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Saturday, July 27, 2013

The Warriors (1979)
























Starring:
  • Michael Beck
  • James Remar
  • Dorsey Wright
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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.

During a gang summit in the Bronx, a rival gang leader (Roger Hill) is shot and killed. A Coney Island gang is wrongfully accused of the crime and find themselves on the run from other gangs and cops as they race back to their turf. Will they make it back in one piece?

Walter Hill's ("48 Hrs.") stylish tale about gang warfare packs a punch (even by today's standards). Upon release, the film sparked controversy and was accused of encouraging gang violence. After one look, it's not brutal, graphic or unpleasant. It's an exciting, fast-paced, action-packed, non-bloody tale that sends a message with conviction. Most of the gangs portrayed are too cartoonish to be menacing, but yet they are unique in more ways than one. Credit should also be given to Andrew Laszlo's photography. A cult classic. "Can you dig it?"

2 comments:

Moni @ CL Journal said...

I've always loved this film for two reasons: One, it's so campy by NYC standards, but has that gritty NYC '70's look. Two, Steve James (later known in American Ninja and as Kung Fu Joe in "I"m Gonna Get You Sucka" was a very close friend of the family (I mean he was FAMILY! May he RIP). I was thrilled that he was one of the Baseball Furies! I was 13 when this came out and loved every minute of it. The only thing is I was not crazy about the Director's cut a couple of years ago (which is originally how he wanted it made). I"m glad Paramount shut that down back then. Now only if they could come out with the extended/deleted scenes from the original version I'll be all set! CAN YOU DIGGGG ITTTTT?! LOVE THIS! Gonna play it now.

Anonymous said...

BAADASSSS MOVIE HANDS DOWN!ONE OF MY FAVORITE GANG MYTHOLOGY MOVIES!

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