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The Warriors (1979)

R  |   |  Action, Thriller  |  9 February 1979 (USA)
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In 1979 a charismatic leader summons the street gangs of New York City in a bid to take it over. When he is killed, The Warriors are falsely blamed and now must fight their way home while every other gang is hunting them down to kill them.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dorsey Wright ...
Brian Tyler ...
Tom McKitterick ...
Marcelino Sánchez ...
Rembrandt (as Marcelino Sanchez)
Terry Michos ...
Roger Hill ...
Ginny Ortiz ...


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. Written by Anthony Pereyra {hypersonic91@yahoo.com}

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


They outnumber the cops three to one. See more »


Action | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

9 February 1979 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Les guerriers de la nuit  »

Box Office


SEK 6,309,835 (Sweden)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


The film's added-on opening prologue for the DVD Director's Cut edition of the movie states: "Battle of Cunaxa 401 BC. Over two millenniums ago, an army of Greek Soldiers found themselves isolated in the middle of The Persian Empire. One thousand miles from safety. One thousand miles from the sea. One thousand miles with enemies on all sides. Theirs was a story of a desperate forced march. Theirs was a story of courage. This too is a story of courage". See more »


In the graveyard, Rembrandt is told by Swan to be look out, and Rembrandt climbs on a statue for a good view. Swan then listens to Ajax demanding to be Warlord, and behind him we see Rembrandt climbing the statue again. See more »


[first lines]
Cleon: It's still on and we're goin'. Cyrus sent an emissary this afternoon to make sure. Now, Cyrus don't want anybody packed and he don't want anybody flexing any muscle. So, I gave him my word that the Warriors would uphold the truce.
Cleon: Now everybody says that Cyrus is the one and only.
Cleon: I think we better go have a look for ourself.
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Crazy Credits

In the original version, the end credits are followed by 3 minutes of black screen as the Joe Walsh song "In the City" plays. See more »


Spin-off The Renegades (1983) See more »


Echoes in My Mind
Composed by Carlos Wilson, Louis Wilson, Claude Cave, Dr. Richard Wilson, Wolfredo Wilson
Performed by Mandrill
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A short history lesson
6 November 2004 | by (Hermosa Beach, CA) – See all my reviews

I was working in a movie theater when The Warriors first came out, and remember well the flick and the hype surrounding it. Here's a few notes to clear up some misconceptions that many other commentors seem to have.

The flick was NOT ever intended to be an accurate portrayal of New York gang life, although there were some realistic elements. At the time it was generally accepted that it took place in the future, although nothing in the movie supports this. At best it can be considered an urban fable that takes place in a sort-of-imaginary world. You know, like Pulp Fiction (you think 90s LA gangsters dressed like that??).

Second, the film itself was not accused of inciting violence. Problem was, it was a VERY popular film with gang members, who would show up in force. Two rival gangs would show up at the same theater, and... you can figure the rest out yourself. One guy was killed on the first weekend the movie was playing in New York; after that, the distributor hired off-duty police for security at every theater across the country that showed the flick. In the small-town Midwest where I lived, this served more as advertising hype than anything else.

Finally, it was widely known back in the day that The Warriors was based on the ancient Greek nonfiction tale Anabasis, written around 370 BC by the Spartan general Xenophon (it's also published under the title The Persian Expedition). In this classic tale, a battalion of 10,000 Spartan mercenaries join the Persian emperor Cyrus for a war in Asia Minor (i.e. Turkey). Cyrus's army is defeated, the Spartan leaders are captured, and the remaining force must make their way across country, fighting various hostile tribes along the way, experiencing their own internal power struggles, until they reach the safety of the sea. I'm shocked that only one reviewer seemed to be familiar with this; in the 70s almost nobody talked about the movie without mentioning it.

Great flick, by the way, and it holds up extremely well over time. I'm sure the remake will suck.

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