A must see.
It was hilarious!
Chris Wild is undeniably sexy as teenager Kevin, struggling between his white and black friends in a highly Racist town and high school, only wanting to play his drums! And I just loved Beverly Hills who played cute, sexy Melissa, a teenage woman ahead of her years in wisdom, beauty, and love.
The comical antics of the Knights and Emeralds, and the flowing scenes are nonstop, watching the rival marching band masters struggling painfully to keep tensions at bay as an upcoming competition threatens the death of them all. Turn on the cackling, sexy marching majorette Emeralds, and you've really got a handful.
This film is a must-see.
Helen Reddy is dandy as 'Nora', the unmarried daughter. And Jim Dale and Red Buttons are at their comical genius best as 'Dr. Terminus' and 'Hoagie' - especially in their performance of 'Every Little Piece', which I countered in connection with an off-Broadway musical style quality - of which the song could also garner a Tony.
The Gogan's - I felt, almost stole the show - next to Elliott-the dragon. Their memorable hillbilly opener "happiest home in these hills" was brilliantly choreographed & performed. And actor Conaway is still remembered all these years later (outside 'Kenicki' in GREASE) as one of the bumbling, hillbilly brothers.
I proudly own my own DVD copy, the org. vinyl, and my new CD. Sadly, Disney doesn't produce high-quality action-animation like this classic much more these days. Which makes appreciating this film as a work of art.
The comic interaction between Will Smith & Jeff Goldblum gets your funny bone tickling at times, with Goldblums' classic, "Oops?? What's this oops???..." And the scene where Smith is dragging the dead alien through the desert, rambling and gripping about some barbecue.
Bill Pullman certainly wasn't allotted the greatest performance of his career with this so-called provincial presidential role - given a slightly weak and mediocre script he was forced to make do with. Bill is a very fine actor and film star---however this role certainly didn't do him much justice. But again, this tends to happen quite a bit under Hollywood film-making, regardless how much cash producers finance into bigger name projects. Generally it was just the case that millions were bank rolled into what ended up here a mediocre screenplay. Will Smith is given some good characterization to play with, as his adrenalin-pumped, street-witted personification projects. But again, its become his stereo-type with most of the high roller characters he's previously played, and in later films.
Overall -- the action and special effects could have been far better CGI generated, had the producer and crew put more effort into lessening the cheesiness of the alien attack scenes - which from a classic 60's or 70's B movie point of view, probably would be acceptable. But this film is supposed to be modern day. So the half-baked effects do not do it much justice. Very entertaining for the 13 and younger crowd. But for die-hard or serious comedy film-goers, this one gets a slight thumbs-down for so-so screenplay, effects, musical score, and overall direction.
Molly Shannon, next to her SNL comedy genius predecessors (Steve Martin, Will Ferrell, Chris Kattan, Bill Murray, etc. etc.), is a sure hand in this comedy. There wasn't one moment I DIDN'T laugh. I absolutely LOOOOOVE Shannon. She is nerd comedy precisely where the late Gilda Radner left off (before her demise). What more can I say about her? This film is not ONLY her SNL alter-ego 'Mary Catherine Gallagher', but her real-life personality as a former Irish-Catholic schoolgirl. This film basically depicts her former real-life experience growing up in Catholic school education, but from a modern-day perspective, and with hilarious side-kicks. Will Ferrell is perfectly cast as the football hero hunk who is 'broken up with Evian. We're dancing in the contest. But we're still 'broken up'". Genius! And talk about the choice of Harlan Williams as the mystery biker hunk??? Oh babeee. He made my heart melt to goo. What woman wouldn't want this sexy mute (stuttering) pulling up to rescue her off to a pool for a swim? (somebody STOP me!!!) Especially in the special ed classroom scene when Helen (the women's basketball giant) is briefing Mary on the other kids, and biker hunk walks in. He scribbles his name on the attendance card 'H E R E', then catches Mary looking at him, and shoots her a glance, almost wiggling his eyebrows (!!!) I about died laughing - the response on Mary's face.
