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The Warriors (1979)

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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

Writers:

Sol Yurick (based on the novel by), David Shaber (screenplay by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Beck ... Swan
James Remar ... Ajax
Dorsey Wright ... Cleon
Brian Tyler ... Snow
David Harris ... Cochise
Tom McKitterick ... Cowboy
Marcelino Sánchez ... Rembrandt (as Marcelino Sanchez)
Terry Michos ... Vermin
Deborah Van Valkenburgh ... Mercy
Roger Hill ... Cyrus
David Patrick Kelly ... Luther
Lynne Thigpen ... D.J.
Ginny Ortiz ... Candy Store Girl
Mercedes Ruehl ... Policewoman
John Snyder ... Gas Station Man
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Storyline

Cyrus, the leader of the most powerful gang in New York City, the Gramercy Riffs, calls a midnight summit for all the area gangs, with all asked to send nine unarmed representatives for the conclave. A gang called The Warriors are blamed for killing Cyrus as he gives his speech. They now have to cross the territory of rivals in order to get to their own 'hood. The Warriors slowly cross the dangerous Bronx and Manhattan territories, narrowly escaping police and other gangs every step of the way. Written by Anthony Pereyra {hypersonic91@yahoo.com}

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They could run New York City. See more »

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Action | Crime | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Filming during the scene with the Orphans was interrupted by a police chase. See more »

Goofs

In the scene where Luther taunts the Warriors with the bottles, the hearse is parked alongside the ramp, which runs from the boardwalk down to the street. When the hearse is shown from under the boardwalk, the ramp slants down to the right, but in the close-up of Luther, the ramp slants down to the left, plus the whole ramp is about 4 or 5 feet lower. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Cleon: It's still on and we're goin'. Cyrus sent an emissary this afternoon to make sure. Now, Cyrus don't want anybody packed and he don't want anybody flexing any muscle. So, I gave him my word that the Warriors would uphold the truce.
[pause]
Cleon: Now everybody says that Cyrus is the one and only.
[pause]
Cleon: I think we better go have a look for ourself.
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Crazy Credits

In the original version, the end credits are followed by 3 minutes of black screen as the Joe Walsh song "In the City" plays. See more »

