The Warriors

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Released 1979

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Director:
Walter Hill
Released:
1979
Rating:
R
The Warriors is a 1979 cult classic directed by Walter Hill. The film focuses on a New York City street gang known as The Warriors. The Warriors opens during an unprecedented meeting between all of the street gangs in New York City. The meeting was called by Cyrus (Roger Hill), who is the leader of the powerful Gramercy Riffs. Each gang was asked to send nine unarmed representatives to the meeting place at Van Cortlandt Park, where they would discuss banding together in order to take control of the city. However, another gang leader named Luther (David Patrick Kelly), does not want to end the inter-gang violence. He uses a concealed pistol to kill Cyrus and then blames it on The Warriors. The Warriors' leader, Cleon (Dorsey Wright), is quickly beaten to death. Which leaves second-in-command Swan (Michael Beck) to lead the remaining representatives back to the rest of the gang on Coney Island.

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  • 100

    Time Out London

    Anyone expecting gritty realism will be disappointed, because Hill is offering something better: shooting entirely on NY locations at night, he has transformed the city into a phan...

  • 75

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    Walter Hill, who directed Charles Bronson's Hard Times, puts the action sequences (that's a euphemism for head-bashing and crotch-gouging) together with panache and this exploitati...

  • 50

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    The Warriors is a real peculiarity, a movie about street gang warfare, written and directed as an exercise in mannerism. There's hardly a moment when we believe that the movie's ga...

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