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These are the armies of the night.
Prominent gang leader Cyrus calls a meeting of New York's gangs to set aside their turf wars and take over the city. At the meeting, a rival leader kills Cyrus, but a Coney Island gang called the Warriors is wrongly blamed for Cyrus' death. Before you know it, the cops and every gangbanger in town is hot on the Warriors' trail.
The Warriors are a street gang of total badasses. They don't take any shit and they fight with their fists and not guns. When they are framed for the murder of a street legend they must use all their wits to survive the night in this Walter Hill cult classic. The Wonder Wheel. The way the Warriors look in their vests. Purple pimps. Mimes? Cyrus the Prophet. Gangbanger summit. Gun pass. Assassination. Strobe lights. False blame. Power struggle. Graveyard graffiti tagging. Radio message. Boombox. Distant cousins of Baseball Bat Guy from The Raid 2. James Remar's dirty mouth. Five Finger Discount. Lazy eye. The Orphans. Chicken shit. Warrior groupie. Cochise's war bonnet. Vermin's chest hair. Subway smushed. Home run swing.…
There are movies that are undeniably seventies. This may just have scraped into that decade back in 1979 but Walter Hill's tale of Coney Island gang, The Warriors, is as seventies and as cult as you can get.
The premise for this film was pretty simple. Nine unarmed gang members are summoned to a summit where the leader of the biggest most powerful gang in the city offers a truce and an alliance for the gangs to take over the city. As the shit hits the fan and the leader Cyrus is gunned down, the blame is mistakenly put on The Warriors who then have to fight their way across the city and back to safety on their own turf.…
I'll shove that bat up your ass and turn you into a popsicle.
It's insane, crazy, silly and cool all at the same time. In the 70s and 80s some directors had no problem making films that existed in some sort of alternate unrealistic reality when it was their only option to make the movie they wanted. It's a lost art really. The Warriors is one of the best examples of this.
Anyone notice how all the gangs didn't have the same budget for their wardrobe? Like that one gang from the beginning of the film that just wore the same colored t-shirts. They weren't even the same style t-shirts and they were just a crappy gray color. Just an observation...
Film #7 of No Rewatch November
I can dig it! I had not expected to like this as much as I did. Stylish, hard-hitting, badass, cool as ice, soundtrack that rocked my socks off and a pace that never lets up - I love it.
Director: Walter Hill (First Film)
I probably should hate this film. The characters are all messed up, they're in a gang but I ended up rooting for them anyway. They're put in an impossible situation and as immediately as they become the underdogs, they become instantaneously who we root for. Nay the police, but yes to The Warriors.
The action is all performance similar to that of A Clockwork Orange but I feel it works really well here not as a point towards desensitisation but just as a thrilling kick ass film with faces I'm sure I recognise but am not entirely sure I do. Perhaps I don't get the point of the film, but then again, I'm…
How I see myself: A Warrior
How others see me: A Baseball Fury
How I really am: An Orphan.
A New York City street gang fights for their life as every gang in city is after them in a case mistaken identity in director Walter Hill's cult classic. The Warriors are a gang from Coney Island who while attending a peace summit in the Bronx by the biggest gang in the city gets blamed for the gang leaders assassination by the real culprits. All night long they try and get back to Coney Island with a huge target on their backs. The film is at once suspenseful and scary and action packed. It also features a terrific soundtrack. CAN YOU DIG IT???????!!!!!
Every time I see THE WARRIORS, it turns out to be better made, more tightly edited, more insightful, more heartfelt, and more fun than I remembered.
For all the dreadful acting and silly gangs this is a shockingly gorgeous film. Each scene looks very carefully staged with precise composition. It all takes place in superbly nasty environments along the New York subway that feel full of danger and enticing urban ugliness. And the gang members keep ending up together in natural but overly cinematic poses. It's amazing and completely makes up for everyone's inability to deliver a line without sounding like they have no clue what they are saying.
On top of the cinematography the film is boosted by an intense pace and awesome soundtrack. The radio presentation and semi-diegetic music fit perfectly to tie together scenes and create a whole little weird universe. And the…
What a great piece of cinema. Unfortunately, the director's cut has added comic-book style transitions, which I thought were unneccesary.
This is a film that I missed the boat with when I was younger when it seemed to be everybody else's favourite film. I was always a fan of Walter Hill's creepy Bajou set thriller, Southern Comfort, but when I finally caught up with The Warriors I guess the hype didn't pay off so well.
It does pack undeniable appeal thanks to the many crazily dressed gangs, the night-time setting, the utter New Yorkiness, quirky characters and badass dialogue; but Hill's post-release addition of comic strip segues are simply distracting and obtrusive.
The Warriors is one I'd like to return to at some point.
The Warriors is cheesy, ridiculous and probably a bit dated. This all helps in making this movie a fucking blast to watch. The characters are a lot of fun, the gangs are pretty fucking zany, and the action is fucking awesome.
Quien haya visto y le guste The Warriors, debe considerar al mismo nivel Intrépidos Punks o es hipócrita
Between revisiting this and Streets of Fire this year, it's obvious how great a cinematic eye Walter Hill has. This movie also shows he knows how to weave together a story. This is grand world-building done solely to tell a single story. You've got to respect dedication to the story.
I don't care what anyone says; the Warriors is the coolest film ever made. Thematic gang warfare in a neon lit batch of extravagant that is New York City. Part Greek war legend, part social satire of youth culture, all parts dope.
I've always been heartbroken this hasn't been expanded upon in some way. I need more. Its only an hour and a half but there's a whole world of misogynistic factional combat laced with historical intrigue left untapped. The groovy PS2 game just doesn't cut it. While I think Walter Hill is an underrated genius I'd jump for joy for a remake so long as the director could bring it. Maybe the guy who made The Raid. Or Nicolas Winding Refn since he's already ripped off one of Hill's other works.
But even if all I have if this single short film I'll be happy. There's just nothing like it.
- My Neighbor Totoro
- Grave of the Fireflies
- Final Cut - Ladies & Gentlemen
- For All Mankind
- The Brood
- Winter Light
- The Changeling
No idea if there is a list for this yet, but I think I will keep this as kind of…
- Once Upon a Time in the West
- Assault on Precinct 13
- The Good, The Bad, The Weird
- Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia
- Down by Law
I started with a top 10 list and decided what the hell lets see how far I can go. Top…