Wednesday, October 31, 2012

The Warriors (1979)

Director: Walter Hill. Cast: Michael Beck, James Remar, Dorsey Wright, Deborah Van Valkenburgh. 92 min. Rated R. Action.

Corny 70s comic-book style story happening some time in future, of a "good" Coney Island gang being hunted down by bazillion "bad" gangs across New York City, ... for a crime they didn't commit (yeah, very funny). Actually, I found the narrative quite entertaining, and the manner of cutting through sequences similar to leafing through a comic book (copied these days in superhero movies) must have been creative for its own time. From my own memories of Manhattan in the 70s, I wouldn't fault the filmmakers for their predictions of a future NYC turning out so wrong.

Best line: Someone shrieking: "Warrioooooors ... come out to plaaaaaaaaay! Warrioooooors ... come out to plaaaaaaaaay!" Repeat that five more times.

Mo says:


  1. I saw it in the cinema when it was released and was underwhelmed. It has good moments but overall I have to agree with your review.

    As for "good" gangs, what nonsense.

    It's one of my friends favourite movies for some reason.

  2. Toast,

    I was looking up the movie facts, and apparently in 1979 it caused some riots among gangs in the theaters showing it. Do you recall any such events?