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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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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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Taglines:

These are the Armies of The Night. They are 60,000 strong. They outnumber the cops three to one. They could run New York City. Tonight they're all out to get the Warriors. 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

President Ronald Reagan was a fan of the film, even calling the film's lead actor, Michael Beck, to tell him he had screened it at Camp David and enjoyed it. See more »

Goofs

At the beginning of the movie, The Warriors board a graffiti-stained train of R27 or R30 type cars, which are identical. However in the next shot, a clean train of R40M or R42 cars are shown, which are also identical classes of cars. 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

On UK VHS releases for copyright reasons the song "Nowhere To Run", played by the female DJ, was replaced by "I Am A Warrior". See more »

Connections

Referenced in Chuck: Chuck Versus Operation Awesome (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

Love Is A Fire
Composed by Vini Poncia (as Vinnie Poncia), Johnny Vastano
Performed by Genya Ravan (as Genya Raven)
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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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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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