and pre-Beatles gestalt to this uncompromising teen tale from the doo wop era.

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