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“A faggot grandma smiled at me when I was doin' collection yesterday so I WASTED that sucka!”
“You know that fight scene in the bathroom? That shit is fucking off the hizzook!”
“I do hope those nice boys come out to play”
“One of the most innovative documentaries about the teen psyche.”
The Warriors is a cult classic movie based on the novel by Michael Strip.
The story is about a group of Amish gang members who must travel to reach Corney Island, in order to find the Southern mango, so that they can learn where the boundaries of New York are and find a human child who can give Citrus, a dying gang leader, a new name.
However, a mysterious entity known only as the great nothing is trying to get them made and the group must encounter several obstacles along their adventure.
The film is set in 1979, and the Warriors are a fearsome street gang with slightly over 9 members (there are about 18 in total, and 9 appear in the film). Crayon, the leader, tells them through rap that they are invited to a massive meeting of over a thousand gang members. To everyone's astonishment, violence broke out amongst these one thousand rival gangs, and after Cyrus was shot dead, a gang leader called Luther blamed it on Crayon. With Crayon killed by martial arts, the Warriors must go through badarse montages of the gang walking through fog, and reach a warehouse in southern New York City. (In the 70s, skyscrapers hadn't been invented here and so New York looks different).
Along the way, the 7 gang members (there are eight, but Remberandt doesn't fight, he just watches the rest) fight their way across several gang turfs and halfway through the film forget why they're being hunted and learn for the second time that they were framed. Ajax tries to rape a woman and gets arrested, and Fox changes into another actor moments before being thrown before an incoming train. This leaves them on the beach in daytime; Swan asks Luther to "do it ... You and me, one-one-one". Luther, mistaking this for an invitation for sex, accepts, and Swan stabs him in the wrist, revealing this as a distraction. The crew walk home in slow motion in a classic 70s happy ending.
- Crayon: Crayon is the leader of the Warriors. He's tough and smart, but some bullies throw him in a dumpster at the beginning of the movie. The other Warriors escape the bullies by hiding in a toy store.
- Swoon: the hero of the tale, (getting his name from the fcat that women swoon over him) Swoon is an adventurer from a tribe of fighters. His superpowers include super strength and knife-throw-into-your-wrist-ing ability.
- Banjax: Banjax, being the alpha male of the group, is known to interrupt conversations and activities by holding out his large throbbing man-rection and flaying it about getting them into trouble. It has also gotten them out of certain trouble. His superpowers include super-cursing and the ability to quickly get hand-cuffed to a park bench.
- Cochise: well, I've been watching while you’ve been coughing. I’ve been drinking life while you’ve been nauseous. So I drink to health while you kill yourself. And I’ve got just one thing that I can offer. Go on and save yourself and take it out on me. Go on and save yourself and take it out on me, yeah.
- Riff Raff: known as the artist of the gang, and is also the artist formerly known as the Puerto Rican version of almost-forgotten 1970s singer Leo Sayer. Riff Raff is the prepubescant Warrior whose general concern is whether or not his mother is going to kill him for staying up too late. Superpowers include, wetting-the-bed.
- Shermin: Shermin is considered the second least sexy out of the group (the least is unknown) as he has no charisma, charm or sex appeal. However, he is able to make fire just by thinking about it. Super powers include fire-making.
- Pirate: Pirate joined up with the gang when they visited the New York coast. He believes that he lives in the 1400s and always wears a pirate hat. His super powers include a fascination with bacon, and repeatedly tells people to "Come on, bacon!"
- Coke: the gang's drug dealer, he provides them all with "flash". Near the end of the film he suffers a cocaine-related heart attack and gives away the gang's hiding spot while hiding from the MC Moo-Cows.
- Cyrus: played by the currently famous wrestler and then emerging actor The Rock (cast at the time to promote his career), Cyrus is known for his famous catch phrase, "Can you dig what Cyrus is cooking?".
- Merci Beaucoup: a female character, played by a young Bea Arthur who tags along with The Warriors during their travels and who is invisible to all the members except Swoon. Superpowers include inexplicable jacket and large hands.
- Bastian: a little boy with a great imagination who is reading the story of The Warriors' travels from a book. However, young Bastian is slowly finding out that it is more than just a story.
The film caused an uproar, with many movie goers deciding to protest and boycott the screenings of the film as they felt it falsely depicted its setting, New York. A public debate was made between director, Walter Hill, and objector, Philip J. Harvey. The following is an account of what was said:
Philip: "My case is that I feel that this film should not be publicly viewed for it is a false depiction of the American city of Los Angeles."
