Hey, Watch This!: The Warriors

I can’t believe that I went the first eighteen years of my life without knowing The Warriors existed. It is a travesty of epic proportions.

The-Warriors

PLOT

A gang must make their way through New York City back to their home territory after being framed for the murder of a rival gang leader.

WHY YOU SHOULD WATCH

The Warriors are badass motherfuckers. Seriously.

The film of The Warriors, 1979

The costumes are brilliant. Have you ever seen a cooler leather vest than this? I already know the answer. It’s no.

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A midnight summit with ALL the gangs in New York? Please sign me up for this. Or not because I would probably be terrified in real life. In some imaginary life where I get to carry brass knuckles, count me in.

The greatest speech every given in the history of man.

Ajax is the shit. I would totally hang with him any day of the week. I mean, check out how defiant he is in the face of a dude with a baseball bat: “I’ll shove that bat up your ass and turn you into a Popsicle.”

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It’s so quotable! Besides the obvious Cyrus and Luther quotes, you have gems such as this: “Why don’t you just tie a mattress to your back?” Classic and classy.

“Warriors… come out to play!” I want this engraved on my tombstone.

Epic showdown on the beach. Is there a more badass place to get into a fight than on the beach? Probably but it’s still amazing.

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Coney Island bitches. I’ve never been but I understand the significance. I will ride the subway to Coney ALL DAY.

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MEET THE GANGS

The Warriors– Come from Coney Island. They wear brown pleather vests with their patch on the back.

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Turnbull AC’s– They are skinheads who drive an old school bus that has been painted green. The Warriors encounter them on the way to Gunhill Station in The Bronx.

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Orphans– They are a rag tag group of misfits who were not invited to the big meetup. They all wear green t-shirts with jeans and tennis shoes. The Warriors encounter them after their subway train is stopped at Tremont.

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Baseball Furies– They wear New York Yankee uniforms and paint their faces multi-colored, silently threatening others with the baseball bats they carry. Swan, Ajax, Cowboy and Snow encounter them at Riverside Park in Manhattan.

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The Lizzies– An all-female gang that lure some of the Warriors back to their apartment. Vermin, Rembrant and Cochise encounter them at Union Square Station in Manhattan.

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Punks– They are another mute gang, who wear brightly colored long-sleeve shirts and overalls. The Warriors encounter them at the subway station at The Bowery in Manhattan.

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The Rogues– Luther’s gang, they are responsible for Cyrus’s death. Though they are from Hell’s Kitchen in Manhattan, the Warriors face off with them on the beach at Coney Island.

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Riffs– The biggest gang in the city, led by Cyrus. They wear outfits that resemble karategi. They are based in Gramercy in Manhattan.

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WHERE HAVE I SEEN YOU BEFORE

Michael Beck as Swan

  • Sonny Malone in Xanadu
  • Crawford in The Golden Seal

James Remar as Ajax

  • Lord Raiden in Mortal Kombat
  • Detective Harry Morgan on Dexter

Dorsey Wright as Cleon

  • Junior Jones in The Hotel New Hampshire

David Harris as Cochise

  • Priam in North and South
  • Officer Donny Simmons on NYPD Blue

Deborah Van Valkenburgh as Mercy

  • Kimberly in Going for the Gold: The Bill Johnson Story
  • Jackie Rush on Too Close for Comfort

Roger Hill as Cyrus

  • Lil John in The Education of Sonny Carson

David Patrick Kelly as Luther

  • Sully in Commando
  • Jerry Horne on Twin Peaks
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