7.4/10
9,157
70 user 53 critic

The Wanderers (1979)

R | | Drama | 4 July 1979 (USA)
Trailer
2:18 | Trailer

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Prime Video

ON DISC
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 ... See full summary »

Director:

Philip Kaufman

Writers:

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

Videos

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

The Warriors (1979)
Action | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

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.

Director: Walter Hill
Stars: Michael Beck, James Remar, Dorsey Wright
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

This is a very informative documentary that features many interviews and other footage of the cast and crew for the film American Graffiti (1973). Any true fan of the film should be ... See full summary »

Director: Laurent Bouzereau
Stars: Francis Ford Coppola, Richard Dreyfuss, Harrison Ford
Adventure | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

In 1896, three whalers are stranded in the Arctic North Canada and seek refuge with an Eskimo tribe. Gradually, they gain control with the Eskimo village and introduce gambling, booze, ... See full summary »

Director: Philip Kaufman
Stars: Warren Oates, Timothy Bottoms, Louis Gossett Jr.
Goldstein (1964)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A modern-day interpretation of the story of Elijah, a prophet who supposedly heralded the end of time.

Directors: Philip Kaufman, Benjamin Manaster
Stars: Lou Gilbert, Ellen Madison, Tom Erhart
Fantasy | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.7/10 X  

A satirical comedy about an unsophisticated country boy who treks off to Chicago, Illinois, gets shot by mobsters, and awakens to find that he has the powers of Superman.

Director: Philip Kaufman
Stars: Monique van Vooren, Jon Voight, Joan Darling
Hard Times (1975)
Crime | Drama | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

The adventures of a drifter turned illegal prize-fighter during the Depression Era in New Orleans.

Director: Walter Hill
Stars: Charles Bronson, James Coburn, Jill Ireland
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

A group of kids in Brooklyn form a gang. From this moment on they do everything together. This makes things easier but at the same time they have to face new problems.

Directors: Martin Davidson, Stephen Verona
Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Henry Winkler, Perry King
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Vietnam veteran Ray Hicks gets conned into helping his buddy John Converse smuggle some heroin, only to wind up on the lam with John's wife when the deal goes sour.

Director: Karel Reisz
Stars: Nick Nolte, Tuesday Weld, Michael Moriarty
Drama | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

The gangs of Jesse James and Cole Younger join forces for a bungled robbery of the bank in Northfield, Minnesota.

Director: Philip Kaufman
Stars: Cliff Robertson, Robert Duvall, Luke Askew
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Near a quarry, men work under a blistering sun.A forty-something ,mad about his young wife, takes his parents to a home for retired people.

Director: Maurice Tourneur
Stars: Ginette Leclerc, Gabrielle Fontan, Nicole Chollet
Action | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

During a routine exercise, a team of National Guards are threatened by angry and violent locals.

Director: Walter Hill
Stars: Keith Carradine, Powers Boothe, Fred Ward
Zillion: Burning Night (Video 1988)
Animation | Adventure | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Director: Mizuho Nishikubo
Stars: Masahiro Anzai, Steve Bulen, Michael Forest
Edit

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
Edit

Storyline

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 was The Wanderers against the world... and the world never had a chance! See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 July 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Wanderers See more »

Edit

Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,937, 18 November 2016, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$11,827, 2 December 2016
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Ken Wahl's film debut. See more »

Goofs

The Fordham Baldies are portrayed as bald. The real "Baldies" were in fact named for the American Bald Eagle, and the gang sported elaborate "D.A." hairstyles. Dion DiMucci was a member as a teenager, and he alludes to this mistake in his autobiography, The Wanderer. See more »

Quotes

Turkey: Hey, look listen to me, I call my friends in the Baldies.
[small scuffle]
Turkey: NO, those Guys Like Me! If we call'em I think they'll come in with us. With them in, you know, it's all over.
Richie: Listen, I ain't callin' those guys Turkey, I got my pride.
Buddy: Yeah, sometimes all you got is pride. You got to hold your head up high. You know, I seen this movie once where this guy was being tortured by the Japs. But he wouldn't give them any information. Every time they tortured him, he started singing the Star ...
[...]
See more »

Connections

Featured in WatchMojo: Top 10 Movie Gang Fights (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

Tequila
Performed by The Champs
Courtesy of 4-Star Music
Written by Chuck Río (uncredited)
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Back to the eighties
4 March 2015 | by deloudelouvainSee all my reviews

Just finished watching The Wanderers again after so many years. It still stays an all time classic to me. When it just came out I couldn't get enough of that movie. I think it aged well and it's still good after all those years. Maybe the acting and the dialogs are not the greatest but to me it just brings me back to my youth. Okay I preferred The Warriors that came out that same year, but that movie is not comparable even if it is also about gangs. In the Wanderers it's nice to see how the gangs were in that time in New York. It's absolutely not comparable with the gangs from now. The gangs in that time were just friends hanging out together but now they are just gangsters selling drugs and weapons. Anyways, after all those years I still enjoyed this movie, especially the soundtrack.


7 of 8 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 70 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Popular Action and Adventure Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular action and adventure titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed