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The Warriors (1979)

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.



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Director: Walter Hill
Stars: Michael Paré, Diane Lane, Rick Moranis


Cast overview, first billed only:
... Swan
... Ajax
... Cleon
... Snow
... Cochise
... Cowboy
... Rembrandt (as Marcelino Sanchez)
... Vermin
... Mercy
... Cyrus
... Luther
... D.J.
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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}

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


They could run New York City. See more »


Action | Crime | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

9 February 1979 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Les guerriers de la nuit  »


Box Office


$4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,529,675, 11 February 1979, Limited Release

Gross USA:

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Cyrus was originally cast using a real NYC gang leader. While he expressed enthusiasm for the role he mysteriously vanished right before shooting began and was not heard from again. Walter Hill scrambled to replace him and cast local NYC theater actor Roger Hill to fill the role. See more »


When the Warriors are fighting Punks in the bathroom, we see Cochise being pushed into one of the stalls. At the same time we can just see Mercy getting out of the stall to the right. Just the second after we see Swan fighting with Mercy standing on the toilet in the same stall as she just got out of. Mercy then gets out of the stall again. See more »


[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.
Cleon: Now everybody says that Cyrus is the one and only.
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 »


Spin-off The Renegades (1983) See more »


Love Is A Fire
Composed by Vini Poncia (as Vinnie Poncia), Johnny Vastano
Performed by Genya Ravan (as Genya Raven)
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User Reviews

A Coney gang accused of murder is pursued by violent urban tribes through N.Y.
7 February 2010 | by See all my reviews

The gangs of New York reunite in Riverside Drive Park, there a leader is murdered and the Warriors (Michael Beck, James Remar,Wright, Brian Tyler, among others) are accused of crime (Roger Hill). When they attempt to make their way home are pursued by all weird bands in rare dress as the Baseball Furies, Punks, Lizzies and several others. While a gang's female (Deborah Van Valkenburgh) is recruited and falling in love with the leader (Michael Beck). They must return Coney Island throughout a surrealist city transformed into a phantasmagoric labyrinth full of urban tribes and finally confronting a nasty gang leader (David Patrick Kelly).

This exciting picture packs noisy action, thrills, tension ,suspense, fights and lots of comic book style violence. It's a dangerous trip of heroic dimensions , as it's said that turns out to be a special version from ¨Anabasis¨ by Xenophon or ¨Back the ten thousand¨, a known epic Greek. Filming completely on New York locations at night with superb photography by Andrew Laszlo. Screeching and stirring musical score in the 70s style by Barry De Vorzon. Lavishly produced by Joel Silver , Lawrence Gordon, Frank Marshall, three future successful producers. The motion picture is stunningly directed by Walter Hill who subsequently achieved several hits such as ¨Hard times¨, ¨The driver¨, ¨Streets of fire¨, ¨Long riders¨, ¨Crossroads¨ and ¨Red Heat¨, among them. The flick will appeal to action movies fans and Walter Hill enthusiasts. Rating : Better than average. Well worth watching.

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