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Year
1979
Runtime
92 min.
Director
Walter Hill
Genres
Action, Thriller
Rating *
7.7
Votes *
59,546
Checks
9,741
Favs
870
Dislikes
53
Favs/checks
8.9% (1:11)
Favs/dislikes
16:1
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  1. Kublai Khan's avatar

    Kublai Khan

    This is such a weird/cool curiosity. The plot is single-line simple, the hero characters are pretty one-dimensional and make horrible decisions, and the artistic choices are bizarre.

    But it works.

    It just captures that "it" factor. It's just perfectly filmed in a way that a group of super-serious gang members in facepaint are treated seriously in a way that doesn't come off as ridiculous. Instead it's just an ethereal sort of night where yeah, things like that happen. Deal with it and move on.

    I do wonder how much better it would be without the romantic subplot and the "we're different than rich kids" soft messaging.
    4 years 2 months ago
  2. Zeltaebar's avatar

    Zeltaebar

    A well-crafted piece of moviemaking with great sound, atmosphere, cinematography, costume design and surprisingly well acted by a group of unknowns. I really liked the artistic comic book-style transitions and the raw energy in the fight scenes. In some ways a time capsule of New York at a time when it was ravaged by street gangs and crime, but in other ways it creates a universe all its own. 5 years 5 months ago
  3. Unit 731's avatar

    Unit 731

    I liked it. Exciting atmosphere filled with 1970's allusions.

    Occasionally goofy and over-the-top, at points you can almost expect it to burst into a full-blown musical with the cast dancing and singing, but it was entertaining nonetheless. Even the bad acting kinda fit the movie.
    5 years 11 months ago
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