Walter: "In my defense the film was made as a faggot depiction and therefore your argument should not come into question and there is no point to your case. Plus the film is based in New York."
Philip: "That is exactly my point. How is it meant to depict Los Angeles if it was shot in New York?"
Walter: "It was shot in New York because it is based in New York and has nothing to do Los Angeles."
Philip: ".....exactly, why are you so discriminative towards the people of Los Angeles?"
Walter: "I am not discriminitave. That's just the way the story goes."
Philip: "That's just the way the story goes?"
Walter: "You're just copying what I'm saying."
Philip: "I'm just copying what you're saying."
Walter: "I think that Walter has won the debate."
Philip: "I think that Walter has won th-, fuck."
- Cyrus' Speech: "Can you count, of the suckers? I say that the future is with us… if you can count. To look at now, which we have here before us. We have Bacon Buddies resting beside the boys of street of Jones. We have the moon runners, right-hand side beside the forest guards of courtland. Nobody wastes anybody. It is a miracle. And miracles is the things in manner must be. You are held in this moment with 9 delegated of 100 troops. And there is hundred more. They is 20 thousand hard members of core! 40,000 subsidiary companies of account, and 20,000 either not organized, but prepare to fight. 60,000 soldiers. Now there is not but 20,000 police forces in all the city. Can you dig it? Can you dig it? EXCAVATE ITTT OF CAAAANNN YOUUUU! Here now the total of nap. A troop could run this city. A troop nothing would move, without us enabling him to occur. To impose the trade unions of crime, the police force, because we have the street, of the suckers! EXCAVATE ITTT OF CAAAANNN YOUUUU! The problem in the past, was the man turning us against another! We could not say the truth, because we had fought for 10 square feet of the ground. Our grass. Our small piece of grass. They is brothers of shit! The grass is with us by right-hand side, because they is our limits. Very that we must make is to maintain the truce general. We succeed a city at the same time. To fix our territoty. To fix our grass. Since it is grass of ourrrrr of allllll"
- Swoon: "Did you hear that? They shut down the main reactor. We'll be destroyed for sure. This is madness."
- Banjax: "Hey look, mister - we serve hard drinks in here for men who want to get drunk fast, and we don't need any characters around to give the joint "atmosphere". Is that clear, or do I have to slip you my left for a convincer?"
- Cleon: "I like children."
-Riff Raff: "For breakfast?"
- Shermin: "Dude, I know they were just kids, but we kicked their fucking pube-less asses."
edit Film Trivia
- Due to his disappointment of the adaptation of his novel, Michael Strip asked not to be credited and that he be paid twice as much. Instead, he got a credit that filled the entire screen and showed for the full two hours of the film. He also had his pay cut in half causing him only to receive 50 cents for the rights.
- A week before the first day of shooting, Sol Yurick (Swoon) was involved in a car crash and broke his left leg in three places, his right leg in five places, fractured all his toes, suffered a massive concussion causing problems in his equilibrium, lost three fingers, developed paranoia and cracked five ribs. Because of this incident it was written into the script that his character "walked a little funny".
- Due to its low budget, the film had to be shot entirely in the director's back garden. Fortunately, his back garden turned out to be New York.
- Currently being portrayed by a group of Clondalkin youths
edit The Cartoon Series
As a tie in with the movie, a cartoon series called "The Adventures of The Warriors" was aired by Nickelodeon for two seasons. The cartoon included the voices of some of the original actors and was a lighter version in which The Warriors were a group of five who solved crimes by breakdancing. At the end of every episode Swoon would dispense some sage advice. The theme tune was written and performed by Huey Lewis and The News.
edit Where are they now?
- Sol Yurick (Swoon): after The Warriors, Sol continued his acting career playing smaller parts in TV shows after which he moved on to become an author. Unfortunately, because his book is a retelling of the greek Anabasis, Yurick was sued for plagiarism by Zeus himself.
- Terry S. Chocolate-Orange (Shermin): gave up acting to become the host of the quiz show, Who Wants To Be A Millionaire. While working there, he slowly became Chris Tarrant.
- David Harris (Cochise): due to a case of serious method acting, David Harris still believes he is in the story of the film. No one has had the heart to tell him the truth. To this day he can be found walking through the streets of New York muttering parts of the dialogue from the film to himself .
- Klaus Metternick (Cowboy): who?
- Kelly Patrick David Patrick Kelly (Loser): ever since the Warriors, he has continuously played lamer and lamer characters. Second, Arnie promised to kill him last but he lied.