Elaine Hendrix is delicious as the stuck-up, booby cheerleader Evian - 'I think I just might wanna kick yer a**!'. Amazing how many grown up actors can pass for teenagers in this movie!! But Hendrix is double-funny as Evian ('you should be embarrassed....you're parents named you after BOTTLED WATER---'), especially in the scene where she calls her cheerleader stuck ups, 'it so wasn't your fault, Evian' 'Thank you -- I KNOW'. If any former nerd girl can't relate to that vignette, than she is not from THIS planet.
My family has told me repeatedly that this movie reminds them so much of me, as a girl. That I WAS Mary Catherine, growing up in my teens. The unattractive nerd girl, whom everyone made fun of in high school (even if I didn't attend Catholic school), and became friends with the 'outcasts', like Mary did. That I was very much a 'dreamer', much like Mary Catherine. And that I only desired a normal 'kiss' like in the movies, just like Mary Catherine does. The only exception: there was never any hunky biker mute that I ran off to a public pool with, nor wanted to bag the football hunk, nor did I go around school grounds kissing trees (and being caught by the nuns). But the rest of the plot is amazingly similar, far as desiring to run off to Hollywood, like Mary Catherine does.
This film is an absolute must-see. And from a religious standpoint, really does not offend anyone, religious or not, far as the God-scenes go. Shannon's team did a wonderful job in creating the God presence, in more of a modern, relaxed - but not overbearing way (Will Ferrell), which should please any movie fan.
This film is not screwball, dopey, or bathroom, stupid humor, nor low-class. It is simply PG sardonic comedy, with a touch of physical humor (the scene where Shannon/Mary breaks down the confessional doors after her slapstick monologue venue 'I'm not a slut! I'm not a slut! I'm not a slut!') PEANUT
Kirk is faced-off with a certain female Troglyte: Vanna; the co-leader. And finally appears to have met his match in strength. Their combat struggle is most interesting, as neither appear to gain the upper-hand during what I consider one of the few most interesting fight scenes - especially with a female combatant. Later, Kirk & Spock meet the planetary Commissioners, including the princess daughter - whom Spock takes a sincere (and fully human) romantic interest in, while Vanna; the female Troglyte, encounters Kirk. Again, in the twill and rumble of what would normally be a typical moment of Kirk-passion, we have yet another female enemy not succumbed under his powers of love and seduction. That's particularly what most intrigued me about this episode. Although sadly, the actress, and character she plays, are one-time-only - this episode plays out just enough love-hate/ sexual tension to satisfy most any Trek fan.
I was most intrigued by Kirk's change in testosterate attitude, when facing against Vanna. Her character is so tense, stubborn, strong-willed, and yet undeniably feminine, and yet - she does not simply give-in to Kirk's usually romancing, seductive charms.
Hill is remarkably well-done in this one-time episode. In a few scenes she appears slightly apprehensive, almost insecure, far as her abilities as an actress. But nonetheless, she is a great screen beauty, and as fine an actress as any. I especially appreciate that Roddenberry did not subject her character -Mirren- to the typical fawn-femme typecast, as was generally typical of Star Trek women (aka: Kirk's ladies). Her character is independent, strong, and viral. She, and including in her character, holds her own throughout the episode, and displays some of the strongest of female subject, not usually common, for 1960's television.
