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Michael Beck, James Remar, David Patrick Kelly, Thomas G. Waites, Dorsey Wright ... see more see more... , Deborah Van Valkenburgh , Mercedes Ruehl , Brian Tyler , David Harris , Tom McKitterick , Marcelino Sánchez , Terry Michos , Roger Hill , Billy Anagnos , Gary Baxley , Carrotte , Hubert J. Edwards , Jaime Perry , Donna Ritchie , Brian Taylor , William Williams , Craig R. Baxley , Konrad Sheehan , Tommy Huff , Lynne Thigpen , John Snyder , Jeff Scott , Mike James , Gregory Cleghorne , George Lee Miles , Joel Weiss , Harold Miller , Michael Garfield , J.W. Smith , Marvin Foster , Johnny Barnes , Jeffrey Michael , Paul Greco , André Engel , Jerry Hewitt , Rob Ryder , Steve Chambers , Harry Madsen , John Gibson , Lisa Maurer , Doran Clark , Victoria Vanderkloot , Laura Delano , Eddie Earl Hatch , Leon Delaney , Irwin Keyes , Larry Silvestri , Sonny Landham , Frank Ferrara , Vic Magnotta , Don Ritchie , Steve James

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,' 'T... read more read more...he 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 has traveled to the Bronx to attend a city-wide meeting of all gangs; at that event, however, the psychotic leader of a rival gang, 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 allegedly inciting violence and destruction in several theaters where it initially played. James Remar, Michael Beck and Deborah Van Valkenburgh lead the ensemble cast. ~ Nathan Southern, Rovi

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R, 1 hr. 33 min.

Directed by: Walter Hill

Release Date: February 9, 1979

Keywords: action, cult, gang, 70's

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DVD Release Date: January 16, 2001

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  • December 30, 2007
    Welcome Back Kotter meets A Clockwork Orange
  • June 15, 2014
    Oy vey! Such a reputation this film has! It's high time (it's only been about 30+ years!) I finally got around to it. And so what's the hoopla been all about?
    Well first there's the obvious plot about one tough street gang's difficult journey across The Big Apple (the most danger... read moreous city on Planet Earth, baby!) ... at night ... and years before Disney went and cleaned up 42nd Street. But mainly what goes on is that instead of like the 1950's or 60's wherein the kids were blamed for being hooligans outright, here it's the dilapidated urban landscape that makes really good hearted kids into the animals society fears.
    Whatever the supposition it was cool watching nice kids acting like they was bad, and checking out the 70's idea of tough fashion choices. Fun.
  • January 8, 2014
    I realize that the filmmakers weren't trying to make a completely serious or realistic film, but at the same time, it's hard to deny the debt this film owes to history and mythology. It's one of those stories you can either take at face value, read deeper meanings into it, or bot... read moreh. Regardless, you can still enjoy it and be entertained.

    I've got a bias towards this film that I need to state upfront. I like 70s crime and action movies. Gritty location photography is awesome, especially urban location photography. I liked the atmosphere of paranoia and tension surrounding things. It reminded me a lot of Assault of Precinct 13 (the original), as well as later films (that I saw before I saw this one) such as Escape From New York and Judgement Night.

    As I mentioned above, you can read as little or as much into this as you want, and it would be totally fine to do so. By reading into it, this film can rise above its place as a well-made B-Movie, and it can becomes something more, something a scholar could use for some sort of study or something, such as cinematic representations of gang warfare and race relations.

    While not great the acting is actually pretty decent. Michael Beck is great, and David Patrick Kelly is the definite scene stealer. I don't know what it is, but seeing a black guy with a fro wearing Native American garb brought a smile to my face. Yet again this is something that could be analyzed to death. This wasn't quite as gritty or violent as I thought it might be, but I didn't actually mind too much. As much as I appreciate visceral shocking violence, I much prefer subtlety and more downplayed mayhem.

