The Warriors 1979

The Warriors
(1979), a low-budget, no-star film about futuristic New York gang warfare, may be director Walter Hill's best-known film, if not his best film, period. My little brother, who adores this movie, has been pestering me to see it for years, even though it didn't sound like the kind of film I usually enjoy. Well, neither did The Wild Bunch, and that movie turned out to be one of my favorites.

Paramount released a new DVD of The Warriors today (Oct. 4), promoting it as the "Ultimate Director's Cut". The DVD release is timed to coincide with the release of a video game based on The Warriors (also from Paramount, natch). A cynical person might wonder if the only real reason for the rerelease is to promote the game. However, I thought it was a good opportunity for me to see the movie for the first time.

If you haven't seen The Warriors, it has a very simple, almost mythic storyline: nine guys from a street gang in Coney Island find themselves stuck in the middle of The Bronx and attempt to get back to their home turf. Every gang in the area is out to get them, not to mention the cops. The movie is more than just an extended chase scene, though.