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Release Date:
4 July 1979 (USA) See more »
It's 1963. Meet The Wanderers... They were the hottest guys in town. See more »
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 »
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  (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)

Jacqueline Kennedy ... Herself (archive footage) (uncredited)

John F. Kennedy ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Wayne Knight ... Waiter (uncredited)
John Macaluso ... Duckie Boy (uncredited)

Tommy Otis ... Extra (uncredited)
Rick Shur ... Duckie Boy (uncredited)
Don Stitt ... Ducky Boy w / bat (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)
Julie Keye .... asst. sound editor (uncredited)
Curt Schulkey .... dialogue editor (uncredited)
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)
Robert Connors .... best boy (uncredited)
Adam Kimmel .... camera apprentice (uncredited)
Jack Volpe .... dolly grip (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)
David Ticotin .... production assistant (uncredited)

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112 min | 117 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:M | Australia:R (original rating) | Finland:K-16 (video rating) (1991) | Finland:K-18 (1980) | France:16 | Iceland:16 | Netherlands:16 | Norway:18 | Sweden:15 | UK:18 | UK:15 (re-rating) (2004) | USA:R | West Germany:16

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Cameo: [Richard Price]in the bowling alley scene as the bankroller from Long Island.See more »
Factual errors: The Holy Mass/Holy Communion scene with the Duckies has several factual mistakes. First, before Vatican Council II in the late 1960's, evening Masses were extremely rare, usually taking place only at the Easter and Christmas Vigil Masses. In the movie, 25 candles are burning. At most 7 candles would be lit on or near the altar during the celebration of the Mass. The priest is throwing the host into the recipients' mouths when in real life he would have been gently placing them on their tongues. The movie includes a potato chip crunch sound. Being made only of wheat and water the hosts are silent when chewed. Finally when the one Duckie goes to investigate the screams of Turkey, he genuflects towards the altar on his left knee. In reality one always genuflects on their right knee. The people responsible for this should have done a better job.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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9 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
This is IT!, 14 November 2002
Author: lyonspride

This movie is awesome. It is the single best movie in the teenage/gang type movies and I have no idea why this movie is not alot more known, it is clearly a lost classic and highly underrated. This movie is way better then "The Outsiders" "Grease" or any other film in this similar genre. 10/10 easy.

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