This film touches me in so many emotional ways, embellishing from back in my childhood:: Here we have a group of misfit kids, who call themselves the "Goonies", being they live in a historical old section of a seaside village the wealthy yucks want to selfishly demolish in order to build a fancy golf course, with no recognition or acknowledgment of the residents' place, considering the area the "slums" or "goon-docks" (moderning,'back woods hillbilly-types') as they are thought of the "lesser" people's. Saddened and deeply troubled by the assumed outcome, brother's Brand and Mikey bond together, and try desperately to think of some way they can possibly help their working-class parents, along with the rest of the working-class neighborhood parents, keep the village free from the greedy hands of the developers. If only money was not the sleazy issue. As the story continues, along comes Mikey's small group of closest pals, nicknamed Mouth, Data, and Chunk, who fully understand their pals' plight. And humorously, bend to the affections of Brand (who inadvertently cannot take the boys anywhere, being he 'flunked' his driver's test), with methodical teasing the inability to cruise the town, etc. (mainly Mouth's comments). In order to ease the tension, sadness and pain, the boys farewell takes them into Mikey's attic, where a sudden turn of events brings them upon an old pirate treasure map. Of course at first the kids are skeptical, considering it just a piece of dad's untouched, stored antique collection, until one of the boys remembers rumors of an old legend of the village, of pirate adventure. Mikey is at first the only one who takes the legend seriously, and pockets an old Chalst found inside the map. Soon after, he convinces his pals to go searching for this buried treasure, because "what if"??? If there is indeed a secret buried treasure out there, then they already have the map to go find it, ease the boredom, do something exciting and adventurous for a change, and not continue moping around the house, feeling sorry. Alas, Mikey and friends go treasure hunting, only to run into the infamous Fratelli clan, notorious bank robbers on the loose, but then manage to escape, and continue embarking on their treasure-hunting journey towards the riches each of them only ever dreamed of. The Fratelli's get hot on their tale, once they find out about the map too...Then meet Sloth, the kindly 'Giant' who gets befriended by Chunk (whom the Fratelli's take hostage), then escapes, and goes searching after the friends. Throughout all the special effects, the Indiana Jones-like adventure, and musical score, next up we get first-hand at the camera-revealing pirate mystery, as the incredible buried "lost" ship is finally revealed in all its resplendent glory. The Frateli's eventually catch up with the "Goonies", threatening to defeat their riches pursuit, but are then taken down by Sloth and Chunk. The Goonies escape from the hidden cave, but not without sobby farewells....as the cave starts to unravel...Here come the Press and the worried folks, at the end, the kids getting their moments of news fame as the Fratelli's are finally apprehended. Then the climactic moment, while the Press is interviewing everybody....a secret legend is finally revealed a historical fact. "Holy Mary, mother of God..." the officer rasps. The pirate ship is seen, finally escaping its 300 year imprisonment, as the kids and Sloth watch it sail away...in the sunset. Mikey makes his final remarks, and blows the ship a kiss (ahhhh, thanks One-Eyed Willy).
I never even heard of Jack Carson before this film. But I must say, I was widely impressed how he handled his character against Cagney's screen presence. Carson was beautifully convincing as the crude, conniving-yet-vulnerable, conning Hugo Barnstead. And his character ability alongside Hayworth's 'strawberry blonde' is Killer at best. The way their character's are allowed full march to play off each other is the big comic-relief in this movie -- almost stealing the comical cuteness from Cagney's character. This film was also Rita Hayworth's big screen debut. When she originally auditioned for the role, she was ecstatic about the possibility of playing alongside Cagney, for he was her favorite screen villain. She considered Cagney a genius, almost more talented than counterpart Humphrey Bogart. When she was ultimately (and convincingly) cast as Virginia Brush, she about went through the floor (information, courtesy of Warner Bros.). Being in her very first major screen film, and alongside Cagney was a dream come true for Hayworth. She didn't think she would be good enough, however, the rest of the cast (most especially Cagney), worked diligently with her to perfect her character performance, alongside Carson. Overall, the film critics rated her performance as "exceptional". I absolutely LOVED Hayworth in this film. I have always liked Rita Hayworth. But outside this movie, and a few other juicy roles she had, I did not know that she lived in constant insecurity throughout much of her Hollywood career that she didn't feel she 'measured up' to the star-status of the other actresses (poor girl!). Well, she did beautifully in this role of the 'Strawberry Blonde'.
I fell so much in love with this movie classic, that I also modified a personal copy of the script.
Funny thing is, I looked EVERYWHERE for this title and always came up with dead ends, probably because I thought it was a mid-90's TV film, and it's actually from 1984. No wonder.
Anyway... Armande Assante --and granted he's a truly talented, very sexy multi-level actor-- TRULY deserves the most high appraisal for his tasty performance as the chief surgeon. He absolutely made my mouth water (for lack of a better word) here. And Glynnis O'Connor is magnificent in the portrayal of Leola May Harmon. This is another TRUE STORY movie that really reaches to the guts of television drama.
When I first caught this on TV back in the mid-90's, I assumed it was a recent film. I did not realize it was actually an 80's TV movie--not that that's any relevance here. And for some odd reason I thought the title role of Leola May was portrayed brilliantly by actress Amy Madigan. Oops.
