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The Warriors -- The armies of the night number 100,000; they outnumber the police 5 to 1; and tonight they're after the Warriors--a street gang blamed unfairly for a rival gang leader's death. This contemporary action-adventure story takes place at night, underground, in the sub-culture of gang warfare that rages from Coney Island to Manhattan to the Bronx.


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Release Date:
9 February 1979 (USA) See more »
These are the Armies of The Night. They are 60,000 strong. They outnumber the cops three to one. They could run New York City. Tonight they're all out to get the Warriors. See more »
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

Michael Beck ... Swan

James Remar ... Ajax
Dorsey Wright ... Cleon
Brian Tyler ... Snow

David Harris ... Cochise
Tom McKitterick ... Cowboy
Marcelino Sánchez ... Rembrandt (as Marcelino Sanchez)
Terry Michos ... Vermin

Deborah Van Valkenburgh ... Mercy
Roger Hill ... Cyrus

David Patrick Kelly ... Luther

Lynne Thigpen ... D.J.
Ginny Ortiz ... Candy Store Girl

Mercedes Ruehl ... Policewoman

John Snyder ... Gas Station Man
Gwynn Press ... Prom Couple
Jodi Price ... Prom Couple
Jeffrey Scott ... Prom Couple
Carl Brown ... Prom Couple
Ron Ferrell ... Gramercy Riff
Fernando Castillo ... Gramercy Riff
Hubert Edwards ... Gramercy Riff
Larry Sears ... Gramercy Riff
Mike James ... Gramercy Riff
Gregory Cleghorne ... Gramercy Riff
George Lee Miles ... Gramercy Riff
Gerald G. Francis ... Gramercy Riff
Benny Harding ... Gramercy Riff
Eddie Prather ... Gramercy Riff
Kevin Stockton ... Gramercy Riff
Edward Sewer ... Gramercy Riff

Joel Weiss ... Rogue
Harold Miller ... Rogue
Dan Bonnell ... Rogue
Dan Battles ... Rogue
Tom Jarus ... Rogue
Michael Garfield ... Rogue
Chris Harley ... Rogue
Mark Baltazar ... Rogue
J.W. Smith ... Turnbull A.C.
Cal Saint John ... Turnbull A.C.
Joe Zimmardi ... Turnbull A.C.
Carrotte ... Turnbull A.C.
William F. Williams ... Turnbull A.C. (as William Williams)
Marvin Foster ... Turnbull A.C.
Johnny Barnes ... Turnbull A.C.
Ken Thret ... Turnbull A.C.
Michael Jeffrey ... Turnbull A.C.
Paul Greco ... Orphan
Apache Ramos ... Orphan
Tony Michael Pann ... Orphan
Neal Gold ... Orphan
James Margolin ... Orphan
Chuck Mason ... Orphan
Andy Engel ... Orphan
Ian Cohen ... Orphan
Charles Serrano ... Orphan
Charles Doolan ... Orphan
Jery Hewitt ... Baseball Fury (as Jerry Hewitt)
Rob Ryder ... Baseball Fury
Steven Chambers ... Baseball Fury (as Steve Chambers)
Richard Chiotti ... Baseball Fury
Tony Latham ... Baseball Fury
Gene Bicknell ... Baseball Fury (as Eugene Bicknell)
T.J. McNamara ... Baseball Fury

Steve James ... Baseball Fury (as Steven James)
Lane Ruoff ... Baseball Fury
Harry Madsen ... Baseball Fury
Bill Anagnos ... Baseball Fury (as Billy Anagnos)
John Gibson ... Baseball Fury
Lisa Maurer ... Lizzie
Kate Klugman ... Lizzie
Wanda Velez ... Lizzie
Dee Dee Benrey ... Lizzie
Jordan Cae Harrell ... Lizzie
Donna Ritchie ... Lizzie
Doran Clark ... Lizzie
Patty Brown ... Lizzie

