The Warriors (1979)
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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.
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.
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.
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This movie ranks #57 in Tim Dirks's 100+ Most Controversial Films of All-Time
This movie ranks #87 in Marshall Julius's Action! The Action Movie A-Z
This movie ranks #143 in Jennifer Eiss's 500 Essential Cult Movies
This movie ranks #956 in The New York Times's Book of Movies
This movie ranks #959 in The Guardian's 1000 Films to See Before You Die
This movie ranks #994 in TSPDT's 1,000 Greatest Films: 1001-2000