Post by Dirty Epic on Jul 27, 2018 11:33:08 GMT
Anyone else a fan of this weird and wonderful, cartoonish New York street gang movie from 1979?
The film focuses on ‘The Warriors’ a gang from New York’s Coney Island led by Cleon (Dorsey Wright) they’re 9 delegates from 100 New York gangs summoned to a truce in The Bronx by a rival gang ‘The Riffs’ led by Cyrus (Roger Hill). Cyrus explains a plan of unifying the gangs into one unit to take on the crime syndicates and police as ‘they’ve got the streets’ and ‘nothing can move without them letting it happen’. Cyrus also feels the rivalries between the gangs are petty and prevents them taking control of New York. However ‘The Rogues’ rivals to The Warriors aren’t interested in this and their leader Luther (David Patrick Kelly) shoots Cyrus dead and blames The Warriors/Cleon for his murder.
This sets a chain of events where Cleon is beaten to death by The Riffs security and the remaining Warriors Swan (Michael Beck), Ajax (James Remar), Cochise (David Harris), Snowball (Brian Tyler), Fox (Thomas G Waites) and Rembrandt (Marcelino Sánchez) are on a all night fight for survival across New York not only from the cops but 100,000 gang members who’ve been instructed by The Riffs number two to get them ‘alive or wasted’.
Directed by Walter Hill who apparently wanted it to be more of a comic book allegory style which he sort of revisited when the DVD was re-released in 2005 The Warriors is a great time capsule of New York in the 1970’s albeit it’s probably a more fun and entertaining view of the street gangs around at that time and no way near as violent, menacing or depressing as what NY’s gang problem was like back then. Apparently during filming the cast/crew did have issues with real New York street gangs and when the film got released violence did erupt at screenings in the United States. Also a interesting urban legend the film was also mentioned as a favourite of Ronald Reagan when he became president in the early 1980’s too. :poketongue:
I’d fully recommend The Warriors to everyone on here, however it is what it is a entertainment piece and not a true reflection of the gritty reality of New York in that period which maybe Fort Apache The Bronx or Taxi Driver were.
Here’s a trailer.