Iris Klein ... Lizzie (as Iris Alahanti)
Victoria Vanderkloot ... Lizzie
Laura Delano ... Lizzie (as Laura De Lano)
Heidi Lynch ... Lizzie

Craig R. Baxley ... Punk (as Craig Baxley)
A.J. Bakunas ... Punk
Gary Baxley ... Punk
Konrad Sheehan ... Punk
Eddie Earl Hatch ... Punk
Tommy J. Huff ... Punk (as Tom Huff)
Leon Delaney ... Punk

Irwin Keyes ... Police
Larry Silvestri ... Police

Sonny Landham ... Police

Frank Ferrara ... Police
Pat Flannery ... Police
Leo Ciani ... Police
Charles McCarthy ... Police (as Charlie McCarthy)
Tony Clark ... Police
Victor Magnotta ... Police (as Vic Magnotta)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Pamela Poitier ... Lincoln - Cleon's Girl (scenes deleted)

Richard Alleman ... Nazi (uncredited)
Joseph Bergmann ... Baseball Fury (uncredited)
Brian Colbath ... Nazi (uncredited)
R. Michael Fierro ... Gang Member (uncredited)

Steve Garfanti ... Gang Member (uncredited)

Mark Richard Goldman ... Hulk (uncredited)

Robert Dominick Jones ... Baseball Fury (uncredited)
Harold Jurkiewicz ... Orphan (uncredited)

Antone Pagan ... Gang Leader on Subway Stairs (uncredited)
Curtis Price ... Gramercy Riff (uncredited)
Frazier Prince ... Bopper-Gang Member (uncredited)
Charles Silvern ... (uncredited)

Robert Townsend ... Baseball Fury (uncredited)

Thomas G. Waites ... Fox (uncredited)
Albert Zavurov ... Guy in the Park (uncredited)
Charles Zucker ... Straw Hat (uncredited)

Directed by
Walter Hill 
Writing credits
Sol Yurick (novel)

David Shaber (screenplay) and
Walter Hill (screenplay)

