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5.0 out of 5 stars Sam Shaber speaks for her father, November 8, 1999
This review is from: The Warriors [VHS] (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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Initial post: Jul 11, 2009 10:34:57 PM PDT
It's been damn near 10 years since you posted this, but it was a very enlightening read. I'm sorry to hear about the genius who crafted this screenplay passing on - there's no denying the film wouldn't be a classic if not for your father's contributions.

Several years after you published this review, Walter Hill came out with his "Ultimate Directors Cut" of the movie, with those comic book-style transitions and a similar intro sequence. I'm just curious - if your father were still alive, what would he have thought of this version of the film? Quite honestly, I find it quite disappointing only this directors cut is still in print (and subsequently, the only version to be released on HD video formats.) But that's just me.

Either way, I'm very sorry to hear that your father has passed on (and I know this post is VERY late, chances are you probably won't ever read it.) This film is a classic, and it's great to hear on here from someone close to a man who was so instrumental in bringing this classic story to the screen.

Posted on Nov 14, 2009 11:19:32 AM PST
i love this film it reminds me when it was out in the late 70s and i was younger , i think it was a great idea that the one gang paints thier faces , cause there was this type out there cause by face painting it hides their real faces by planning on buying a copy from amazon

Posted on Apr 5, 2010 11:20:21 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 5, 2010 11:21:30 PM PDT
W.M says:
I saw the Warriors at the movie theatre in Chicago during the 80's when streetgangs were popular but feared. The warriors was a low budget film but it has a lot of heart and the characters are very believable which made the people at the movie theatre cheer for them as the "Warriors" defended themselves from the other streetgangs in the city trying to get back to their own turf.....that is part of the reason it has a large cult following.
Your dad gave a gift to us who cheerish this movie and this movie proved that you do not have to have a big budget with special effects to make a good film.
Look at "Rocky" that was a low budget film but it also had a lot of heart and even went on to win best picture at the Academy Awards.

Posted on Oct 31, 2010 9:08:40 AM PDT
Jeff Feezle says:
Dear Sam,

Just wanted to express my sympathy for your dad's passing, and tell you what an impact, a positive one, this movie had on my life. It showed a titantic struggle between good/evil that filled thousands with hope that despite the odds, and within the brotherhood of man, we can reach our 'home' or safety spot within us without giving up. This was a brilliant script: no useless words, phrases. The cuts between scenes were outstanding, the characters drawn brilliantly, and the action was some of the best actions scenes EVER in a motion picture. Just wanted to pat your dad on the back, and let you know that you should be proud of his work, and wish you the best in your life as well,

Posted on Jun 18, 2011 10:28:42 AM PDT
This is the first I heard, terribly late, but I want to say I'm sorry to hear your father passed on. I'd also like to say that The Warriors was instrumental in how I turned out as an adult. It was also one of two movies I exposed my daughter to when she was 4 yrs. old in order to explain the world to her early on.. and you will be glad to know that she has turned into an outstanding person because of it.

Posted on Dec 23, 2011 2:40:23 PM PST
rebelinblue says:
i watched the warriors just this morning,i introduced my daughter to it,she bought it and we just watched it,i still love the film,as for the face painted baseball furies we loved that touch,sorry to hear your father died sam,i came on here to see what others think of the film and saw your review 1st,any way take care,RiB

Posted on Dec 29, 2011 10:36:56 AM PST
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Posted on Mar 25, 2012 12:05:00 AM PDT
enik says:
This movie is classic, futuristic and timeless.. what your father help create is an absolute classic, and there are soooo many fans who deeply love this movie and i saw it as a kid and now i share it with my teens and they love this movie and i know they will share this movie with their teens too... the story told is a story as old as the history of war but told in a way that was perfect for the time it was told and has the rare honor of being a timeless classic that can be told for many generations to come.. it has all the elements of a great story and is a celebration to the art of acting and the magic of movie making.. god bless

Posted on Apr 6, 2012 6:36:09 AM PDT
smike07 says:
I am 24 years old and I love this movie, and i'm sure my kids will when i have them.

Posted on Aug 5, 2012 9:05:41 AM PDT
J. Johnson says:
I was 15 when this movie came to the theatre, my father took me to see it. I'm buying it today to watch with my son. I'm not sure that it'll hold up after so many years, but it will be fun watch regardless. I have to say that, watching the trailer, I do agree with what your father said, that the painted faces on the baseball guys (as well as several other costumes) seem a bit over-the-top. Still, should be fun.
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