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The Warriors (1979)

Michael Beck , James Remar , Walter Hill  |  R |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (656 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Michael Beck, James Remar, Dorsey Wright, Brian Tyler, David Harris
  • Directors: Walter Hill
  • Writers: Walter Hill, David Shaber, Sol Yurick
  • Producers: Frank Marshall, Freeman A. Davies, Joel Silver, Laurent Bouzereau
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Paramount Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: January 16, 2001
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (656 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000541AM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,133 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Warriors" on IMDb

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In 1979 a charismatic leader summons the street gangs of New York City in a bid to take it over. When he is killed, The Warriors are falsely blamed and now must fight their way home while every other gang is hunting them down to kill them.

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373 of 389 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sam Shaber speaks for her father November 8, 1999
Format:VHS Tape
I'm David Shaber's daughter, Sam, (Samantha.) My father wrote the screenplay for The Warriors, and I'm hoping this "review" gets printed because he just passed away on Thursday morning, November 4th, of a sudden burst anneurism. With so many "Warriors" fans out there, I thought you would want to know. I'm incredibly warmed by these wonderful comments about this film and I know that if he read them (although he had barely learned how to search the internet before he died) he would chuckle in his lighthearted way and say something like "Oh, well isn't that nice," all-the-while refusing to take credit for any of it. But I know he deserved that credit, having taken a dark, psychological study of gang warfare and infusing it with a classic but clever and topical, good vs. evil story. (And maybe I shouldn't admit it, but my dad didn't really like the baseball face-paint idea which I believe was one of Walter Hill's additions - he thought that was too unrealistic and "Hollywood"...) Anyway, I do hope the movie is re-issued with the extra scenes at some point, and for those real "followers" I just discovered that you can find a complete list of his produced titles on the Internet Movie Database ( if you want to check it out. The Warriors is indeed an AFFECTING picture, whether you love it or hate it. So thanks for your comments and take care, -Sam.
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334 of 378 people found the following review helpful
By Mr Vess
After almost a year of anticipation, the trumpeted "ultimate director's cut" of the beloved 1979 camp classic arrived - and it made George Lucas's belated Star Wars reeditions, with their already proverbially inane "Greedo shooting first" and "Hayden Christensen's head inserted over Sebastian Shaw" changes look like genuine improvements.

Walter Hill just managed to do what medicine previously thought unimaginable - he raped himself. He took a film loved by no less than four generations and murdered it, spat on it and desecrated its corpse.

The "ultimate cut" was turned into an imbecilic quasi-comic book film. Hill destroyed numerous legendary scenes by inserting awkward zooms, awkward cuts at pivotal moments, and - oh, heaven have mercy - freezes and transitions into "stylized" pseudo-comic book panels (actually seemingly made with the emboss filter of Photoshop), often complete with inane "thought bubble" comments.

Case in point - the scene in which the Warriors encounter the Furies. A powerful scene in which tension grows with every second, conveyed only through the actors' eyes and Barry de Vorzon's slowly creeping-up score. At least that is how it looked originally... because in the new version, at the second when the tension just began growing, the "new" film freezes and transforms into an idiotic comic book panel complete with - oh, God, why?!? - an imbecilic bubble comment stating "Holy sh..., the Baseball Furies!". That's how bad the new version is - and this isn't even the worst example.

He shattered the mystery of the ambient "Wonder Wheel" opening by inserting an absolutely unnecessary animate reference to Anabasis before it. And, worst of all, he obliterated the wonderful ending scene.
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125 of 146 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Who are the Warriors ? I want all the Warriors !! October 17, 2000
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Walter Hill ( "48 Hrs", "Hard Times", "Extreme Prejudice" ) shows his directing flair for action, drama and style in this crackling 1979 movie about a Coney Island gang falsely accused of murder and fleeing from their accusers....the other NYC gangs and the New York City Police Department.

Hill successfully adapted to the screen the moderately popular novel by author Sol Yurick who worked with the NYC Dept of Welfare in the 1950's. Yurick used the basis of ancient Greek history and the torturous trek home by Greek soldiers after their leader , Cyrus the Younger, was killed in the Persian Wars...and simply updated the setting to modern day NY and it's raging gang warfare embracing the five boroughs !

Set amongst a hostile, nocturnal world of neon lit train stations, baseball bat wielding gang members and lethal, gun toting women "The Warriors" moves along at a frenetic pace with a fine selection of young actors taking the lead. Michael Beck plays the cool headed, war chief "Swan", seeking to get the other members back home to Coney Island alive and in one piece. James Remar is unforgettable as the woman chasing, hot headed "Ajax"...always out to prove his manhood with his fists. And David Patrick Kelly is perfect as the murderous, but cowardly leader of the Rogues.

Attending a combined meeting of dozens of street gangs deep in the South Bronx to hear the Gramercy Riffs plans to control the streets of New York, the Warriors are wrongly accused of the shooting death of their charismatic leader, "Cyrus".
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38 of 42 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't be stupid January 8, 2006
Like me that is. Don't dump your Paramount DVD of the theatrical cut for this ruined "directors cut." If you don't know of what I speak, the films director thought it might be a good idea to add disruptive faux comic pannels between scenes. Was he just ashamed of his film, or was he offered $ to alter it to go along with the recent video game?

Ether way it stinks, if you wan't this movie and have a multi-region player, don't suffer through this, pick up the British disk from Amazon UK. I did.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars See this, not the special edition!
I wish they would release the original in Blu-Ray or DVD. There are some films that are better left alone and this is one of them.
Published 7 days ago by Film Fanatic C
5.0 out of 5 stars Always liked this one
Good flick, haven't seen it in years. Good to be able to see it again. Nice clean clear copy. Good quality.
Published 10 days ago by ManicBobo
5.0 out of 5 stars Great 70's movie to watch on movie night. I love watching over and...
I love this movie. Takes me back to the 70's and my youth. The dvd was in great condition. Yeah!
Published 18 days ago by Maria Trevino
3.0 out of 5 stars 80's Classic
This is a great 80's classic that may not hit some of the younger generation today but this was not to far off of what NYC was like with gangs in the 70's. Read more
Published 18 days ago by G. Rivera
4.0 out of 5 stars movie review
i saw this movie back when it came out..I just wanted it for a collectors stand point.want to see the cast
Published 18 days ago by rose
4.0 out of 5 stars 4 stars, liked the movie didn't care for the background comments
Didn't realize it was the directors cut, would have preferred the movie without the comments and background.

But I did and do like the story line.
Published 20 days ago by Gordon Chize
5.0 out of 5 stars Best 70's Movie
I love this movie, I bought it so my teenage sons could watch it and understand why I loved it!
Published 23 days ago by Kristi Williams
4.0 out of 5 stars Cult Cinema Classic
This movie really captures the gang culture of New York City in the mid 1970's. Some of the gang themes are slightly exaggerated but the movie scenes are well connected, and... Read more
Published 23 days ago by Tyrone X Stewart
4.0 out of 5 stars Held my interest
Enjoyed this film. It's more in the genre of a cult classic. One time through is enough for me though. It isn't as if you need to think much about what the story is saying. Read more
Published 28 days ago by Gerald
4.0 out of 5 stars great
It was not as good as I remember, but it was still a great movie. Its a classic and very quotable and its fun seeing so many actors at the start of their careers
Published 1 month ago by Michael Ormond
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