The Warriors (1979)


The-Warriors“The problem in the past has been the man turning us against one another. We have been unable to see the truth, because we have fighting for ten square feet of ground, our turf, our little piece of turf. That’s crap, brothers! The turf is ours by right, because it’s our turn. All we have to do is keep up the general truce. We take over one borough at a time. Secure our territory… secure our turf… because it’s all our turf!” – Cyrus

Number of Times Seen – 1  (12 Jan 2014)

Brief Synopsis – A street gang is stranded in dangerous territory and must find their way back to their home turf safety during the course of the night.

My Take on it – I had never heard of this movie until it was mentioned by CinemaParrotDisco a few weeks ago.  I therefore decided to check it out for myself.

I had no clue what to expect and I was enthusiastic after hearing rave reviews from both both Eric at theIPC and CinemaParrotDisco.

What a surprise this movie was for me.  At first glance, it’s just a movie about 9 guys who need to get across NYC in order to be “safe” on their own turf after things go very wrong after a conference between all the gangs of NYC.

They must trek through “enemy” territory while being chased and hunted by numerous other gangs and the police.

This movie is obviously from way before the invention (or actually the widely used implementation) of cellphones and it was interesting how information is passed between gangs via the radio and pay phone updates as everyone is hot on their trail.

None of the 9 members of the gang are developed at all, but this isn’t a movie about character development, it’s all about their adventure and survival as they make their way across town by foot, train or any other way possible.

The fact that this movie is an adaptation of something that happened to a tribe stuck in enemy territory in Ancient Greece makes it even more interesting because it is a way to show that a good writer and director can take just about any timeless story and adapt it to any time and place and show that it can work.

This is a great example of that kind of story and it really does work well.

The diverse appearances of the many gangs portrayed here is very cool to watch.  As a baseball fan, it was interesting to see the gang called The Baseball Fury having a great part on the Warrior’s quest across NYC.

This movie also has great animation transition shots making the story look like a comic book.

This is a movie that if you think about it for a little while it actually can grow on you.  Interestingly, I think much more highly about it now than when I watched it 48 hours ago.

A movie that can accomplish such a feat is worth seeing in my book.

Bottom Line – Great modern adaptation of a historical story. Slightly campy but a great storyline to reflect upon. Recommended!

Rating – Globe Worthy

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32 thoughts on “The Warriors (1979)

  1. I grew up with The Warriors and I think that time is an essential part of the movie. Without it being made and set in the time in which it is, I don’t think the movie would hold up as well as it does. Or maybe not.

    Nice review, have you seen any other films directed by Walter Hill?

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    • I think you are correct, but I wonder if now 35 years later someone could think of making it sci-fi or even a horror flick and do it properly.

      Of course I have – looking at his IMDb resume I’ve seen most of them. The only classic I see that I still haven’t seen is The Long Riders (1980).

      I have already reviewed 48 Hours, Another 48 Hours (1990) and Extreme Prejudice in the last few months.

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting

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  2. Excellent work! I’m glad I have been able to turn two people on to this gem from my childhood – that sequence with The Warriors being chased by The Baseball Furies through the park is classic!

    Good stuff : )

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  3. Yay! So glad you liked this one. I was worried after you hated the other one I reviewed… Lol! But I liked The Warriors much much more than that one. : ) Yep – and I liked The Warriors more after thinking about it & even amended my post & upped the rating, which I’ve never done. I’ve only ever lowered ratings!

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