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The Warriors
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11.08.2007 By: Sturdy
The Warriors order
Director:
Walter Hill

Actors:
Michael Beck
James Remar
Dorsey Wright

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
A local gang is accused of killing the leader of all gangs and must find their way home. Unfortunately, the cops and every other gang in the state wants them dead. Luckily, they know how to ďbopĒ their way past their opposition.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
I had always heard references to the WARRIORS, but I never knew or understood what they meant. It never looked like a film that would be even moderately enjoyable. Finally, after watching it for the first time, I can understand why it has such a loyal cult following. I wouldnít go as far as saying itís a good film, but at least I can understand why people enjoy it.

What I really enjoyed was the comic-book way of cutting to different scenes. I thought that was very original and stylish and worked really well. Iím surprised recent directors havenít hacked that from the movie for one of todayís comic movies. I also liked the simplicity of the film. It had its basic characters and didnít overload the audience with stories or characters that were pointless. Overall, the director did a good job keeping his focus and telling his story.

Of course, the movie does have its problems. For starters, itís seriously dated. You can tell from the very beginning that this movie was made in the 70ís. I also thought there were far too many gangs. I think it wouldíve worked better having 10 or so gangs, that way we wouldnít be left in the end wondering what happened to the rest of them. The acting also left a lot to be desired, but that may have more to do with the script than with the performances. There was very little emotion in the film, but it worked for the story that was being told.

However, despite all the cheese, the worst part of the film was the fight choreography. For a movie about gangs that like to ďbopĒ, they didnít put much effort into making sure they knew how to throw a punch. One of the problems is that the actors looked like they belonged on a Broadway chorus line rather than in a street gang. Oh well, I guess things were different in the 70ís. Itís ok, ďI can dig it.Ē
THE EXTRAS
Introduction by Walter Hill (1:18): He seems apologetic for even releasing this version, but I canít address that because I didnít see the other. I know the comic cut-scenes were new, and that was one of the things I really liked about the film. Oh well, this is worth a watch to get a little of his views on the film.

The Warriors: The Beginning (14:07): This was pretty good and gives a lot of good insight into what they went through to make the film. It seems studios were just as annoying back then as they are now.

The Battleground (15:24): This was pretty similar to the other featurette, but goes into more depth on the actual shooting of the film. I liked it and enjoyed hearing people talk about their experiences.

The Way Home (18:07): This pretty much focuses on the different gangs and then gives some insight into one of the most popular lines. I wouldíve liked more of an explanation as to why there were so many gangs, but this was interesting enough.

The Phenomenon (15:23): If you hadnít heard about the film before now, then take a gander at this featurette. It covers how popular THE WARRIORS has become in pop culture. This is a really neat featurette, although Iím sure itís less than complete.

There are also some Previews and Promotional material
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
Itís not a great movie, but I think every movie buff should watch it. Itís cheesy, but probably not as cheesy as you think it is. I think at the end of the film, youíll find yourself surprised by how much fun you had.
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