Sunday, February 27, 2011

The Warriors (1979)

This 1979 classic film by Walter Hill captured the essence of New York during the late 1970s. Set almost entirely on the New York City subway, The Warriors shows the complete breakdown of authority and the abscence of law and order which characterized New York at the time. The Warriors is the name of a teenage gang from Coney Island, Brooklyn. They travel up to The Bronx to attend a mass meeting of all the teenage gangs of New York. The meeting is convened to plan a revolution and a complete take over of the city. The main leader is gun downed and killed just as the police move in to break up the mass meeting. The Warriors are falsely blamed for the murder. Now The Warriors must travel across the universe of New York (getting from the North Bronx to Coney Island Brooklyn takes 3 hours on a good day) wanted by all the other gangs looking for them, as well as the NYPD, who have orders to arrest all teenagers caught on the streets at night. The Warriors encounter and do battle with all the freaks of New York as they make an epic trek back to their home turf in Coney Island.
The Warriors is packed with action and drama. This is the best New York City subway filmed after The Incident.

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