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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…
This is a review of the director's cut of the film. And it can kiss my white ass.
The thing is, right, that The Warriors isn't a particularly subtle film to begin with. It's a playful action thriller, it never tries to be all that realistic at all, and it has a deliberately fantastical view of gang crime. It doesn't hammer these points home, though, because it saves it from being too comic book-ish - it's still gritty enough not to descend too much into campery and you can take it seriously enough that it works as a 'proper' film, whatever that means. I know what I mean. I think.
So what should we do with the director's cut? I…
Really interesting movie. My thoughts have been provoked.
ahead of its time
The second film in an "unconventional road movie" double bill delivered in a big way, because who doesn't love The Warriors? It also helped that only three people stayed to watch it, and all three people are people that are hip to what is cool. We took the make shift drive-in idea to the next level for this second film, using a hot dog roller to makes some delicious hot dogs out of the trunk of my car.
"The Warriors" is a real cult. It's an action thriller drama of 1979 that blew my mind in some parts. Apart from the amazing direction of Walter Hill I have to state that "The Warriors" was a pretty cool film to watch and apparently I wasn't bored throughout its 90 minutes.
Based on a Sol Yurick novel and with many elements from "Anabasis" by Xenophon the film is about a NY gang, The Warriors, who are framed for the murder of another Gang's leader. That didn't happen though. The Warriors now try to return home, but cops and other gangs have different plans.
The film is just great from the beginning till the end. It's story is clear, the goal is obvious, the situation is crazy. Walter Hill really made an impact with this cult film that was really great!
[...] Im stinkenden, verdreckten Moloch namens N.Y.C. regieren Gangs die Straßen. „Gangs“ – eine Bezeichnung, die in den 35 Jahren seit dem Filmdreh von THE WARRIORS einen gänzlich anderen Klang erhalten hat. Denken wir heute an Gangs, so flimmern schnell Bilder von eiskalten Drogenkartellen, Drive-By Shootings und in sich geschlossenen Ghetto-Systemem über den inneren Schirm. In Hill’s Version von 1979 hingegen entspricht die Bezeichnung Gang noch eher dem, was wir uns klassisch und weit weniger schwerstkriminell als „Bande“ vorstellen. Banden auf den Straßen, allesamt in grotesken Einheitslooks gekleidet, die beim letztjährigen Fasching einen Hauptpreis abgestaubt hätten. Da sind heiße Village People in Lederkluft, Baseball-freaks mit angemalten Gesichtern, Rollschuhfahrer im Super-Mario-Outfit und allerlei andere schräge Vögel deren Look weit mehr an Verkleidungen, oder die Erfüllung eines jeglichen heutigen Schwulenclub-Klischees erinnern. [...]
Full Review (German): weltamdraht.blogsport.de/2014/07/21/review-the-warriors-1970
I will watch this movie anytime it is on. It is the ultimate memory of my youth.
I liked this a lot more than the first time I saw this. Couldnt appreciate it when I was younger I guess. I watched the newer directors cut and im sure id prefer the original version better. I found the comic book stuff to be distracting and took me out of the movie. Regardless, its a very fun flick. I can now join others in their love of it.
"I don't like seeing things go to waste."
Rewatching it this time, what surprised me is the complexity of Swan and Mercy's relationship. Mercy ends up getting a surprising amount of depth for the "easy" girl, and the way Michael Beck plays his disgust, confusion and fascination with her is surprisingly tender.
Shame that Beck's career pretty much died after Xanadu.
This is another review I am doing which is a re-do of one I put up in the early days of me being on the site where I was more worried about putting up a rating than the content of the review. In the original review I wrote:
“Simply a pretty awesome film filled with a lot of bravado, coolness, and tough action scenes. A pretty cool soundtrack too. You really should stick with the original version rather than the Director's Cut, though.”
I feel the same way after rewatching it last night (it was the theatrical version they put out on the original DVD and not the inferior Director's Cut that unfortunately is definitely the easiest version to find…
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