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(1979)

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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".
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The football game sequence was shot in three days.
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One of a number of 1979 "gang movies" which were first released in that year. The pictures included Walk Proud (1979), The Warriors (1979), Boulevard Nights (1979) and The Wanderers (1979). Then hot on the heels in 1980 came John Carpenter's Escape from New York (1981).
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Kiss guitarist Ace Frehley was an actual member of The Ducky Boys gang. In his autobiography titled "No Regrets" he recounts his initiation and involvement with the Ducky Boys in his youth.
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The "elbow-tit" scene, where Ken Wahl first meets Karen Allen, was shot on Lydig Avenue, one block south of Pelham Parkway, outside of the actual Wanderers' turf, which ranged from Allerton to Burke Avenues.
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The Ducky Boys, an actual Bronx gang that was portrayed in the movie, continued in existence through the 1970s. Though portrayed in the movie and Richard Price novel as "killers", neighborhood residents recall the gang as annoying rather than criminal.
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Joey's artwork was done by comic book artist Neal Adams.
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Jim Youngs who plays Buddy wrote "Stranger Girl" the song sung by the Wanderers in the car ride scene.
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Richard Price grew a mustache and cut his hair so he could play one of the bowling bankrollers in the movie.
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Tony Ganios's film debut.
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Ken Wahl's film debut.
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Jim Youngs' film debut.
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Erland van Lidth's film debut.
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Richard Price who wrote the novel which the movie was based from, picked all the songs in the soundtrack.
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Richard Price: in the bowling alley scene as the bankroller from Long Island.
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