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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:

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 »

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

Gross USA:

$22,490,039

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$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

Filming of the encounter/chase/and fight sequences with the Baseball Furies involved two sets of actors playing most of the Furies. A NYC running group known as the New York Roadrunners was brought in for one night of filming, using the same costumes and makeup, to capture most of the extended running shots in the chase scenes. However, the actual fight, and a great deal more running, was done by stuntmen. The fight involved 2 weeks of rehearsal and one week of shooting, and used actual baseball bats. Stuntman Steven Chambers suffered several broken ribs as the last Furie to go down in the fight when he was hit in the side by Swan's bat. Although he was hospitalized the shot remains in the film. See more »

Goofs

After The Warriors meet and then leave Mercy in the Bronx, she walks the streets looking for them. She passes a black street sign with white lettering (the signs that tell you what street you are on), indicating she is really in Brooklyn (where the scene was filmed), not the Bronx. In the '70s, the street signs were color coded: Brooklyn's was black with white letters/numbers, and the Bronx's was blue with white letters/numbers. (Manhattan's was yellow with black lettering and those are in many shots.) 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 with the extra footage (listed here) was time compressed and the 6 minutes is really/roughly 12mins when it is made to match the speed of the film used for the DVD/laser disc versions. See more »

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Soundtracks

In The City
Composed by Joe Walsh and Barry De Vorzon
Performed by Joe Walsh
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User Reviews

 
"Warriors...WARRIORS! Come out and play-ee-AYYY!" A really fun, cheesy suspense flick
16 October 2005 | by MovieAddict2016See all my reviews

"The Warriors" is a film that takes place in New York City during the hellish hours after dark, when the gangs emerge to roam the streets and search for their prey.

One of these gangs, named The Warriors, agree to attend a gang meeting orchestrated by the enigmatic Cyrus (Roger Hill). Each gang sends nine unarmed delegates to attend the huge meeting; however, Cyrus is murdered by a thug, who blames the crime on the Warriors. They flee for their lives into the night, and soon every gang in New York City is looking for them.

First things first: this movie is cheesy. The beginning is pretty laughable. The musical score is very much late '70s/early '80s electronica.

But that is part of the movie's charm. Its polished big budget remake is coming out next year (2006), and I personally feel it will fail because part of the success of this original film is that it IS low budget, poorly edited at times and simply a lot of fun to watch.

It is very reminiscent of John Carpenter's 1976 low budget classic "Assault on Precinct 13." It achieves its thrills through heavy suspense; as the Warriors prowl the streets heading back to their home turf we never know when a rival gang will appear out of nowhere and attack. The movie is now a video game by Rockstar Entertainment, and it's one of the few movies for which a video game actually seems to make sense - it feels very much like a level progression where bad guys attack the good guys, who have to use their brawn and brains to overcome them.

Is "The Warriors" a great film? No. From a technical standpoint, it's terrible. In terms of entertainment, it is extremely gripping. I was really enthralled. In recent years, Walter Hill has provided us with some really awful films, but "The Warriors" is a strong reminder that he once had a solid vision...it's too bad he's lost that now.


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