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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}

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Tonight they're all out to get the Warriors. See more »

Genres:

Action | Crime | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 February 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Warriors See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

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

Gross USA:

$22,490,039
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Originally set in Los Angeles. See more »

Goofs

When Ajax gets handcuffed to the bench in the park, he starts to curse at the woman who cuffed him. At one point he shouts, "You lousy bitch!" but if you watch his face, he's clearly not saying it. 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 approximately 6 minutes of extra footage, 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 (later used in Pulp Fiction) 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

Referenced in Midnight Screenings: The Bye Bye Man/Monster Trucks (2017) See more »

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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The best of the Best..
14 October 2001 | by Tantive7See all my reviews

Walter Hill shows his directing flair again for action, drama and style in this crackling 1979 movie about a Coney Island gang falsely accused of murder and fleeing from everyone....including the other NYC gangs and the New York City Police Department. Set amongst a hostile, nocturnal world of neon lit train stations, baseball bat wielding gang members and lethal women "The Warriors" moves along at a frantic pace with a fine selection of young actors taking the lead. Michael Beck plays the cool headed, "war chief" Swan, seeking to get the other members back home to Coney Island alive and in one piece. James Remar is unforgettable as the woman chasing, hot headed Ajax...always out to prove his manhood with his fists. And David Patrick Kelly is perfect as the murderous, but ultimately cowardly leader of the Rogues. Attending a combined gangs meeting deep in the South Bronx to hear the Gramercy Riffs plans to control the streets of New York, the Warriors are wrongly accused of the shooting death of their charismatic leader, Cyrus. The finger of blame pointed their way, they flee via any means they can and upon their way back to home base encounter violent opposition from the Orphans, the Turnbull AC's, the Baseball Furies and even rifts within their own ranks lead to trouble. A colorful, exciting and fast paced film...at the time of it's original release it drew criticism for allegedly encouraging gang activity, but now seems almost cartoon like in it's displays of violence.Hands down a great film,stands the test of time. 1 million stars


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