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3.8
2,207 Ratings

The Warriors

Directed by Walter Hill
United States, 1979
Crime, Thriller

Synopsis

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.

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The Warriors Directed by Walter Hill
Hill’s self-aware style adds both to the film’s quality and entertainment value—it doesn’t suffer from the pretenses of social realism, nor does it completely embrace its alternative universe so as to become Gotham-esqe in execution. It exists as a rare success story in a genre full of self-important parodies that strain too hard for substance rather than style.
March 22, 2013
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Hill’s re-edit, even keeping the reupholstered segues to a bare minimum as he does, upsets that delicate balance. It deliberately inverts the original’s propulsion from youth toward manhood and brings it all back to the realm of an adolescent’s reverie of a healthy street life without parents and where no one will call the police whenever you steal food from corner stands.
October 18, 2005
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The straightforward, straight-line plot—a street gang must cross the length of New York City, pursued by police and rival fraternities—is given the convoluted quality of a fever dream by Hill’s quirky, claustrophobic direction. Not quite the clean, elegant creation that his earlier films were, The Warriors admits to failures of conception (occasional) and dialogue (frequent), but there is much of value in Hill’s visual elaboration of the material.
January 01, 1985
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