    I better stop before I ramble too much more. Bottom line, if you haven't seen this yet, you probably should. It's a definite cult classic that deserves all the praise it gets.
  • fb1442511448
    July 7, 2013
    A visionary cult-film with a vibrant flow. Walter Hill's The Warriors is a stylistic action-based film that possesses that futuristic vibe with a violent and urbanized tone. The film is an exceptional portrayal and interpretation of gang control and its ties with Greek mythology.... read more All members of all gangs play well in giving off that rugged attitude and swagger and makes the film that much more unique. 4.5/5
  • October 12, 2011
    Come out to plaaaaaaaaay....
  • June 24, 2011
    Walter Hill's The Warriors is a masterpiece.The film has a feel and atmosphere to it that you can't ignore.. Set in a Dystopian futuresque New York City, The Warriors tells the story of the Warriors gang who are framed for the murder of the most powerful gang leader in New York a... read moret a truce meeting to unite all the New York gangs. The Warriors must return to their safe haven of Coney Island while being surrounded by 20,000 angry and united gang members. Walter Hill's direction is phenomenal and The cast give terrific performances. The standout performance here however was David Patrick Kelly as Luther, he simply was menacing and his taunt at the end, "Warriors come out to pla-ay" was brilliant, it made the film even better. The Warriors is an awesome action film with a great cast. I found the film to be quite original, and due to it's style of film, I thought it added a certain quality to the film that breaks new ground. The Warriors is a superb film and is by far the best film directed by Walter Hill. The film is always suspenseful, and thrilling. The fact that we don't know what will happen to The Warriors leaves you guessing Till the end. The Warriors is an exciting film with top notch action, thrills and awesome acting. Walter Hill keeps the film going strong with small breaks of which the audience can catch their breath, and wonder what will happen next. The Warriors is one of the best action films of the 70's, and since it was released at the end of the decade, the film closes the book on an era of terrific and sometimes rediculous, but always thrilling and exciting action films. The Warriors is an astounding accomplishement and remains one of the best action films ever filmed. Truly original.
  • fb732260458
    May 14, 2011
    The movie may have a massive cult following, and it may have inspired a sense of youthful rebellion for a generation... and that's all great. But nothing excuses the film for its disappointing lack of energy, disastrously poor acting, and just plain uninspired set-pieces. Apart f... read morerom the slick comic-book effects, the movie is a middling affair. It's not violent, not kinetic, not dark nor emotionally moving. Just... bland, especially when one has to sit through 90 minutes of watching some skinny teenagers pretend to be tough guys and stand around subway stations. As a side note - the cast should seriously consider some major future dental work.
  • January 30, 2011
    A powerful gang leader at a city wide peace summit is shot and the Warriors are wrongfully accused. Now they must make it back to their home turf in one piece. Story based on a 1965 novel by Sol Yurick is vivid and consistently engaging, a model of how to edit an action thriller... read more. Highly stylized vision of NYC gangs is a perfect marriage of tough inner city drama and 70s disco-era style. The production design's concept of the near future possesses the realistic look of gritty NYC streets but the multi-racial gang members appearance more closely resembles something out of West Side Story than actual thugs. Indeed every group sports colorful attire that represent their faction with visual flair. The urban drama's infamous reputation for sparking violence in theaters at the time, seems perplexing today. The onscreen brutality is cartoonish as death is downplayed at each opportunity. With two exceptions, there are virtually no guns as the violence is physical combat. For example, one altercation versus the Furies (they wear baseball uniforms) is fought swinging bats much in the same way an ancient battle would be with swords. The costumes, music, and acting are somewhat dated, but enjoyable fun. The plot is skillfully kept simple and the pacing is enthusiastically brisk. It's easy to see why in subsequent decades, the film has become a cult classic.
  • January 20, 2011
    Not many people had heard about this movie until the video game of the same name appeared in the noughties. I must say that I have always been a fan of the movie and now that it has the video game coupled along with it, it is even more compelling. The accuracy with which the two ... read moremimick each other make my love for the movie the Warriors almost a franchise for the entirity of the title rather than just the movie. It is one of those literal cases of seen the film, played the game, bought the t-shirt and lived the dream.
  • January 7, 2011
    I didn't really like the fact that this movie had so many main characters, it made it hard to focus on the story, I think, but other than that it's a good movie. It has a great style, and it has a very modern and urban feeling. A good movie.

Critic Reviews

Cole Smithey
February 18, 2013
Cole Smithey,

Walter Hill's vibrant 1979 adaptation of Sol Yurick's 1965 novel - based loosely on an ancient Greek story called "Anabasis" - is a classic cinematic record of New York City circa 1979. Full Review

Dennis Schwartz
October 26, 2010
Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Cartoonishly violent, insanely moody and pointless. Full Review

Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
October 12, 2010
Michael W. Phillips, Jr., Goatdog's Movies

A cult film that deserves its reputation. Full Review

Felix Vasquez Jr.
July 2, 2009
Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed

One of the best gangster pictures of all time. Full Review

Clint Morris
February 3, 2009
Clint Morris, Brag Magazine

The Warriors Rule! One of the best action-thrillers of the 70s!

Walter Chaw
September 6, 2007
Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central

Yeah, it's really good. Full Review

John J. Puccio
July 5, 2007
John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis

The only trouble is that I half expected them to break out into song and dance any minute a la West Side Story. Full Review

Thomas Delapa
January 9, 2007
Thomas Delapa, Boulder Weekly

OK, it's not Greek tragedy, but it is based (loosely) on Xenophon, so there. Full Review

Brian Mckay
May 31, 2006
Brian Mckay,

Visually stunning and emotionally gripping, THE WARRIORS is a classic that, after a quarter-century, has finally recieved the loving finishing touches that it so rightly deserves Full Review

Cole Smithey
November 21, 2005
Cole Smithey,

See it once, and you'll want to see it again.

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    • Luther: No! It was the Warriors!
    • D.J.: Hey Boppers.
    • Ajax: Well, good! I'm sick of running from these wimps!
    • Ajax: Since when are you a fucking diplomat?
    • Cyrus: Can you dig it?
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