The Warriors (1979)

Feature Film | Thriller | USA | English | 1h32m
Dir: Walter Hill | Scr: David Shaber & Walter Hill | Novel: Sol Yurick | Ph: Andrew Laszlo | Prod: Lawrence Gordon | Mus: Barry De Vorzon | Ed: Freeman Davies Jr., David Holden, Susan E. Morse, & Billy Weber | AD: Don Swanagan & Bob Wightman | Cast:, James Remar, Dorsey Wright, Brian Tyler, David Harris, Tom McKitterick, Marcelino Sánchez, Terry Michos, Deborah Van Valkenburgh, Roger Hill, David Patrick Kelly, Lynne Thigpen

When summoned to the Bronx for a mass meeting of gangbangers by Cyrus, the leader of New York’s biggest and most feared gang, the Coney Island based The Warriors dutifully oblige. However, when a loose cannon from a rival gang assassinates Cyrus, the blame is erroneously put on to them, leaving them with no option but to flee the area in the vain hope of making it back home alive, whilst every other gang member in the city looks to track them down. Simultaneously gritty and camp, Walter Hill’s existential thriller The Warriors excites throughout with brilliantly cheesy yet disquieting visuals, strong performances (Michael Beck’s central turn in particular proves mesmeric), and memorable scoring.