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The Wanderers (1979)

R | | Drama | 4 July 1979 (USA)
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The Wanderers is a teenage, Italian gang in Bronx, NYC, 1963. They have their confrontations with other gangs. Drugs and weapons are uncool. Adult life awaits them.

Director:

Philip Kaufman

Writers:

Richard Price (novel), Rose Kaufman (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ken Wahl ... Richie
John Friedrich ... Joey
Karen Allen ... Nina
Toni Kalem ... Despie Galasso
Alan Rosenberg ... Turkey
Jim Youngs ... Buddy
Tony Ganios ... Perry
Linda Manz ... Peewee
William Andrews ... Emilio
Erland van Lidth ... Terror (as Erland Van Lidth De Jeude)
Val Avery ... Mr. Sharp
Dolph Sweet ... Chubby Galasso
Michael Wright ... Clinton
Burtt Harris Burtt Harris ... Marine Recruiter
Samm-Art Williams Samm-Art Williams ... Roger
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Set against the urban jungle of 1963 New York's gangland subculture, this coming of age teenage movie is set around the Italian gang the Wanderers. Slight comedy, slight High School angst and every bit entertaining with its classic 1950's Rock n' Roll soundtrack such as "Walk Like a Man", "Big Girls Don't Cry" by The Four Seasons and "My Boyfriend's Back" by The Angels. Focusing around a football game where the different gangs play with and against each other, then at its grand finale, come together in a mass of union to defend their honour and their turf. Nostalgic stuff and above all a Rock n' Roll retrospective on a grand musical era. Timeless. Written by Cinema_Fan

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

It's 1963. Meet the Fordham Baldies. They thought they were the hottest guys in town. See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 July 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Wanderers See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,206, 13 November 2016

Gross USA:

$14,492

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$14,492
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Jim Youngs who plays Buddy wrote "Stranger Girl" the song sung by the Wanderers in the car ride scene. See more »

Goofs

The African American gang, The Del Bombers, are all wearing Afros, a hairstyle that did not exist in 1963; in fact, it would be three more years before they would be on the heads of Civil Rights leaders like Eldridge Cleaver and Stokely Carmichael. Anyone choosing to leave their hair kinky would have worn it close to the head, known later on as the Caesar. Any longer would have been processed. See more »

Quotes

Joey: Those guys just look like a bunch of Neanderthal retardos' man, take a look at them.
Turkey: Are you kiddin' man? Those are the Fordham Baldies JOEY! They're so Fuckin' insane man, they shave their heads so their hair won't get in their eyes when they FIGHT! No one Fucks with the Baldies MAN!
Joey: Those guys look like a bunch of pricks with ears.
Peewee: What you'd just say?
Joey: I ain't talkin' to yuh', SCRAM!
Turkey: Easy Joey, easy. Hey yuh Peewee. Joey this is Peewee, she's head of the ladies Baldies auxiliary. That's ...
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Connections

References War Is Hell (1961) See more »

Soundtracks

Granada
Performed by Plácido Domingo
Courtesy of Polydor Incorporated
Music by Agustín Lara (uncredited)
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I Wander at how anyone doesn't like this movie
21 March 2004 | by movieman_kevSee all my reviews

Philip Kaufman is a great director (true some of his films are not my cup of tea, so to speak, such as "Quills" & "the Unbearable Lightness of Being", but he's had his hand in "The Right Stuff", "Indiana Jones" & "the Outlaw Josey Wales", and that ALONE qualifies him for greatness) This film is one of my favorite coming-of-age movies, having never read the book it was based on didn't deter me from falling in love with this movie. The whole cast does spot-on performances and you grow to really feel for these characters and while it seems a bit episodic, it all ties together in the end. Many memorable scenes and an amazingly good soundtrack. Definately in my top 20 of all-time.

My Grade: A

DVD Extras: Commentary by Philip Kaufman; Theatrical Trailer


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