The Warriors (1979)
The Warriors is our #tbt classic movie for today.
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Today’s feature was so feared that theaters actually pulled the movie in certain cities.
From 1979, it’s “The Warriors.” starring Michael Beck, James Remar, David Patrick Kelly and very young versions of Mercedes Ruehl and Robert Townsend… can you dig it!
If you grew up in the 70’s, you know what a classic, cult movie this was. There was nothing else like it. Released in 1979, the movie was directed by Walter Hill.
The story was based on a novel written in 1965 by Sol Yurick which was based on Xenophon’s Anabasis.
The story centers on a New York City gang who must make an urban journey of 30 miles (48 km), from the north end of The Bronx to their home turf in Coney Island in southern Brooklyn, after they are framed for the murder of a the charismatic and respected gang leader Cyrus played by Bronx born actor Roger Hill. It was released in the United States on February 9, 1979.
After reports of vandalism and violence, Paramount temporarily halted their advertising campaign and released theater owners from their obligation to show the film. Despite its initially negative reception,
The movie was budgeted at four million dollars and brought in over twenty two and a half million dollars. The film also spun off video games and a comic book series.