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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…
I can't think of a single reason why I liked this film as much as I did. The gang scene isn't my thing, it was predictable and a bit cheesy in parts with an absolutely atrocious female part. And I couldn't look away for one second. As soon as it started I was glued to the screen. Seeing the various gangs of New York and how they distinguished themselves was not just amusing but totally captivating. And when the main story began (our gang is being set-up as the killer of the grand poobah), I was all smiles from ear to ear. I was rooting for the Warriors to make it back home after having to traverse pretty much all of New York City while being hunted by every other gang, and I loved watching them kick-ass.
You can't expect much from this film. But for some reason I had one hell of a great time watching it. Loved it.
A movie that back in1979 probably was a controversial gang movie, now feels dated to its time. It's still a gritty movie with intense action, endearing characters (the Warriors) and instantly quotable lines. Some of the fighting feels cheesy now (Warriors against gang painted to look like baseballs) but their struggle to return to their home in Coney Island helps keep the audience invested in what's happening. A romance between Mercy and Swan feels natural and does not detract from the film.
My Take: A movie that deserves its cult status with great pulp feel and instantly quotable line. The action and characters aren't bad either.
The Warriors is a great popcorn flick with a nice night atmosphere and a cool story. I mean, it's Walter Hill. I am deducting half a star for the directors cut, those comicbook transitions are awful.
Whenever you're looking for a campy story involving a gang of street mimes and a murderous baseball team with painted faces, this is your film.
Nothing is says "intimidating" more than overalls and roller-skates.
Wonderfully entertaining due to a host of colourful characters spouting inspired dialogue and sporting awesome outfits while attacking each other in atmospheric locations.
I'm not exactly sure why, but this film holds some form of power over me. I could rightly understand how someone watching this for the first time may dwell on its many seemingly obvious faults. Not me, I've owned the VHS, videogame, T-shirt, poster, DVD and now the baby Blu! Factor in that I'm extremely tight and that certainly means something. Even the awful intro and comic book update adds another layer of flavour and interest.
Personally, I could take the Orphans, the Rogues and maybe the Lizzies but the Punks, Turnbull AC's, Baseball Furies and Riffs I would need to train for. My turf is Luna Park, St Kilda and I rumble, send the word!
"Can you dig it?"
Well it is kinda fun and campy but-
"Can YOU dig it?"
It has some very poor writing with some laughable scenes and dialouge kinda like-
"CAN YOU DIG IT?"
This movie starts with a boring speech followed by poorly choreographed fight scenes with boring writing and mediocre acting at best not to mention the sub-par editing. There was something about the movie that kept me watching until the end but I think that was just because I wanted to see what would end up happening to both gangs that were involved in the main conflict. This film pretty much sums up the late 70's and early 80's action movies so if you are looking for some cheesy action you can find it here. This is a cult classic and will remain a cult classic but it just wasn't for me.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
In a dystopic future, a group of gangsters embark on a gripping cross city flight, pursued by ALL of New York's rival gangs after being accused of murdering a notorious gang leader. Walter Hill's The Warriors oozes style, grit, and atmosphere, while it's youthful cast give off vibrant performances.
Nostalgia for the age of violent youth gangs in silly costumes.
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