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The Warriors (Directors Cut) (1979)

The major New York gangs declare a truce so they can meet in the Bronx. When a gang leader is killed at the meeting The Warriors from Coney Island are wrongly fingered for it. The truce is off and home is a long train ride away.

Michael Beck ... Swan
James Remar ... Ajax
Dorsey Wright ... Cleon
Brian Tyler ... Snow
David Harris ... CochiseTom 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

Director: Walter Hill

Runtime: 93 minshttp://www.imdb.com/title/tt0080120/

Codecs:

Video : 589 MB, 876 Kbps, 23.976 fps, 640*352 (16:9), XVID = XVID Mpeg-4,
Audio : 111 MB, 165 Kbps, 48000 Hz, 2 channels, 0x55 = Lame MP3, CBR,

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I was working in a movie theater when The Warriors firstcame out, and remember well the flick and the hype surrounding it. Here's a few notes to clear up some misconceptions that many other commentors seem to have.

The flick was NOT ever intended to be an accurate portrayal of New York gang life, although there were some realistic elements. At the time it was generally accepted that it took place in the future, although nothing in the moviesupports this. At best it can be considered an urban fable that takes place in a sort-of-imaginary world. You know, like Pulp Fiction (you think 90s LA gangsters dressed like that??).

Second, the film itself was not accused of inciting violence. Problem was, it was a VERY popular film with gang members, who would show up in force. Two rival gangs would show up at the same theater, and... you canfigure the rest out yourself. One guy was killed on the first weekend the movie was playing in New York; after that, the distributor hired off-duty police for security at every theater across the country that showed the flick. In the small-town Midwest where I lived, this served more as advertising hype than anything else.

Finally, it was widely known back in the day that The Warriors was based onthe ancient Greek nonfiction tale Anabasis, written around 370 BC by the Spartan general Xenophon (it's also published under the title The Persian Expedition). In this classic tale, a battalion of 10,000 Spartan mercenaries join the Persian emperor Cyrus for a war in Asia Minor (i.e. Turkey). Cyrus's army is defeated, the Spartan leaders are captured, and the remaining force must make their wayacross country, fighting various hostile tribes along the way, experiencing their own internal power struggles, until they reach the safety of the sea. I'm shocked that only one reviewer seemed to be familiar with this; in the 70s almost nobody talked about the movie without mentioning it.

Great flick, by the way, and it holds up extremely well over time. I'm sure the remake will suck.........................................................................................................................................

I remember catching a glimpse of The Warriors at the video section back in the 80's when I had a local WHSmith near where I lived.

I'll never forget the impression I got when I first viewed the image of a swarm of gangs having a near monopoly over the entiresquare.

When I finally got round to watching this film, I was left totally speechless after the end credits. Everything seemed totally original and above all else unique considering it was so well ahead of it's time, what-with the gangs from all five points of New York (hence Gangs of New York), and the various names each possessed (i.e. Garamercy Riffs, Boppers, Lizzies, Punks, Turnball A.C.'s,...
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