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The Wanderers (1979)

R | | Drama | 4 July 1979 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »

Director:

Philip Kaufman

Writers:

Richard Price (novel), Rose Kaufman (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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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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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:

$1,937, 18 November 2016, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$11,827, 2 December 2016
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Tony Ganios's film debut. See more »

Goofs

Perry and his friends are driving after Nina, when they get lost and are found to be in the place of the Ducky Boys. After that, Perry goes out from his car to fight with them, when one of the Ducky Boys hit him with a baseball club until it breaks up. When the same guy is seen again in a different scenery, the baseball club is back to normal. See more »

Quotes

Chubby Galasso: [Chubby knows that the out of town bowlers are hustlers, but is playing along]
Chubby Galasso: C'mon, you guys gonna play or not? Let's cut the bullshit. Wanna keep score, too? Go ahead. I'm just a dumb guinea. What do I know? For all I know, you guys could be pros.
Hustler #1: Hey, wh-what are you guys talking about?
Galasso Brother: You guys are real good, is what we're talking about.
[saunters up to the hustlers with a menacing look]
Hustler #2: [...]
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Connections

References Battle Cry (1955) See more »

Soundtracks

Sherry
Performed by The Four Seasons
Courtesy of The Four Seasons Partnership
Written by Bob Gaudio (uncredited)
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Gritty and wonderful. A fantastic recent re-discovery.
13 May 2001 | by saveespySee all my reviews

This film made a BIG impression on me when I was growing up. More than any other film, it captured the timelessness of the transition from being a boy to becomming a man and how you leave childish things behind. Funny, raucous and, at times, both disturbing and moving,this film has it all. If you've never seen "The Wanderers", please do yourself a favour- you won't regret it.


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