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Wanderers

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Director: Philip Kaufman

Cast: Ken Wahl, John Friedrich, Karen Allen

     
 
'50s nostalgia returns in director Philip Kaufman's The Wanderers, based on the book by Richard Price. Warner's work on this 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer is only passable with an inexcusable number of blemishes and dirt in the image. The detail in the print appears to be fine, though colors and black levels sometimes appear too soft. Overall this is a

Overview

'50s nostalgia returns in director Philip Kaufman's The Wanderers, based on the book by Richard Price. Warner's work on this 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer is only passable with an inexcusable number of blemishes and dirt in the image. The detail in the print appears to be fine, though colors and black levels sometimes appear too soft. Overall this is a watchable transfer, though fans will be disappointed by the studio's efforts on this title. The soundtrack is presented in Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono in English and French. Not surprisingly, this is a very flat and uninspired soundtrack that features little-to-no fidelity or range. All aspects of the sound mix are clear of any excessive hiss or distortion. Also included on this disc are English and French subtitles. The only meaty extra available on this disc is a commentary track by director Kaufman. Fans will delight at hearing about the history of the film's production, as well how the director feels about it after all these years. Also included on this disc is a theatrical trailer for the film.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Mark Deming
Philip Kaufman's screen adaptation of Richard Price's novel superbly captures the lives of a group of Bronx teenagers trying to seem tougher than they are, just as America is about to lose its innocence. While often lumped with The Warriors, Boulevard Nights, and the other street-gang films that hit the screen in 1979, The Wanderers doesn't deal much with territorial violence among emotionally disadvantaged youth. "The Wanderers" rarely confront violence more serious than a schoolyard scuffle, and they don't carry guns. Instead, this movie is a well-remembered reminiscence of the trials of growing up, as the guys struggle with women and figure out what to do with their futures, without much help from their parents. Kaufman does a fine job of capturing the tough, nervy humor of Price's book, but two of the most powerful moments are original to the film, and they set the film's time period perfectly: Richie (Ken Wahl) watches in shock as the coverage of J.F.K.'s assassination plays on a TV in a department-store window, and later sees a skinny guy with curly hair and a reedy voice singing "The Times They Are A-Changin'" in a coffee house. With his "Wanderers" jacket and oily pompadour, Richie is laughably conspicuous among the self-conscious folkies, and he knows it, but he cannot know that his world will be a thing of the past in a year or two.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/03/2002
UPC:
0085392200924
Original Release:
1979
Rating:
R
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Mono]
Time:
1:57:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Feature-length commentary by director/co-writer Philip Kaufman; Interactive menus; Theatrical trailer; Scene access; Subtitles: English & Français

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ken Wahl Richie
John Friedrich Joey
Karen Allen Nina
Linda Manz Peewee
Toni Kalem Despie Galasso
Tony Ganios Perry
Alan Rosenberg Turkey
Jim Youngs Buddy
William Andrews Emilio
Erland Van Lidth Terror
Val Avery Mr. Sharp
Dolph Sweet Chubby Galasso
Michael Wright Clinton
Konrad Sheehan Actor
Burtt Harris Marine Recruiter
Sam Williams Roger
Dion Albanese Teddy Wong
Olympia Dukakis Joey's Mom
Rosemary de Angelis Waitress
Ken Foree Black Sportsman
Sally Anne Golden Crying Woman
Leon Grant Boo Boo
Jery Hewitt Bowler
Adam Kimmel Folk Singer
Tara King Pretty Girl
Faith Minton Big Lady
Bruce Nozick Dushie
Frank Ferera Wanderer
Alan Braunstein Ducky Boy Leader
Tony Munafo Tony
Richard Price Bowling Bankroller

Technical Credits
Philip Kaufman Director,Screenwriter
Fred Caruso Associate Producer
Michael Chapman Cinematographer
Robert de Mora Costumes/Costume Designer
Edward Gold Camera Operator
Alan Hopkins Asst. Director
Steve James Stunts
Rose Kaufman Screenwriter
Steve Maslow Sound/Sound Designer
John J. Moore Production Designer
Bob O'Bradovich Makeup
Stuart H. Pappe Editor
Martin Ransohoff Producer
Ronald Roose Editor
Scott Rudin Casting
Richard St. Johns Executive Producer
Thomas Tonery Set Decoration/Design

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. The Bronx '63. [3:06]
2. The Baldies. [2:41]
3. "Leave the Kid Alone!" [4:23]
4. Neighbors. [2:29]
5. Gang Rundown. [2:00]
6. Sharp's Class. [6:34]
7. "The Wanderer." [1:29]
8. Looking for Help. [3:49]
9. Galasso Brothers. [2:07]
10. Baldies Lesson. [3:28]
11. Chubby Creates Miracles. [5:37]
12. Joey's Family Life. [1:09]
13. Showdown ("Ya Ya"). [3:09]
14. Nina. [2:29]
15. "Stranger Girl." [1:30]
16. Ducky Boy Country. [4:00]
17. Three's a Crowd. [3:18]
18. The Party. [2:08]
19. A Few Good Men. [3:55]
20. Everything on the Table. [5:58]
21. The Kiss ("Pipeline"). [2:27]
22. Automotive Love ("I Love You"). [5:04]
23. Church of the Ducky Boys. [3:44]
24. November 22, 1963. [2:56]
25. Do the Right Thing. [4:03]
26. Game Day ("Shout"). [2:42]
27. Play Ball. [2:28]
28. New Quarterback. [2:40]
29. Ducky Boys Invasion. [6:40]
30. Travel Plans. [4:16]
31. Richie's Destiny. [4:02]
32. Folk City. [2:14]
33. Favorite Song. [4:25]
34. End Credits. [3:36]

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Wanderers 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This has to be the best of a bunch of gang movies coming out in the late 1970's. It was a lot more realistic than most. Plus you can't beat the sound track with Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons.