The Warriors is Walter Hill's street gang masterpiece. It's so cheesy and highly entertaining. The Warriors, along with all of the street gangs in the New York City area are invited to a "street gang "convention" headed by the leader of the city's biggest gang Cyrus. Cyrus has a vision, to unite all the gangs and take over the city. Each gang brings their leader and eight "representatives" to the meeting. The film follows the gang with it's main emphasis on the Warriors.
These are no ordinary street gangs. They're as flamboyant as their names. You have gangs of mimes, baseball playing clowns, greaser gangs, rejects from the "Wanderers" (by the way another great film about street gangs), skinheads, kung-fu gangs, a lesbian gang , a redneck gang and one gang that actually "pays" to get on the subway! Despite the movie being filled with cartoonish gangs, this movie took a lot of heat for "glorifying" the gangs and caused major problems with violence amongst the movie going patrons in several cities.
If you're in the mood for a good old fashion cheese fest filled with hard edge violence, bad dialog and over the top acting then this movie's for you. Grab some popcorn and a couple a beers cause it's movie time!
P.S. Check out the musical solo by Luther (David Patrick Kelly) accompanied by coke bottles!
*** out of **** "The Warriors" begins with a particularly stylish opening montage that depicts several gangs - each supposedly handling no weapons, and each limited to about nine members or less - boarding and leaving trains, riding buses and driving cars; all too one similar location. We could just as easily follow any single gang, but the one we follow throughout the narrative gives the film its title. The Warriors make it to the scene and an almighty figure named Cyrus … more
Cyrus (Roger Hill), the leader of the largest street gang the Gramercy Riffs, holds a meeting in the Bronx. He invites 9 delegates of the local gangs in an attempt to call a truce. His plan is to unite the gangs into one, with intentions on conquering New York City one borough at a time. During the ovation, he's gunned down by a gang leader, who places the blame on another gang from Coney Island called the Warriors. Chaos ensues and the Warriors realize that the truce may have been called off, … more
This is one cult classic that I easily consider one of my favorites ever. The Warriors is an action movie that follows a Brooklyn gang trying to make it out of the Bronx alive. The pacing is excellent and it's not just another action movie here. The film does a great job utilizing its themes of isolation and existentialism. Stylish, very atmospheric, with a nice consistent tone. The Warriors is definitely one of the better action movies to ever be made, … more