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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)
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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117 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 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 | UK:18 | UK:15 (re-rating) (2004) | USA:R | West Germany:16

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Ken Wahl's film debut.See more »
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): In a classroom scene, Mr. Sharp writes on the blackboard "all men are created equal." He asks the class "who wrote that?" The class jokes "you did." Then Sharp says it was 'A. Lincoln'. It was written by Thomas Jefferson in the Declaration of Independence.See more »
[Richie is facing Chubby after he gets Despi pregnant]
Chubby Galasso:I don't blame you. When I was your age, I was knockin' 'em off left and right; but I never did it with nobody's daughter. You should have given her an ankle bracelet and stuck to jerkin' off!
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9 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
One of my personal "cult classics", 11 October 2003
Author: pfgleeson from Illinois

A memorable film about a "club" of Italian-American teenagers in The Bronx of 1963. (Today we'd call them a "gang," but if you compare the "Wanderers" to today's "Bloods", "Gangster Disciples", etc., those l963 kids were relative sissies.)

The movie is unpretentious, Its structure, pace, and acting are outstanding, with special kudos for the renditions of various neighborhood "characters" by largely unknown players. (Karen Allen, Ken Wahl, and Olympia Dukakis went on to later fame, but I don't think they were well-known in 1979). Not since "Marty" has a film captured the essence of so many day-to-day denizens of its neighborhood.

The settings are authentic (I lived two blocks away from the hangout of the fictional "Fordham Baldies" in 1963), as is the soundtrack, featuring Dion & The Belmonts, The Ventures, and others. Try it!

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