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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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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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A Gangue da Pesada  »

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Trivia

Jim Youngs' film debut. See more »

Goofs

The Fordham Baldies are portrayed as bald. The real "Baldies" were in fact named for the American Bald Eagle, and the gang sported elaborate "D.A." hairstyles. Dion DiMucci was a member as a teenager, and he alludes to this mistake in his autobiography, The Wanderer. See more »

Quotes

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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I Love You
Performed by The Volumes
Courtesy of Suellen Productions, Inc.
Written by Chuck Dukowski (uncredited), Willie Ewing (uncredited), Gordon Jenkins (uncredited), Ernest Newsom (uncredited), Jerry Jeff Walker (uncredited)
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