W: David Shaber & Walter Hill [based on the
novel by Sol Yurick]
DP: Andrew Laszlo
Ed: David Holden, Freeman Davies, Billy Weber
& Susan Morse
Mus: Barry de Vorzon
Cos: Bobbie Mannix
Michael Beck (Swan), James Remar (Ajax), Deborah
Van Valkenburgh (Mercy), Brian Tyler (Snow), David Harris (Cochise), Tom McKitterick (Cowboy)
Stylish and seminal cult favourite exploitation
film. Opening with an iconic credit sequence accompanied by a guitar-shredding music theme from Barry de Vorzon.
Adapted from Sol Yurick's novel, the story sees
various groups of gangs from New York City and bordering areas rally, where one of the gang leader's is hoping for unity, but is murdered during his address.
A gang from Coney Island, nicknamed The Warriors,
find themselves blamed for the murder and try to find their way back across the city to their solace by the sea.
A gangland version of American Graffiti, with each
separate gang wearing a costume that has its own bit of personality. Hugely theatrical, with occasional moments of crime and violence, but the principal focus is on style rather than
Director Walter Hill's next film was Southern
Comfort (qv), a variation on the same idea, relocated to the swamps of Louisiana.