Saturday, January 18, 2014

The Warriors (1979)

By Pauly
Los Angeles, CA

When I was a kid, I thought The Warriors was a bad ass movie because it referenced the Bronx. The film was supposed to take place in the near future in a dystopian NYC when gangs ran the city and outnumbered the cops 5 to 1. The scary thing is that NYC at the end of the 70s had plunged into mayhem with rising crime, so the so-called future was now. The city was a dark and scary place and this flick represented that paranoia about going out and/or riding the subways at night.

Brief plot... The Warriors get framed for killing a gang leader, and they have to get from the Bronx to Coney Island with every gang in the city looking to kill them. The face dozens of gangs along the way, including the bad ass Baseball Furies, who wear pinstripe baseball uniforms and paint their faces different colors like KISS.

I found the entire flick via YouTube. Watch it ASAP before the YT police yank it down...

Random tidbits... The original script for The Warriors was set in LA. Tony Scott was slated to direct a remake, but he passed away before the film could be developed.

1 comment:

  1. The original story was of course set in Anatolia (now Turkey), for it is the Anabasis of Xenophon, the story of a Greek mercenary army whose patron had been killed fighting its way to a place where it could return home.

    The film was adapted from the novel of the same name by Sol Yurick, and it was definitely set in New York.