The Warriors

Release Date: December 2nd, 1979

DVD Release Date: January 16th, 2001

R |1 hr 30 min

Plot Summary

A turf battle between New York City street gangs that rages from Coney Island to the Bronx. The Warriors are mistakenly fingered for the killing of a gang leader. Soon they have every gang in the city out to get revenge and they must make their way across the city to their own turf.

Cast: Michael Beck, James Remar, Dorsey Wright, Brian Tyler, David Harris, Tom McKitterick, Marcelino Sánchez, Terry Michos

Director: Walter Hill

Genres: Action

Production Co: Paramount Pictures

Distributors: Paramount Pictures

Keywords: Pursuit, Tense, Quest, Brooding, 1970s, Revenge, Police officer, Underdog, Murder

Ratings & Reviews

  • 75
    The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    Walter Hill, who directed Charles Bronson's Hard Times, puts the action sequences (that's a euphemism for head-bashing and crotch-gouging) together with panache and this exploitation picture strolls right along. [10 Feb 1979]

  • 100
    Film Threat

    For me personally, It’s one film that can’t be redone for the simple fact, there isn’t a living director that can capture what made this movie work! If you’ve never seen this film, I can’t recommend it highly enough. It’s definitely in my TOP 5 of “All time greatest movies.” show more

  • 50
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    The Warriors is a real peculiarity, a movie about street gang warfare, written and directed as an exercise in mannerism. There's hardly a moment when we believe that the movie's gangs are real or that their members are real people or that they inhabit a real city. That's where the peculiarity comes in: I don't think we're supposed to. No matter what impression the ads give, this isn't even remotely intended as an action film. It's a set piece. It's a ballet of stylized male violence. show more

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