Alternate Versions

The TV version adds roughly 10 minutes of extra footage (tv version was also time compressed so it plays faster than normal), including:
  • A completely new introduction takes place at Coney Island. Here it starts showing a more in depth look at Cleon (the leader of The Warriors), while his girlfriend warns him not to go to the Bronx for the meeting. It also shows Cleon introducing the 9 delegates chosen for the meeting (introduces the other Warrior members). They all then walk off (in the sunset so to speak) to the meeting while a surf song (by Link Wray, song being "Rumble") plays. The scene abruptly cuts, suggesting that directly after this would have come the titles for the movie.
  • Directly after the new introduction, it shows an abrupt (again) scene with Swan and Ajax in a subway terminal, where Ajax still goes on about the meeting being a setup and a waste of time. The way this was placed in the TV version, suggest that there was much more footage before this scene took place.
  • After those two scenes occur (above) the movie then goes into the regular introduction used in the theatrical/VHS/DVD/laser versions. Immediately after this, we are shown new footage of the Warriors trying to find the meeting in the park, all the while Ajax (and a few others) still insisting it is a setup.
  • Their is some extra footage during Cyrus' speech at the meeting. His speech goes on to talk about somethings that will try to hold you back if you fall into them (friends, courts, etc.)
  • After the scene were the Gramercy Riffs' second in command is being told be an associate that the Turnbull AC's "blew it". We are given new footage of the female DJ announcing on the air that the Turnbull AC's failed to get the Warriors.
  • After the DJ announces on the air that the Baseball Furies failed ("they dropped the ball") We are then shown a new scene that shows one of the Riffs hanging up a telephone and reporting to the second in command that the "Police from the 96th station" failed to catch the Warriors. The second in command then ask "what about the Furies" to which is replied "they missed too". This scene was more then likely cut because it implies that somehow the Gramercy Riffs and the police are "connected" in some way.
  • The next scene is edited differently then the other released versions: the theatrical/DVD/VHS/laser version for the scene in Union Square subway before the fight with the Punks, shows Swan talking with Mercy, then the rest of the Warriors coming down the steps (to meet Swan). Swan "eyes" out the other gang, and nods for the Warriors to head towards the bathroom and go inside (they show the rest of the Warrior gang go in). Next it shows Swan and Mercy Head towards the bathroom and Mercy saying how she cannot go in there, "it's a mens room". Vermin pulls her inside. The TV version offers some extra footage and slightly different't editing, and this changes the scene a little. After Swan gives the "eye" for the rest of the Warriors to head towards the bathroom, it shows the second small word exchange between Swan and Mercy (in the regular version this small exchange is shown after the Warriors go into the bathroom). Next it shows the rollerskating gang coming together (same as the regular version). But then we are given extra footage of Swan and Mercy meeting up with the other Warriors in front of the bathroom. It is here that they let Swan and the other Warriors know that they found out all of the other gangs think they killed Cyrus and how Ajax was arrested. It then shows more footage of the Punks slowly moving forward. Then this is where we see Swan nod for the Warriors to go into the bathroom (which is different and not the same "bathroom entering" scene shown in all other versions). It then goes to the same scene where Mercy complains she cannot go into a men's room. This scene should have been left in as it shows where (along the line) Swan finds out his gang is wanted by the Riffs. It was probably cut as it slows down the tension leading to the fight scene that occurs in the bathroom, seconds after.
  • When the Rogues follow the Warriors by car in Coney Island, we see the Warriors run under a pier. Immediately we are shown an extra scene of the Warriors stopping under the pier and looking at the Rogue's car. Swan mentioned how they have one "bop" left to go. Vermin then suggest "how about we just run" and they show the Warriors start to run further under the pier. It then cuts back to the regular scene of the Warriors walking under the pier.
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Connections

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Soundtracks

No Where To Run
Composed by Brian Holland (as Holland), Lamont Dozier (as Dozier), Eddie Holland (as Holland)
Performed by Arnold McCuller
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A plot less but evocative and entertaining vision of the city that never sleeps
4 June 2010 | by Samiam3See all my reviews

Much of what I saw in the Warriors reminded me of S.E. Hinton's once praised novel 'The Outsiders' (adapted for the screen by Francis Coppella a few years after this). However, in terms of how extensive the plotting is, these two stories could not be more different. The Warriors is so thin on story, that feels like a baby step away from a video game. The majority its ninety minute running length is made up of three things, Fighting gangs/cops, running from them, and kissing girls. This would make a very good game actually. I haven't read the book, but as a motion picture, it is surprisingly entertaining, despite some little holes along the road in need of plugging. On top of that, it functions as a fairly convincing portrayal of New York's darker side from thirty years ago.

One night, every gang from every borough of New York (which is about sixty thousand people) goes to the Bronx to hear the words of Cyrus (da boss). In the middle of his speech, someone guns him down and in the chaos, points his finger at nine boys dressed in identical brown leather vests; the Warriors, a gang from Coney Island who spend the rest of the night on the run trying to get back hope.

If I had to guess, I would say John Carpenter's vision for Escape from New York maybe have been influenced in part by this. the Warriors is not a pretty place to be. This motion picture shows the darker more dirty side of New York. There are no Broadway lights, fancy dressers, or bright yellow taxis here. I didn't watch the Warriors on a very big screen but even still, It felt frequently evocative and spooky.

There may be some room for improvement, and there are indeed (among other things) a few shots which could have been framed better. In one, you can see half the film crew standing on the side of the road.

Anyway, The Warriors is worth a watch, because it's neat and if nothing else there are not too many films like this.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 February 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,529,675, 11 February 1979

Gross USA:

$22,490,039

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$22,490,039
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Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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