When I first decided to try and write about The Warriors, I went into this thinking that this was a classic that everyone was familiar with and I might face some harsh judgement from critics with whatever I had to say. Then I showed the Netflix sleeve to Mary and she said something like “What is this? A comedy or something?” and I replied with with “Huh?? That’s one of my favorite movies, what are you an alien??” And I got “Uh, OK, I don’t know about this.” so I told her to “Beat it, kid” and then went about my business. A little bit later, my friend Jeffrey J came into my office to ask about something and I was like, “do you remember this???” and he looked at it and said something to the effect of, “Never heard of it” and I thought to myself, “who are these communists?” and then I got around to watching one of my favorite movies ever.
So, I guess I don’t know. In my eyes this is a CLASSIC film – a snapshot of the late 70s in gritty, gang style, dirty New York detail with wicked acting and a great story and a fantastic cast and killer music with super effective slow motion action scenes. No CGI, no fluff, no bullshit. I’ve probably seen this 50 times and I loved it the other day when I watched it just as much as I did when I was a kid. But I also got to thinking – you know – this might not resonate and be considered a classic by people who aren’t familiar with the time it was made (vis a vis Mary). I mean, this is about a group of GANGS making a truce to get together and talk about taking over New York – and they all come in many different “colors” – some of which include dudes in mime outfits, roller skaters, pink jackets, huge afros and leather vests with no shirts. So, using Mary again, she might try to check this out and think “whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaatt?”.
In no way can i say that I “lived this”… I grew up in the 70s in middle America and California, but I remember street gangs before there was “Colors”. Groups of dudes hanging around the local 7-11 with switchblades who liked to push kids like me around and spit on us when we were playing video games – it was no fun but I wasn’t living in the boroughs of New York so I am sure it was much more tame. With all of that said, to me this is a classic movie and one that I will always love, but it might not be for “new” viewers who aren’t familiar with the subject matter or the time frame – as in – people that don’t remember what it was like to not have a cell phone or had to get up to change the TV channel : )
The story here is about gang land New York – and a dude named Cyrus (the leader of The Grammercy Riffs) calls a truce to stop wasting each other and gathers a shitload of people together to unite everyone and take over the city. If you’ve seen this, you’ll appreciate this quote: “Caaaaaaaaaaannn youuuuuuuuuuuuuuu diiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiigggg itttttttttttttt?” (If you haven’t seen it, that’s kind of his memorable unification line). Well, some weird looking memeber of The Rogues decides to waste Cyrus and blames it on The Warriors so they high tail it out of there, realize they’re marked men and that they’re going to have to Bop (fight) all the way back home to Coney Island when the new leader of The Riffs puts a bounty on their head.
That’s right Boppers! Swan, Snow, Ajax, Cochise, Cowboy, Rembrandt and Vermin are going to have the night of their lives! They have to escape from skin heads, The Orphans, The Lizzies, the roller skater gang, the cops, The Rogues and last but never least, The Baseball Furies. I don’t know about you, but these guys freaked me the fuck out and that chase scene through the park is fucking fantastic! If you haven’t ever seen this – yashould.
P.S. – After I watched this and wrote my drafts, I gave it to Mary for a watch to test my theory and…….. she liked it!! Hopefully she’ll comment about her experience.