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Writers:
Sol Yurick (novel)
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Release Date:
9 February 1979 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
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 »
Plot:
In the near future, 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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Cast

  (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

Dennis Gregory ... Masai
Gwynn Press ... Prom Couple
Jodi Price ... Prom Couple
Jeffrey Scott ... Prom Couple
Carl Brown ... Prom Couple
Edward Sewer ... Gramercy Riff
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

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)
Suki Rothchild ... Lizzie
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)

Anton Evangelista ... Stevedore Gang Member (uncredited)

Glenn Farrington ... Baseball Fury (uncredited)
Randy Feelgood ... Eighth Avenue Apache Leader (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 Pagán ... Gang Leader on Subway Stairs (uncredited)
Curtis Price ... Gramercy Riff (uncredited)
Frazier Prince ... Bopper-Gang Member (uncredited)
Charles Silvern ... (uncredited)

Jim Templar ... Punk (uncredited)

Robert Townsend ... Baseball Fury (uncredited)

Thomas G. Waites ... Fox (uncredited)

Debra Winger ... Girl on Subway (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)
Robert D. Simon .... dga trainee (uncredited)
 
Art Department
William Kane .... prop 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 .... 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
 
Stunts
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 .... extra 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
 
Location Management
A. Kitman Ho .... location manager (as A.K. Ho)
David Streit .... location manager
Rob Ryder .... location scout (uncredited)
 
Music Department
John Caper Jr. .... music editor
Joe Ferla .... co-supervisor: additional music
Paul Griffin .... music arranger: additional music
Rob Mounsey .... music arranger: additional music
Kenny Vance .... music supervisor: additional music
Tom Boyd .... musician: oboe soloist (uncredited)
Tom Boyd .... oboe soloist (uncredited)
Rocky Davis .... musician (uncredited)
George Doering .... musician (uncredited)
Carl Fortina .... orchestra contractor (uncredited)
James Thatcher .... musician: French horn (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Sam Bernstein .... production accountant
Neil Canton .... assistant to Mr. Hill
Laurie Deitz .... assistant to Mr. Gordon
Gail Geibel .... production office coordinator
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)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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MPAA:
Rated R for violence and language
Runtime:
92 min
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Aspect Ratio:
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Certification:
Argentina:X (original rating) | Argentina:16 (re-rating) (2004) | Argentina:18 (re-rating) (1985) | Australia:R | Brazil:14 | 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:12 | 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) (2001) | USA:R (MPAA rating: certificate #25367) | West Germany:18 (original rating)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
In the original script for the movie, Cleon is killed by the Grammercy Riffs, Cochise is killed by the Baseball Furies, Ajax is caught by the police, Vermin is killed by the Lizzies, and Swan gets kidnapped by the Dingos. This leaves only four Warriors in the battle with the Punks. Swan does, however, reappear at Coney Island to fight the final battle after the Riffs learn the truth about who shot Cyrus.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: In the beginning of the movie, the warriors board a D train leaving Coney Island. When the train leaves the station, in the far shot of Coney Island, they are on a B train.See more »
Quotes:
[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.
[pause]
Cleon:Now everybody says that Cyrus is the one and only.
[pause]
Cleon:I think we better go have a look for ourself.
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Soundtrack:
Echoes in My MindSee more »

FAQ

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137 out of 175 people found the following review useful.
Let's Get Down To It Boppers..., 26 November 2002
Author: beezer_of_geordies from Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, England

Just a couple of points to add to the general accolades above:

Here in England the BBC have twice shown a version of The Warriors with a prologue scene, edited from the released movie but restored to a point prior to the opening 'Wonder Wheel' shot. It shows Cleon (an otherwise very underused character), sitting on the Boardwalk in the late afternoon sunshine waiting for his eight footsoldiers to show, while his girlfriend pleads with him not to go to the Bronx. When the others arrive and line up he designates their roles, including the "Swan: War chief and second in command" alluded to later in the movie. Ajax gives an early sign of his belligerent nature, voicing his disapproval with bringing a boombox-guy and a graffiti-artist: "They'll only slow us down", but seems happy to be labelled as "Heavy Muscle" along with Cochise. Much of the dialogue from this scene is re-used in the credit-sequence, with the shots of Coney and the gathering forces intercut with short interchange between Warriors. However, the prologue scene ends unforgettably with a crane-shot of the nine striding up the Boardwalk and into the distance, casting long shadows on the decking and with Cleon's girlfriend trailing in their wake. Over this, a slow sixties surf-tune booms out as the waves wash against the shore. Bloody wonderful.

Unfortunately I have never found a store-bought version which includes this material - DVD community, do you know?

Another thing I heard was that the original idea was that the movie was set "Sometime In The Near Future", but Walter Hill dropped the idea of having a caption stating as much at the start of the film. This explains some of the discrepancies with the actual New York gangland, being more about delinquent youth and 'Colours' than Organised Crime syndicates and shiny suits.

Third - a fantastic action movie full of colour, vim and attitude, but which also never fails to break my heart every time I watch it. There are a couple of scenes like this - mostly Deborah Van Valkenburgh's - but the main one is with Swan and Mercy on the Subway as the High School 'Preppies' complete with ruffled shirts and massive lapels sit down opposite, their laughter and smiles soon fading as the contrast becomes blindingly obvious to them as well as us. Walter Hill plays this scene perfectly: with no dialogue as such, and with Swan and Mercy not even looking at each other as he takes her hand from her hair and places it firmly by her side. Och, goosebumps even thinking about it!

Finally, having also read the original 'Anabasis' (I had to) when I was studying Ancient Civilisations of the Med at University, as a piece of pure drama The Warriors could shove a bat up it's ass and turn it into a Popsicle. Can You Dig It?!

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