• The Wanderers (1979)

The Wanderers

Release Date: July 4th, 1979

DVD Release Date: September 3rd, 2002

R |1 hr 53 min

Plot Summary

The Wanderers are an Italian-American gang vying for respect on the streets of the Bronx in 1963. Between rumbles with rivals such as the Ducky Boys and the Fordham Baldies, the group of toughs learn some difficult lessons about life -- and love. Leader Richie Gennaro (Ken Wahl) finds himself entangled with Despie Galasso (Toni Kalem), the daughter of a mobster, while the artistically inclined Joey (John Friedrich) falls hard for Nina (Karen Allen).

Cast: Ken Wahl, John Friedrich, Karen Allen, Toni Kalem, Alan Rosenberg, Linda Manz, Erland van Lidth, Olympia Dukakis

Director: Philip Kaufman

Genres: Comedy drama

Production Co: Orion Pictures Corporation

Distributors: Roadshow Home Video [au], Warner Bros., Warner Home VĂ­deo, Orion Pictures

Keywords: Rivalry , Love , 1960s , Growing up , Touching , Gritty ,

Ratings & Reviews

  • 75
    San Francisco Examiner

    This is a giddy parody of gang pictures, West Side Story without the music and set in the Bronx of the '60s. The music is solid early '60s rock 'n' roll ( My Boyfriend's Back, The Wanderer ) and the acting is broad and often silly. show more

  • 75
    Peter StackSan Francisco Chronicle

    The Wanderer can turn an anxious tone to creepy and phantasmagoric. Kaufman's brilliant camera work relies on the exaggerated style of comic books, and the visual energy throughout is gritty. show more

  • 75
    Jay ScottThe Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    You may find yourself having more kinky fun in The Wanderers than you have had in any American movie for a long time, but when you try to grasp the meaning of what you've seen, you find yourself clutching at moonbeams. [31 Aug 1979]

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