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The Warriors (1979)

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In the near future, a charismatic leader summons the street gangs of New York City in a bid to take it over. When he is killed, The Warriors are falsely blamed and now must fight their way home while every other gang is hunting them down.

Director:

Walter Hill

Writers:

Sol Yurick (based on the novel by), David Shaber (screenplay by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Beck ... Swan
James Remar ... Ajax
Dorsey Wright ... Cleon
Brian Tyler ... Snow
David Harris ... Cochise
Tom McKitterick ... Cowboy
Marcelino Sánchez ... Rembrandt (as Marcelino Sanchez)
Terry Michos ... Vermin
Deborah Van Valkenburgh ... Mercy
Roger Hill ... Cyrus
David Patrick Kelly ... Luther
Lynne Thigpen ... D.J.
Ginny Ortiz ... Candy Store Girl
Mercedes Ruehl ... Policewoman
John Snyder ... Gas Station Man
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Storyline

Cyrus, the leader of the most powerful gang in New York City, the Gramercy Riffs, calls a midnight summit for all the area gangs, with all asked to send nine unarmed representatives for the conclave. A gang called The Warriors are blamed for killing Cyrus as he gives his speech. They now have to cross the territory of rivals in order to get to their own 'hood. The Warriors slowly cross the dangerous Bronx and Manhattan territories, narrowly escaping police and other gangs every step of the way. Written by Anthony Pereyra {hypersonic91@yahoo.com}

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Taglines:

"Can you dig it!" See more »

Genres:

Action | Crime | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The Warriors sign painted on the bath house for one of the photos was painted over a real gang's tag. The gang didn't take too well to this, so the producers paid them to be in the film. See more »

Goofs

A cut disappears and re-appears in subsequent shots under the eye of the Orphan Leader when Swan and Fox are talking to him. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Cleon: It's still on and we're goin'. Cyrus sent an emissary this afternoon to make sure. Now, Cyrus don't want anybody packed and he don't want anybody flexing any muscle. So, I gave him my word that the Warriors would uphold the truce.
[pause]
Cleon: Now everybody says that Cyrus is the one and only.
[pause]
Cleon: I think we better go have a look for ourself.
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Crazy Credits

In the original version, the end credits are followed by 3 minutes of black screen as the Joe Walsh song "In the City" plays. See more »

Alternate Versions

The TV version adds roughly 10 minutes of extra footage (tv version was also time compressed so it plays faster than normal), including:
  • A completely new introduction takes place at Coney Island. Here it starts showing a more in depth look at Cleon (the leader of The Warriors), while his girlfriend warns him not to go to the Bronx for the meeting. It also shows Cleon introducing the 9 delegates chosen for the meeting (introduces the other Warrior members). They all then walk off (in the sunset so to speak) to the meeting while a surf song (by Link Wray, song being "Rumble") plays. The scene abruptly cuts, suggesting that directly after this would have come the titles for the movie.
  • Directly after the new introduction, it shows an abrupt (again) scene with Swan and Ajax in a subway terminal, where Ajax still goes on about the meeting being a setup and a waste of time. The way this was placed in the TV version, suggest that there was much more footage before this scene took place.
  • After those two scenes occur (above) the movie then goes into the regular introduction used in the theatrical/VHS/DVD/laser versions. Immediately after this, we are shown new footage of the Warriors trying to find the meeting in the park, all the while Ajax (and a few others) still insisting it is a setup.
  • Their is some extra footage during Cyrus' speech at the meeting. His speech goes on to talk about somethings that will try to hold you back if you fall into them (friends, courts, etc.)
  • After the scene were the Gramercy Riffs' second in command is being told be an associate that the Turnbull AC's "blew it". We are given new footage of the female DJ announcing on the air that the Turnbull AC's failed to get the Warriors.
  • After the DJ announces on the air that the Baseball Furies failed ("they dropped the ball") We are then shown a new scene that shows one of the Riffs hanging up a telephone and reporting to the second in command that the "Police from the 96th station" failed to catch the Warriors. The second in command then ask "what about the Furies" to which is replied "they missed too". This scene was more then likely cut because it implies that somehow the Gramercy Riffs and the police are "connected" in some way.
  • The next scene is edited differently then the other released versions: the theatrical/DVD/VHS/laser version for the scene in Union Square subway before the fight with the Punks, shows Swan talking with Mercy, then the rest of the Warriors coming down the steps (to meet Swan). Swan "eyes" out the other gang, and nods for the Warriors to head towards the bathroom and go inside (they show the rest of the Warrior gang go in). Next it shows Swan and Mercy Head towards the bathroom and Mercy saying how she cannot go in there, "it's a mens room". Vermin pulls her inside. The TV version offers some extra footage and slightly different't editing, and this changes the scene a little. After Swan gives the "eye" for the rest of the Warriors to head towards the bathroom, it shows the second small word exchange between Swan and Mercy (in the regular version this small exchange is shown after the Warriors go into the bathroom). Next it shows the rollerskating gang coming together (same as the regular version). But then we are given extra footage of Swan and Mercy meeting up with the other Warriors in front of the bathroom. It is here that they let Swan and the other Warriors know that they found out all of the other gangs think they killed Cyrus and how Ajax was arrested. It then shows more footage of the Punks slowly moving forward. Then this is where we see Swan nod for the Warriors to go into the bathroom (which is different and not the same "bathroom entering" scene shown in all other versions). It then goes to the same scene where Mercy complains she cannot go into a men's room. This scene should have been left in as it shows where (along the line) Swan finds out his gang is wanted by the Riffs. It was probably cut as it slows down the tension leading to the fight scene that occurs in the bathroom, seconds after.
  • When the Rogues follow the Warriors by car in Coney Island, we see the Warriors run under a pier. Immediately we are shown an extra scene of the Warriors stopping under the pier and looking at the Rogue's car. Swan mentioned how they have one "bop" left to go. Vermin then suggest "how about we just run" and they show the Warriors start to run further under the pier. It then cuts back to the regular scene of the Warriors walking under the pier.
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Connections

Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Projected Man (1998) See more »

Soundtracks

Night Run
Composed and arranged by Phil Marshall (as Philip Marshall)
Performed by the Mersh Brothers
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Let's Get Down To It Boppers...
26 November 2002 | by beezer_of_geordiesSee all my reviews

Just a couple of points to add to the general accolades above:

Here in England the BBC have twice shown a version of The Warriors with a prologue scene, edited from the released movie but restored to a point prior to the opening 'Wonder Wheel' shot. It shows Cleon (an otherwise very underused character), sitting on the Boardwalk in the late afternoon sunshine waiting for his eight footsoldiers to show, while his girlfriend pleads with him not to go to the Bronx. When the others arrive and line up he designates their roles, including the "Swan: War chief and second in command" alluded to later in the movie. Ajax gives an early sign of his belligerent nature, voicing his disapproval with bringing a boombox-guy and a graffiti-artist: "They'll only slow us down", but seems happy to be labelled as "Heavy Muscle" along with Cochise. Much of the dialogue from this scene is re-used in the credit-sequence, with the shots of Coney and the gathering forces intercut with short interchange between Warriors. However, the prologue scene ends unforgettably with a crane-shot of the nine striding up the Boardwalk and into the distance, casting long shadows on the decking and with Cleon's girlfriend trailing in their wake. Over this, a slow sixties surf-tune booms out as the waves wash against the shore. Bloody wonderful.

Unfortunately I have never found a store-bought version which includes this material - DVD community, do you know?

Another thing I heard was that the original idea was that the movie was set "Sometime In The Near Future", but Walter Hill dropped the idea of having a caption stating as much at the start of the film. This explains some of the discrepancies with the actual New York gangland, being more about delinquent youth and 'Colours' than Organised Crime syndicates and shiny suits.

Third - a fantastic action movie full of colour, vim and attitude, but which also never fails to break my heart every time I watch it. There are a couple of scenes like this - mostly Deborah Van Valkenburgh's - but the main one is with Swan and Mercy on the Subway as the High School 'Preppies' complete with ruffled shirts and massive lapels sit down opposite, their laughter and smiles soon fading as the contrast becomes blindingly obvious to them as well as us. Walter Hill plays this scene perfectly: with no dialogue as such, and with Swan and Mercy not even looking at each other as he takes her hand from her hair and places it firmly by her side. Och, goosebumps even thinking about it!

Finally, having also read the original 'Anabasis' (I had to) when I was studying Ancient Civilisations of the Med at University, as a piece of pure drama The Warriors could shove a bat up it's ass and turn it into a Popsicle. Can You Dig It?!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 February 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,529,675, 11 February 1979

Gross USA:

$22,490,039

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$22,490,984
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Company Credits

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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