A short classic movie review for people with short attention spans!!
Walter Hill has been in the directing game for quite a while helming such films as 48 Hrs, Brewster’s Millions, Crossroads, Red Heat, Last Man Standing, and Bullet to the Head. He also Produced every Aliens movie ever made to include Alien Vs Predator 1 and 2 as well as Prometheus and Covenant.
Michael Beck (The Grace of Jake), James Remar (U.S.S. Indianapolis: Men of Courage), Deborah Van Valkenburgh (The Devil’s Rejects), David Patrick Kelly (The Crow), the late Marcelino Sanchez (48 Hrs.), Brian Tyler (Vamp Bikers), Dorsey Wright (Hair), David Harris (Quicksilver), Tom McKitterick, Terry Michos (The Great Skycopter Rescue), the late Roger Hill (The Education of Sonny Carson), the late Lynne Thigpen (Blankman) and Mercedes Ruehl (Hustlers)
The armies of the night number 100,000; they outnumber the police 5 to 1; and tonight they’re after the Warriors.
Nine delegates from 100 gangs meet up to hear from Cyrus the President of the biggest gang in New York, The Grammercy Riffs. Halfway through the speech however Cyrus is murdered and the blame is put on The Warriors.
During the remainder of the movie, after escaping from the park where the event happened, they are relentlessly hunted by other gangs that are trying to take them out and deliver them to Cyrus’s gang. All they need to do is get on the train and go the 27 miles to Coney Island and they’ll be safe…They think.
What I think
This movie, when I was younger, was fantastic. It had everything that could pique my interest, such as gangs, mild violence, and a decent sense of life or death.
Once you see the first five minutes of the movie you realize that all of these gangs in it have a very strict dress code and they have to dress the same but in some cases the costume itself is ridiculous from The Boppers dressed as pimps to The Furies dressed like clowns in baseball uniforms to The Turnbull AC’s that are skinheads wearing bowling shirts. Even the Warriors have a vest that says Warriors on the back of it and blue jeans, very motorcycle gang (minus the motorcycle), strict when it comes to the dress code.
Even though the costumes are outrageous, the action and story were interesting and exciting. The slow moments are jam packed with tension, the pace of the story is just right, and when it goes down the fights are very violent and entertaining.
As you go through the story with The Warriors you can feel the tension as they make their way through the street where every alleyway could spell death. From the fights with the The Furies and The Orphans to the set up with The Lizzies, an all girl gang, to the final showdown with The Rogues in Coney Island. Every encounter whittled away the numbers of the Warriors.
The Nitty Gritty of this review is that, for the time, the acting was pretty good, the look was good, and the wardrobe matched the time perfectly. The not so good is that when the movie was re-released, the production company inserted comic book wipes that, for lack of a better term, screwed up the flow of the movie. Between the scenes the film gets switched to a comic book cell and then moved over to another scene the changed back to a film.
All and all, this was a great movie that I revisit on a regular basis.
Look for The Warriors on Amazon Prime Video and let me know what you think.
If you like gang movies, the 70’s, fighting, and action then this movie is good for you.
I give this movie 4 of 5 stars.
Poster, Pictures, and Plot courtesy of IMDB.com
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