Produced by
Laurent Bouzereau .... producer (Ultimate Director's Cut)
Freeman A. Davies .... producer (Ultimate Director's Cut)
Lawrence Gordon .... producer
Walter Hill .... producer (Ultimate Director's Cut)
Frank Marshall .... executive producer
Joel Silver .... associate producer
Original Music by
Barry De Vorzon 
Cinematography by
Andrew Laszlo (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Freeman A. Davies  (as Freeman Davies Jr.)
David Holden 
Susan E. Morse 
Billy Weber 
Casting by
Howard Feuer 
Jeremy Ritzer 
Art Direction by
Don Swanagan 
Robert Wightman  (as Bob Wightman)
Set Decoration by
Frederic C. Weiler  (as Fred Weiler)
Costume Design by
Bobbie Mannix 
Mary Ellen Winston (uncredited)
Makeup Department
Frank Bianco .... hair stylist
Mike Maggi .... makeup artist (as Michael Maggi)
Production Management
John Stark .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Robert Barth .... second assistant director (as Bob Barth)
Peter Gries .... second assistant director
David Sosna .... assistant director (as David O. Sosna)
Bruce Greenfield .... dga trainee (uncredited)
Art Department
William Kane .... property master
William Lucek .... chargeman scenic artist
Brian Murphy .... illustrator (Ultimate Director's Cut)
Sound Department
William M. Andrews .... sound effects editor (as William Andrews)
Sean Hanley .... dialogue editor
Jack C. Jacobsen .... sound mixer (as Jack Jacobsen)
Al Mian .... sound mixer (as Alan Mian)
Alan Robert Murray .... sound effects editor (as Allan Murray)
Lee Osborne .... sound effects editor
Tex Rudloff .... sound re-recording mixer
George Watters II .... sound effects editor
Arthur Bloom .... boom operator (uncredited)
James Perdue .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Edward Drohan .... special effects
Craig R. Baxley .... stunt coordinator (as Craig Baxley)
David Copeland .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Russell Engels .... gaffer (as Russel Engels)
Peter Garbarini .... camera operator
John Thomas Kennedy .... key grip
Michael Stone .... camera operator (as Mike Stone)
Michael F. Burke .... electrician (uncredited)
Michael Ginsburg .... still photographer (uncredited)
Robert Shepherd .... electrician (uncredited)
Ron Zarilla .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Casting Department
Sylvia Fay .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
William Loger .... wardrobe
Editorial Department
Phyllis Smith Altenhaus .... assistant editor (as Phyllis Smith-Altenhaus)
Lisa Zeno Churgin .... assistant editor (as Lisa Churgin)
Rick Fields .... assistant editor
George Trirogoff .... assistant editor
Music Department
John Caper Jr. .... music editor
Joe Ferla .... additional music co-supervisor
Paul Griffin .... music arranger: additional music
Rob Mounsey .... music arranger: additional music
Kenny Vance .... music supervisor: additional music
Rocky Davis .... musician (uncredited)
George Doering .... musician (uncredited)
Other crew
Sam Bernstein .... production accountant
Neil Canton .... assistant: Mr. Hill
Laurie Deitz .... assistant: Mr. Gordon
Gail Geibel .... production office coordinator
A. Kitman Ho .... location manager (as A.K. Ho)
David Streit .... location manager
Giboney Whyte .... script supervisor
Stephen A. Glanzrock .... production assistant (uncredited)
Penn Jillette .... knife thrower: main titles (television version) (uncredited)
Dan Perri .... title designer: main titles (uncredited)
Rob Ryder .... location scout (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Rated R for violence and language
92 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.78 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:X (original rating) | Argentina:16 (re-rating) (2004) | Argentina:18 (re-rating) (1985) | Australia:R | Canada:18A | Canada:R (Ontario) | Canada:18+ (Quebec) | Finland:K-18 (DVD rating) (2001) (uncut) | Finland:K-18 (video rating) (1985) (cut) | Finland:(Banned) (1979) | France:X | France:18 (cut) | France:16 (re-rating) | Germany:12 (re-rating) (2013) | Iceland:16 | Italy:VM18 | Netherlands:16 | Netherlands:16 (1979) | Norway:18 | Singapore:M18 | Sweden:(Banned) (1979) (original rating) | Sweden:15 (1979) (re-rating) | UK:X (original rating) | UK:15 (re-rating) (2005) | UK:18 (video rating) (1987) | USA:R (MPAA #25367) | West Germany:18 (original rating)

Did You Know?

When Ajax and Cowboy are running from the Baseball Furies, you can see several times that James Remar reaches over and slaps Tom McKitterick on the butt. He does this to coax him into running faster.See more »
Continuity: When the lead Punk gets red paint sprayed in his face, he turns away from the spray and gets very little on his face. In all later scenes, his entire face is covered with the red paint, especially around his eyes.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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Movie Connections:
Referenced in A Murder of Crows (1998)See more »
In The CitySee more »


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39 out of 48 people found the following review useful.
Walter Hill's stylish 'Warriors' packs a punch, 11 September 2004

During a gang summit in the Bronx, a rival gang leader (Roger Hill) is shot and killed. A Coney Island gang is wrongfully accused of the crime and find themselves on the run from other gangs and cops as they race back to their turf. Will they make it back in one piece?

Walter Hill's ("48 Hrs.") stylish tale about gang warfare packs a punch (even by today's standards). Upon release, the film sparked controversy and was accused of encouraging gang violence. After one look, it's not brutal, graphic or unpleasant. It's an exciting, fast-paced, action-packed, non-bloody tale that sends a message with conviction. Most of the gangs portrayed are too cartoonish to be menacing, but yet they are unique in more ways than one. Credit should also be given to Andrew Laszlo's photography. A cult classic. "Can you dig it?"

My evaluation: *** out of ****.

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