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Warriors, the

Michael Beck , James Remar , Walter Hill    R (Restricted)   VHS Tape
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (149 customer reviews)

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Walter Hill's controversial 1979 drama was blamed for causing gang violence at theaters, but now it looks as highly stylized and pulpy as Hill (Last Man Standing) intended. The plot finds a New York gang having to cross the territory of rivals in order to get to their own 'hood. A sort of urban Western with a comic-book pace, artificial colors, fable-like tone, and broad acting, the film isn't intended to steep us in gritty realities so much as spin a decadent fantasy out of them. Still, this is a tough film with an almost futuristic element to its characterizations of gang activity, and it is more absorbing than Hill's more elaborate youth opera of punk wars, Streets of Fire. --Tom Keogh

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Who are the Warriors ? I want all the Warriors ! Oct. 17 2000
Format:VHS Tape
Walter Hill ( 48 hrs, Hard Times ) 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....including the other NYC gangs and the New York City Police Department.
Hill successfully adapted 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 ultimately cowardly leader of the Rogues.
Attending a combined gangs meeting 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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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Add this to your "To Buy" List NOW! Feb. 13 2006
Format:DVD
If you have not already heard of this movie, you will want to check it out!
This is the classic of all classics.
The "Gone With The Wind" of Gang movies, and action movies in general! The Special features, the suspense, the drama, and most importantly... the fight scenes!
Two of my favourite quotes come out of this movie, from the clanging of the tins with him calling "Warriors, come out to play! Warriors come out to play! WARRIORS come out to play!!!" So I leave you asking yourself two questions, When will I buy this, and "CAN YOU DIG IT!?!"
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic March 11 2014
By McFly
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
This movie was made in 1979, they made transition scenes using efects as we are reading a comic book, it's amazing.
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This movie just happens to be a classic too bad they had to ruin it with the new directors cut version. The original like this is a classic and now I got it for my friend. Thank you.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The future is ours...if you can count March 17 2011
By Steven Aldersley TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Blu-ray
Directed by Walter Hill
Starring Michael Beck, James Remar, David Patrick Kelly
93 minutes

Video:
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Video resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 1.78:1

Audio:
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
French: Dolby Digital Mono
Spanish: Dolby Digital Mono

Subtitles: English SDH, French, Spanish

The future is ours...if you can count.

I have a small pile of unwatched Blu-rays, but last night I was in the mood for something I already knew. After much deliberation, I went with The Warriors.

I like to analyze why I enjoy certain movies so that I can understand myself more, but this one is tricky.

I know that I don't like watching violence or people getting beaten up, unless there's a point to it. I certainly don't think it's cool to watch a fight or someone being hurt. I have no fascination for gangs in general. The acting isn't up to much and dialogue is limited. I couldn't pick out a selection of scenes that were meaningful or memorable. So why do I enjoy watching this movie?

I do like the setting. Released in 1979, it was intended to have a somewhat futuristic look. It still seems dated to me though.

The first 15 minutes sets up the story so I don't think talking about it is much of a spoiler. The gangs are requested to attend a meeting by Cyrus, the leader of the biggest gang. Those attending are allowed to send nine members from their gang and weapons aren't allowed. Cyrus points out that members from rival gangs are standing together without anyone getting wasted. He also observes that there are 60,000 gang members in New York and only 20,000 police. Instead of fighting over a few yards of turf, the combined force could take over the city.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it Jan. 28 2011
Format:DVD
It's a classic. I felt like I was in the movie when I was watching it. There's a lot of key phases sampled from it that are used today in Hip Hop songs and other media. It's crazy how many gangs there were and the different types. It's a good movie to have in the library. "Warriors come out and playeeeeyaaay" will stick in my mind forever, lol.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Zone FREE - All Zone July 23 2008
Format:Blu-ray
Ce Blu ray a des sous-titres francais une piste audio francais mono et 5.1 Anglais
Il est en zone free...All zone.sur PS3 Europe 40G.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The features made it worth the wait!! Oct. 7 2005
Format:DVD
One of the common complaints about the original dvd release of The Warriors was always about the lack of features, mono sound and the overall presentation of such a cult classic. Paramount obviously listened and convinced Walter Hill to re-visit the film. The results are very nice. Not only, has the picture been remastered (much sharper than the previous) but the audio has been upgraded to DD 5.1 (really nice range from high to low). Four featurettes tell The Warriors story from the beginning to how the film became a surprise success. Too bad they couldn't track a lot more of the cast for interviews but the main ones are there (Swan, Ajax, Mercy and of course, Luther). I'm not going to spoil how the film has been modified but it definitely gives it a different feel and I enjoyed it. I first saw The Warriors when I was 12 and I've watched it numerous times over the years and the film never feels dated because Hill's vision had a very futuristic element to it and it still holds that magic even to this day. Buy it!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars YOU WARRIORS ARE GOOD, REAL GOOD.
In the early 80s when video cassette movies where too expensive to buy, I would rent this movie allmost every month. I think it's safe to say it is now a classic. Read more
Published on Aug. 18 2005
5.0 out of 5 stars They just dont make great movies like this anymore
I'm 23 and just watched this killer movie for the first time last week on TV and I have to say I was glued to the screen until the very end. Read more
Published on July 28 2005 by "cobra-commander"
5.0 out of 5 stars The Lizzie's Are Packin'
Listen boppers, this is a great gang flick that has a small crew chased down by every gang in NYC after they are wrongly accused of killing Cyrus (the local crime boss) at the... Read more
Published on March 8 2005 by Ashley Allinson
5.0 out of 5 stars classic
This film brings back some wicked good memories... I give it 4 stars for content, (music, cast, story) and an extra star for the memories. Read more
Published on July 15 2004 by Lotus Scrum
5.0 out of 5 stars dont miss
One of my favorite films,"the warriors" recalls a more simple time,when gangs were cool and they didnt carry automatic weapons,and they did the fighting with bats and... Read more
Published on July 12 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Warrriorrssss....Come out to playyyyyyyayy
LMAO....This movie owned badly. It came out a long time ago, but I saw it on DVD about a month ago. Gangs from the 70's are sooooooooo much different than gangs today. Read more
Published on July 8 2004 by Brian Araujo
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