The WarriorsDirector: Walter Hill, Michael Beck, James Remar, David Patrick Kelly
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 gang has traveled to the Bronx to attend a city-wide meeting of all gangs; at that event, however, the psychotic leader of a rival outfit, 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 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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Cast & Crew
|Craig R. Baxley||Stunts|
|Vincenzo Mannino||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Frank Marshall||Executive Producer|
|Joel Silver||Associate Producer|
|David Sosna||Asst. Director|
|Barry De Vorzon||Score Composer|
|Fred C. Weiler||Set Decoration/Design|
|Robert Wightman||Art Director|
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]
Introduction by Walter Hill
English 5.1 Surround
English 2.0 Surround
The Warriors: The Beginning
The Warriors: Battleground
The Warriors: The Way Home
The Warriors: The Phenomenon
Original Theatrical Trailer
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Still one of my favorite movies. The soundtrack is awesome. Although the original cut is better without the comic transition. If you like it that's fine. Still a good movie. Didn't know its based on a book.
Walter Hill's 'new' version of this midnight cult classic is cleaner visually than the original theatrical release. The anime/cartoon transitions add an element that I can live with even if I didn't think so initially. The Directors commentary and his revelation/inclusion of the inspiration from ancient history as to the battles that inspired this adds a twist. Needed? Not sure. Maybe watch this for the visceral effect to start and then step back a notch or so and hear the explanation of the original intent. My feeling is that the film rises above the sum of its parts. The opening sequence is 'slightly' altered from the theater release but still ranks up there as among the best opening titles ever presented. Think of it as a several minute and multiple scene establishing shot. Loud volume and a large screen add impact and immerses the viewer quickly to the timeless futuristic/timeless urban grime of the behind the scenes world of the real rulers of the city. Director Hill's mastery of stylized violence is ever present in this film. Gory bloodshed isn't needed nor present, but the flash of a switchblade and the crumpled remains of combat do litter the visual landscape. Highly recommended for the fan of the pre-CGI story driven cinema.
Compared to the R rated movies of today, this movie is tame. The violence is virtually non-existent. There are some scenes with sexual refrences but very mildly, no nudity and no acts. The violence is mild and the only bad words that are said begin with f and end in K.I cannot believe that this is an R rated movie. Today, this movie would rate maybe PG-13. It is a good movie. I would let my teenagers watch this R rated movie but I would not let my teenagers watch some of the PG-13 movies that are out today. It is a cool movie...CAN YOU DIG IT?????
This was the type of movie that you drink beer and laugh at with a group of friends. The picture begins with a gang, The Warriors, being inadvertently blamed for the killing of a gang leader. As various gangs chase them through the New York subways (including one gang specializing in choreographic moves while wearing face paint and baseball uniforms), they insist on continuing to ride the subways. Gee, if 1000 gang members were chasing me, I'd ride the subway and go straight back to my home turf. Sure. I guess it's a gang thing. So - view it as surreal entertainment. There is gratuitous violence, If that's what you're after, go rent part of the ''Walking Tall'' or ''Billy Jack'' series. But if you want campy entertainment, this is the movie for you.
ACTION PACKED FROM BEGINNING TO END.
Okay, i will say that this movie is great and a must see classic, but i can't help but laugh at the way he says "Warriors, come out to plaaaay". It's hysterical and the fact that he's clanging together the bottles just adds to the funny factor. It's a must see movie and great to watch with your friends and laugh at certian parts.
this is the kind of movie that you watch with a date, for sure. you could potentially get some brain at any point in this compelling and irreverant action flick.
'The Warriors' is a film everyone should see at least once. It deals with the realities of gang life, albiet circa 1970's - the raw contents remain relevant today. I would consider this a 'guys' movie - so for those who are squeamish or averse to violence, you may want to avoid this movie altogether. However, the brutality found in this movie is honest in its portrayal and even necessary to its subject matter, it is not simply added for shock value. The movies namesake gang - 'The Warriors' are thrust into a difficult situation almost immediately. The movies opening scenes beg of the viewer - What would happen if the street gangs of New York City united? Would there be enough police to restore order? - Or would the gangs rule the day? The plot twists and answers these questions with chaos. The assassination of Cyrus, who is the head of the largest gang ( The Riff's ) in the city crushes the possibility of unification and sparks the turmoil that follows. The police move in and the gangs revert to an every-man-for-himself mentality. In the disarray the 'Warriors' are falsely accused of the assassination and find themselves just trying to survive the trip back to their home turf of Coney Island. Character development is excellent during the Warriors flight. True natures of their members are revealed with every encounter they face. The Warriors come across a variety of gangs, ( The Baseball Fury's, The Orphans and The Turnball AC's among others ) keeping the movie entertaining and suspenseful. Many of the gangs are admittedly comical in their attire and methods, but their menacing qualities are never lost on the viewer. The Warriors name on the street is dirt and every gang in the city is being called upon by the Riff's to bring them to a gangland-style of justice. The cops of course, are on the lookout for the Warriors and any gang members they can lay their hands on too! One of the highlights of the movie for me is at the very end, - watch as the credits begin to roll and see if the Eagles song 'In the City' strikes an emotional chord in you, as it does in me. The film has been honored over the years by imitation in many forms, including many modern rap videos. It truly is a classic, being the first film of its kind - and for an obviously low budget film it succeeds in telling it's story with an entertaining honesty few films can rival. This bucket of popcorn is only lightly buttered and the viewer is better off without the extra 'Hollywood' calories. Can you dig it???
There are so many good things about this film that I couldn't possibly tell you them all without ruining the experience. Just watch the film and enjoy. Make sure you have a bunch of friends in the room to truely experience this film, since it is about friendships and such...
I had never seen this movie before, but I heard it was good. I agree that it is definitely worthy of the title of "cult classic," but other than that I was not terribly impressed. It had a great story plot, apparently taken from some ancient Greek stories, and the acting was decent, minus a couple of characters. I hate to be mean, but the main girl is definitely not good looking enough to be the main girl, and it's not like she's such a great actress that talent got her the spot. In fact, I would have picked one of the girls from the girl gang to replace her. Finally, what really made me give it such a mediocre rating was the horribly cut comic book effects that were apparently added for this director's cut. In the beginning, he goes on and on saying how he hates director's cuts, but he felt in this one instance he was not able to convey the message he intended to in the original due to technology restraints or something and therefore some of the meaning got lost. Well, what he added looked so cheap and was so disturbing to the flow of the movie that I think he lost even more of whatever he meant to add. I've never seen the original, but if it's this movie minus those effects, I would much rather have watched that version. Anyway, just to hit on what I did like, I thought the very distinct gangs of the different neighborhoods were a great idea. It was very original. It kind of reminds me of the game Manhunt, if you've ever played it. Also, like I said, the story is overall a good idea, with gangs wanting to unite to gain more power than the police, but then, due to unforeseen reasons, the Warriors end up on the run from the top gangs and police while the lower gangs are also trying to bait them into traps. Finally, some actors from the movie have gone on to other memorable parts, like the dad from Dexter (also the crook/ girlfriend's dad on Jericho) and one guy went on to play T-Bird in The Crow and a mob leader in Bruce Willis' Last Man Standing. You also can't forget the famous catch lines "Can you dig it?" and "Warriors, come out and play-ay!"
I bought it because I am a big fan of the original, however, this version is vastly inferior to the original.