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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

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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

Richard Price grew a mustache and cut his hair so he could play one of the bowling bankrollers in the movie. See more »

Goofs

When Joey, Richie and Nina pull up to the party (and duck down so the parents won't see them) they're in a 1960 Chevrolet. When they get out, it's a different car. 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 ...
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Referenced in Michael Jackson: Beat It (1983) See more »

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Performed by The Chorus and Polish State Philharmonic Orchestra (as Symphony Orchestra of the National Philharmonic of Warsaw)
Courtesy of Phonogram-Mercury, Inc.
Music by Krzysztof Penderecki (uncredited)
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Screenplay Notes - Part 1
23 October 1998 | by Larry B.See all my reviews

Interestingly enough, most of the gangs portrayed in the film were neither symbolic nor imaginary, but were based on various real gangs who existed at different periods throughout the fifties and early sixties.

Many of these gangs were not real gangs in the common theatrical sense, but were specific ethnic groups of teens from different Bronx and Manhattan neighborhoods. Of course, each group developed its own mythical idea of what the other groups were like, and in his novel, Richard Price used much of this teenage myth and lore.

Of all the well-embellished epics common to the teens in the Wanderers' neighborhood , those dealing with the Duckies were the most detailed and commonly accepted. The Duckies, whether or not they were truly an organized group with such a name, were "the guys across the tracks", insofar as The Wanderers were concerned (the tracks being the NY Central's Harlem Line). They lived in the predominantly Irish neighborhood directly across Bronx Park. I believe their frightening, near demonic quality in the movie was based on a single actual event when two of the Wanderers were actually attacked in the park. Since The Wanderers had never really engaged in any real "gang wars" (or any significant fighting for that matter), that particular episode was the source of most of their perceptions of the Duckie Boys' penchant for unbridled violence.


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