LIke I said....I saw this film only once, 12 years ago (1994). But...oh the irony....the drama stuck with me ever since. And when I finally got around years later now, looking up Assante's name on the Internet----what a surprising gas to find THIS MOVIE title listed under his name! Whooo----I was excited! I hope this film will be released on DVD someday. It is DEFINITELY WELL WORTH the cost.
There I was, browsing the video store "Action" section, looking for an interesting Eastwood movie. My eye suddenly caught a title, 'The Warriors'. The film cover looked interesting enough - Gang warfare -- based in the late '70's. Off to a good start so far. Okay, so I've seen previous TV movies about 1970's gang life already.
Wait, hold on ----So I flip the box over, and read the caption synopsis. My rental interest suddenly forgets about Eastwood, and I take home 'The Warriors' instead.
I never regretted it. In fact, I was completely blown away by this film(no exaggeration). I certainly did not expect this movie to be of much quality, mainly in basis that I'd never even heard of it before. Even much less that none of the actors were all that familiar to me, with the exception of Michael Beck (Xanadu).
Boy did my attitude ever change - quickly.
This genius film is very well-acted and produced, far better than most other somewhat similar gang films I have previously seen. This credit, for starts - I give to the basic fact that director Walter Hill chose to film this movie at night, and right on-location (NYC) -- instead of in some phony, makeshift Hollywood backdrop - like a West Side Story movie set. This brilliant decision made the movie action experience all the more authentic. And casting a clan of REAL actors, and virtually unknowns -- who could actually ACT, especially in authentic-looking gang attire, was a double plus. There is no phony, gamey gang-stuff in this film, unlike what we all have seen in other modern day "gang" films like 'Fight Club'. No, no. These actors were the REAL THING. Every single one of them, even down to the gang Extras'(non-speaking). Unbelievable.
I was on the edge of my seat throughout the entire film.
Actor Michael Beck impressed me most with his uncanny portrayal as "Swan", assumed war chief after the lead war chief character, "Cleon" goes down.
Now I've heard about writer/author Sol Yurick's criticism of Beck's performance as "Swan". He claimed actor Beck was not even close to doing justice to the part, not the original first or next choice, mainly because of his age - at the time (Beck was 26) and his look. Obviously director Hill thought differently. Hill allotted Beck full use of his actor talents to become the full rounded, smooth, yet street-tough, tough-guy, leader, stronger muscle side of himself to fulfill the demands of "Swan", which Beck does wonderfully. (A privilege many other such actors have struggled with in their careers.)
And what more can I not stress about James Remar (Ajax) -- the careening, muscle-flexing, rebellious womanizer, always on the alert for a good fight? He was absolutely superb, not too mention, damned darned sexy too. I shamefully admit, I drooled (or at least foamed at the mouth) every time he was on screen. Remar not only delivers his lines deliciously well, but his action shots are right on-target.
His most memorable movie line in the film: "I'll shove that bat up your a** and turn you into a Popsicle" (to the Baseball Furie)--- was priceless.
Basically, the synopsis: In urban lawlessness of New York City, 1979, a gang leader is shot during a meeting of all-city gangs, and the blame is unjustly pinned on a Staten Island area (Coney) gang known as the 'Warriors'. Before too long, they face a night of terror as they try to return to their Coney Island home -- with at least every other gang in the city, now hot on their trail. It's a long way between the Bronx and the River, with the subways --- and anything can happen...
Even the most violent scenes: subway men's room and Central Park, the action and acting both were incredibly directed and performed by the mainly entire cast of the remarkable unknowns.
The only really part of this film that truly annoyed me was actor Terry Michos (Vermin). I really couldn't tell if it was the actor himself or the gang character he played. Perhaps it was director Hill's idea to create 'Vermin' as the brainless hunk. But I sincerely wanted to can his a** back to the Geek farm --- real quick----especially during the subway scene where his character and 2 other 'Warriors' run into an all female gang - The Lizzies. The Lizzies lure the Warriors back to their 'girl pad' for an assumed night of romp and romance. (Vermin) flirts with one particular 'Lizzie', then later on, they end up making out. My skin just crawled. All I could say was 'Eeeuuuwww'---'Don't kiss him...!.
Outside that, this film is an ABSOLUTE "must see", for all Action film fans.
While I am no big fan of expletives, the over usage in this film made it even more authentic.