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The Warriors (1979)

R  |   |  Action, Thriller  |  9 February 1979 (USA)
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In 1979 a charismatic leader summons the street gangs of New York City in a bid to take it over. When he is killed, The Warriors are falsely blamed and now must fight their way home while every other gang is hunting them down to kill them.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dorsey Wright ...
Brian Tyler ...
Tom McKitterick ...
Marcelino Sánchez ...
Rembrandt (as Marcelino Sanchez)
Terry Michos ...
Roger Hill ...
Ginny Ortiz ...


Cyrus, the leader of the most powerful gang in New York City, the Gramercy Riffs, calls a midnight summit for all the area gangs, with all asked to send nine unarmed representatives for the conclave. A gang called The Warriors are blamed for killing Cyrus as he gives his speech. They now have to cross the territory of rivals in order to get to their own 'hood. The Warriors slowly cross the dangerous Bronx and Manhattan territories, narrowly escaping police and other gangs every step of the way. Written by Anthony Pereyra {hypersonic91@yahoo.com}

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Action | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

9 February 1979 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Les guerriers de la nuit  »

Box Office


SEK 6,309,835 (Sweden)

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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


Near the end of the movie, on the subway ride back to Coney Island, two couples board the subway. One of the passengers is played by a young Debra Winger in one of her earliest roles. See more »


After the fight with the Furies, Swan makes it back to the 96th Street Station and meets Mercy again. She offers to show him how to get to Union Square, and they both go through the turnstile, without either one of them putting in a token. See more »


[first lines]
Cleon: It's still on and we're goin'. Cyrus sent an emissary this afternoon to make sure. Now, Cyrus don't want anybody packed and he don't want anybody flexing any muscle. So, I gave him my word that the Warriors would uphold the truce.
Cleon: Now everybody says that Cyrus is the one and only.
Cleon: I think we better go have a look for ourself.
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Crazy Credits

In the original version, the end credits are followed by 3 minutes of black screen as the Joe Walsh song "In the City" plays. See more »


Referenced in Kill the Man (1999) See more »


In The City
Composed by Joe Walsh and Barry De Vorzon
Performed by Joe Walsh
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User Reviews

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28 February 2005 | by (LONDON, ENGLAND) – See all my reviews

The Warriors may be a camp conceptual ballet choreographer's vision of street life, but it still rocks the bells. The names, the music, the design, the simple story (and don't forget those jackets) are flick knife sharp. Why don't gangs this uber kuhl exist anymore? Because they never did, or can't you remember that, old maaaan?

On the train journey home, contrast the affluent optimism of the young couples, laughing with flowers after the big show, with the filthy, bedraggled and hopeless ghetto pride of Swan and his desperate squeeze. Only one side of the carriage looks embarrassed, and it ain't the Warriors, baby.

Makes me wanna rumble in slo-mo on roller skates.

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