Saturday, May 7, 2011

The Warriors (1979)

Director: Walter Hill

Starring: Michael Beck, James Remar, Dorsey Wright, Brian Tyler, David Harris, David Patrick Kelly

More info: IMDb

Tagline: These are the Armies of The Night. They are 60,000 strong. They outnumber the cops three to one. They could run New York City. Tonight they're all out to get the Warriors.

Plot: A gang called The Warriors are framed for killing a gang leader trying to unite all the gangs in the area. With other gangs gunning for them they must get back to the home turf of Coney Island... Alive.

My rating: 7/10

Will I watch it again? Yeah.

#73 on Dusk to Dawn Drive-In Trash-o-Rama Show Vol. 1 (part of the TRAILER TRASH PROJECT)

Man, it's been a lot of years since I saw this. Probably close to 30. It's better than I remembered. The Hollywood version of gangs always cracks me up. I mean, really. No one dresses like this...

If a gang dressed like that in the real world they'd have their asses kicked on a daily basis. THE WARRIORS is fun and engaging. There's barely a dull moment (except for that really long one where Swan & Rembrandt talk about their feelings and shit in the subway tunnel - yawn), the action is good, the cinematography looks fantastic - they beautifully captured the streets of NY. And then there's that great, film debut performance by David Patrick Kelly as the baddie, Luther.

"Warriors! Come out to play-ay."

James Remar (Ajax) sure did change over the past 30 years. I didn't even recognize him. Then...

and now (as Dexter's father on DEXTER)

Barry De Vorzon's music works well, the acting isn't too over the top, the ending is very satisfying and it's really great seeing Mercedes Ruehl. What happened to her? She was on fire back in the late 80s and early 90s.

Anyway, it goes without saying that she needs to have my babies. If you haven't seen this before, check it out. It's a great way to spend an hour and a half.

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