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The Wanderers -- 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...

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Director:
Writers:
Richard Price (novel)
Rose Kaufman (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
4 July 1979 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
It's 1963. Meet The Wanderers... They were the hottest guys in town. See more »
Plot:
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... See more » | Full synopsis »
User Reviews:
Screenplay Notes - Part 1 See more (51 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Ken Wahl ... Richie
John Friedrich ... Joey

Karen Allen ... Nina
Toni Kalem ... Despie Galasso

Alan Rosenberg ... Turkey
Jim Youngs ... Buddy

Tony Ganios ... Perry
Linda Manz ... Peewee

William Andrews ... Emilio
Erland van Lidth ... Terror (as Erland Van Lidth De Jeude)

Val Avery ... Mr. Sharp
Dolph Sweet ... Chubby Galasso

Michael Wright ... Clinton
Burtt Harris ... Marine Recruiter
Samm-Art Williams ... Roger
Dion Albanese ... Teddy Wong

Olympia Dukakis ... Joey's Mom
George Merolle ... Peppy Dio
Terri Perri ... Terri Perri
John Califano ... Bowling Bankroller

Richard Price ... Bowling Bankroller
Linda Artuso ... Buddy's Woman
Earlie J. Butler III ... Del Bomber
Rafael Cabrera ... Del Bomber
Brian Colleary ... Referee
Rosemary De Angelis ... Waitress
Lorna Erickson ... Gloria Galasso

Ken Foree ... Black Sportsman
Sally Anne Golden ... Crying Woman
Leon W. Grant ... Boo Boo (as Leon Grant)
Jery Hewitt ... Bowler

Adam Kimmel ... Folk Singer
Tara King ... Pretty Girl
Faith Minton ... Big Lady

Bruce Nozick ... Dushie

Michael Pasternak ... Georgie
Sheryl Posner ... Despie's Girlfriend
Bert Samuel ... Mau Mau
Konrad Sheehan ... Ducky Boy 2nd-In-Command

Frank Ferrara ... Wanderer
Paul Lisotta ... Wanderer
Thomas H. LoRusso ... Wanderer
Anthony Pleskow ... Wanderer
Steven Santillo ... Wanderer
Billy Stulberg ... Wanderer
Victor Terry ... Wanderer

F.X. Vitolo ... Wanderer (as Frank Vitolo)
Harry Benjamin ... Pharoah Leader
Alan Braunstein ... Ducky Boy Leader
Mark Lesly ... Second Ducky Boy
Farrel R. Tannenbaum ... Ray Leader
Anthony Tirico ... Executioner Leader
Vinnie De Carlo ... Albert
Dom De Prospo ... Dom
Tony Munafo ... Tony
Michael J. Raffaele ... Mike

Danny Aiello III ... Baldie
Michael Amato ... Baldie

John Devaney ... Baldie
Terrence George ... Baldie

Nicholas J. Giangiulio ... Baldie
Eddie Horre ... Baldie
Dennis M. Lee ... Baldie
Ralph Mazzella ... Baldie
Peter Potulski ... Baldie
Jimmy Scagnelli ... Baldie
Joe Zimmardi ... Baldie
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Frankie Como ... Wanderer (uncredited)
Frank Conroy ... Wanderer (uncredited)

Wayne Knight ... Waiter (uncredited)
John Macaluso ... Duckie Boy (uncredited)
Tommy Otis ... Extra (uncredited)
Rick Shur ... Duckie Boy (uncredited)
Timothy Aaron Styles ... Dell Bomber (uncredited)

Directed by
Philip Kaufman 
 
Writing credits
Richard Price (novel)

Rose Kaufman (screenplay) and
Philip Kaufman (screenplay)

Produced by
Fred C. Caruso .... associate producer
John W. Hyde .... executive producer
Martin Ransohoff .... producer
Richard R. St. Johns .... executive producer
 
Cinematography by
Michael Chapman 
 
Film Editing by
Stuart H. Pappé 
Ronald Roose 
 
Casting by
Scott Rudin 
 
Production Design by
John Jay Moore 
 
Set Decoration by
Thomas C. Tonery  (as Thomas Tonery)
 
Costume Design by
Robert De Mora 
 
Makeup Department
Philip Leto .... hair stylist
Craig Lyman .... special makeup effects artist
Bob O'Bradovich .... makeup artist (as Robert O'Bradovich)
 
Production Management
Fred C. Caruso .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Laurie B. Eichengreen .... second assistant director
Alan Hopkins .... assistant director
Thomas A. Reilly .... dga trainee (as Thomas Reilly)
 
