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Director: Walter Hill

Cast: Michael Beck, James Remar, David Patrick Kelly


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Walter Hill's hip, super-stylized action film unfurls in a dystopian near-future, when various gangs control New York City. Each gang sports a unique moniker ('The Warriors,' 'The Baseball Furies,' 'The Rogues'), with a costume underscoring its "theme"; each, in turn, is also responsible for one geographic area. Hill sets up the landscape as a massive, violent… See more details below


Walter Hill's hip, super-stylized action film unfurls in a dystopian near-future, when various gangs control New York City. Each gang sports a unique moniker ('The Warriors,' 'The Baseball Furies,' 'The Rogues'), with a costume underscoring its "theme"; each, in turn, is also responsible for one geographic area. Hill sets up the landscape as a massive, violent playground - replete with bridges, vacant subway tunnels, parks, abandoned buildings and the like, all ripe for exploration and adventure. As the tale opens, the titular Coney Island has traveled to the Bronx to attend a city-wide meeting of all gangs; at that event, however, the psychotic leader of a rival gang, The Rogues (David Patrick Kelly of Dreamscape) assassinates the head of the city's foremost gang, but The Warriors are pegged as culpable. This sends the gang fleeing through the labyrinthine city. With every thug in Manhattan in vicious, homicidal pursuit, they must also overcome all obstacles in their way. Throughout, Hill keeps the onscreen violence absurd, exaggerated and unrealistic, downplaying death to an extreme degree; despite this fact, the film sparked a massive amount of controversy and an ugly backlash for allegedly inciting violence and destruction in several theaters where it initially played. James Remar, Michael Beck and Deborah Van Valkenburgh lead the ensemble cast.

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Editorial Reviews

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Raw, brutal, even nihilistic, The Warriors reflected the savagery of New York's gang culture with a vibrancy that no similarly themed movie had achieved up to that time. So much so, in fact, that during its 1979 theatrical run the film's exhibition actually provoked riots in urban movie houses. As the story gets under way, the titular toughs, led by ruggedly handsome Michael Beck, leave their Coney Island turf to attend a gang summit in the Bronx, where a charismatic crew leader is shot, his killing attributed to the Warriors. The bulk of the movie follows them on the long, dangerous journey home via streets and subways, facing rival street thugs in a series of brutal confrontations. Then-unknown actors James Remar, Thomas Waites, Brian Tyler, Tom McKitterick, and Deborah Van Valkenburg were recruited to play the youthful Warriors by director Walter Hill (48 Hrs.), whose insistence on realism extended not only to character, situation, and setting but also to Andrew Laszlo's vivid cinematography. Arguably the best and most personal of Hill's gritty action films, The Warriors has dated very little in the two decades since its initial release; it's just as compelling today as it was back in 1979. The DVD release includes the film's original theatrical trailer.
All Movie Guide - Scott Engel
"Warriors come out and play," screeches a rival unnamed gang, and do they ever. This violent, dark Walter Hill picture is set in the pre-Giuliani idea of a New York that is ravaged and run by highly stylized street gangs. Each faction has not only their owned neighborhood, but also their own costumes and weapons of choice: the baseball bat wielding Furies, the tough girl gang the Lizzies, and the evil hoodlums who murder the gang guru Cyrus (Roger Hill) while he is trying to unite all the factions of N.Y.C. They then accessed the Warriors, who, in turn, must run from the murder site in a Bronx park all the way to Coney Island with every gang in town out for blood to avenge their fallen leader. The N.Y.C. subway system, which was shot on-location, becomes the yellow brick road that must be followed by the Warriors to get home, and a havoc-ridden road it is. Hill plays on the idea that nowhere is more dangerous than an empty New York City subway train at night, making the movie truly scary. Although at times this film may seem dated, it serves as a document of what could have been and holds up much better than the similar-looking Escape From New York. For one, shooting on-location and not using cardboard cutouts of Gotham makes all the difference in the world. Also, the premise of a gang-riddled city plays as a more realistic idea and sparks legitimate fears of urban life. Hill is also playing with several ideas here that will later be more fully realized in his future films, elevating the picture above being just a B-movie. The stark final showdown on an empty beach at dawn feels like the climax of a Western, a genre that Hill will visit many times in his career. Equally effective is the omniscient radio personality that tracks and broadcasts the progress of the Warriors. All these elements, plus the creepy cinematography and artful lighting, keep the film interesting to comtemporary audiences. But it can also been seen as a window into '70s camp. The costumes, music, and look of the actors are well preserved in this time capsule. But the best part is the dialogue, for after watching The Warriors, you will find yourself raising your hands in the air and shouting, "Can You Dig It!" You will indeed.

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Michael Beck Swan
James Remar Ajax
David Patrick Kelly Luther
Thomas G. Waites Fox
Deborah Van Valkenburgh Mercy
Dorsey Wright Cleon
Mercedes Ruehl Policewoman
David Harris Cochise
Brian Tyler Snow
Tom McKitterick Cowboy
Marcelino Sanchez Rembrandt
Terry Michos Vermin
Roger Hill Cyrus
Billy Anagnos Actor
Gary Baxley Actor
Carrotte Actor
Hubert J. Edwards Actor
Jaime Perry Actor
Donna Ritchie Actor
Brian Taylor Snow
William Williams Actor
Craig R. Baxley Actor
Konrad Sheehan Actor
Tommy Huff Actor
Lynne Thigpen D.J.
John Snyder Gas Station Man
Jeff Scott Prom Date
Mike James Gramercy Riff
Gregory Cleghorne Gramercy Riffs
George Lee Miles Gramercy Riff
Joel Weiss Rogue
Harold Miller Rogue
Michael Garfield Rogue
J.W. Smith Turnbull A.C.'s
Marvin Foster Turnbull A.C.'s
Johnny Barnes Turnbull A.C.'s
Michael Jeffrey Turnbull ACs
Paul Greco Orphan
André Engel Actor
Jerry Hewitt Baseball Fury
Rob Ryder Baseball Fury
Steve Chambers Baseball Fury
Harry Madsen Baseball Fury
John Gibson Baseball Fury
Lisa Maurer Lizzie
Doran Clark Lizzies
Victoria Vanderkloot Lizzy
Laura Delano Lizzie
Eddie Earl Hatch Punk
Leon Delaney Punk
Irwin Keyes Police
Larry Silvestri Police
Sonny Landham Police
Frank Ferera Police
Vic Magnotta Police
Don Ritchie Actor
Steve James Baseball Fury

Technical Credits
Walter Hill Director,Screenwriter
Craig R. Baxley Stunts
Sylvia Fay Casting
Howard Feuer Casting
Lawrence Gordon Producer
David Holden Editor
Andrew Laszlo Cinematographer
Vincenzo Mannino Costumes/Costume Designer
Frank Marshall Executive Producer
Jamie Ritzer Casting
David Shaber Screenwriter
Joel Silver Associate Producer
David Sosna Asst. Director
Barry De Vorzon Score Composer
Fred C. Weiler Set Decoration/Design
Robert Wightman Art Director

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Warriors [Ultimate Director's Cut]
1. Bronx Conclave [:15]
2. Cyrus [7:35]
3. Stick Together [1:05]
4. Nowhere to Hide [5:07]
5. Turnbull ACs [2:48]
6. Orphans [4:10]
7. 96th Street Station [:58]
8. Baseball Furies [2:58]
9. "I Like It Rough" [:08]
10. Lizzies [6:22]
11. Union Station [:39]
12. Train Home [7:04]
13. Come Out to Play [3:01]
14. Gramercy Riffs [3:38]

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