Art Department
Neal Adams .... artist: Joey's banner
Joseph M. Caracciolo .... property master (as Joseph Caracciolo)
Richard A. Ventre .... chargeman scenic artist (as Richard Ventre)
Sherman Labby .... production illustrator (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Nathan Boxer .... sound man (as Nat Boxer)
Steve Maslow .... post-production sound mixer
Tex Rudloff .... post-production sound mixer
Sam F. Shaw .... sound effects (as Sam Shaw)
Bill Varney .... post-production sound mixer
Ken Dufva .... foley artist (uncredited)
Curt Schulkey .... dialogue editor (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Eddie Earl Hatch .... utility stunts
Victor Magnotta .... stunt coordinator
Steve James .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Joseph Di Pasquale .... first assistant camera
Edward Gold .... camera operator
Louis Goldman .... still photographer
Sal Martorano .... electrician
Richard Quinlan .... gaffer
Ed Quinn .... key grip (as Edward Quinn)
Adam Kimmel .... camera apprentice (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Margery Simkin .... special casting
Joy Todd .... extras casting
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Marilyn Bishop .... costumer: women
Michael Dennison .... costumer: men
Warren Morrill .... costume supervisor
Richard Shissler .... assistant costume designer
Susan Brown .... assistant costume designer (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Cynthia Maurizio .... assistant editor
Craig McKay .... additional editor
Nicholas C. Smith .... assistant film editor (as Nicholas Smith)
 
Music Department
Susan R. Crutcher .... music editor (as Susan Crutcher)
Phill Sawyer .... music production coordinator
 
Transportation Department
Edward Iacobelli .... transportation coordinator
 
Other crew
Linda Artuso .... dance instructor
Nancy Forner .... production assistant
Sidney Gecker .... script supervisor
Lilly Kilvert .... location consultant
Anne Kingman Page .... assistant to director
Victor Livingston .... production assistant
Norman Mau .... production assistant
Kyle McCarthy .... production assistant
Amy Ness .... production assistant
Bruce Patterson .... production assistant
Michele Connors Raley .... assistant to producer
Jay Remer .... unit publicist
Lucille Smith .... auditor (as Lucille Masone Cannon)
David A. Starke .... location assistant (as David Starke)
David Streit .... location manager
Cathleen Summers .... executive assistant to producer
Lawrence Tan .... martial arts coordinator
Susan Zwerman .... location manager
Stephen A. Glanzrock .... production assistant (uncredited)
 

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Runtime:
117 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Certification:
Australia:M | Australia:R (original rating) | Finland:K-16 (video rating) (1991) | Finland:K-18 (1980) | France:16 | Iceland:16 | Netherlands:16 | Norway:18 | UK:18 | USA:R | West Germany:16

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Cameo: [Richard Price]in the bowling alley scene as the bankroller from Long Island.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: When Nina Joey and Richie go to the party, My Boyfriend's Back by the Angels is playing on the record player. The Angels were on the Smash label which was all red, the record playing was on a green label, Lucky Seven records.See more »
Quotes:
Clinton:Mr. Sharp... Now them white boys here, They is getting obstreperous.See more »
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Soundtrack:
FluorescencesSee more »

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9 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Screenplay Notes - Part 1, 23 October 1998
Author: Larry B. from Chappaqua, NY

Interestingly enough, most of the gangs portrayed in the film were neither symbolic nor imaginary, but were based on various real gangs who existed at different periods throughout the fifties and early sixties.

Many of these gangs were not real gangs in the common theatrical sense, but were specific ethnic groups of teens from different Bronx and Manhattan neighborhoods. Of course, each group developed its own mythical idea of what the other groups were like, and in his novel, Richard Price used much of this teenage myth and lore.

Of all the well-embellished epics common to the teens in the Wanderers' neighborhood , those dealing with the Duckies were the most detailed and commonly accepted. The Duckies, whether or not they were truly an organized group with such a name, were "the guys across the tracks", insofar as The Wanderers were concerned (the tracks being the NY Central's Harlem Line). They lived in the predominantly Irish neighborhood directly across Bronx Park. I believe their frightening, near demonic quality in the movie was based on a single actual event when two of the Wanderers were actually attacked in the park. Since The Wanderers had never really engaged in any real "gang wars" (or any significant fighting for that matter), that particular episode was the source of most of their perceptions of the Duckie Boys' penchant for unbridled violence.

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