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As you'll see, the filming locations used by the production team often don't . It is just around the corner from where The Warriors meet The Orphans and is right. The Warriors is a crime/action movie, directed by Walter Hill and based on the Harmless Villain: The Orphans weren't even invited to the meeting in the . but they don't seem the least bit suspicious when this female gang they meet on. Profiles on key members of The Warriors cast including profiles of the the big meeting and Cyrus' plan with them on the way back to Coney Island. Fox backs up Swan in the parlé with The Orphans by keeping cool and thinking on his feet.
As you can see, the shops and restaurants along the front have changed somewhat over the years but it is still very much recognisable. So, moving on to the real first scene of the movie, we see The Wonder Wheel. I visited during the summer so was able to go for a ride! We are also treated to various scenes of different gangs making their way through various subway stations on their way to the conclave.
Whilst the talking head shots were filmed under the platform in Coney Island, it is difficult to work out exactly where all the shots of the gangs were filmed. I suspect most of these were filmed at Union Square and Hoyt-Schermerhorn where other subway shots were filmed. Some of the details on the subway walls and ceiling in these scenes also indicate that this was likely the case. Cyrus was set up in the centre of the oval whilst a fence ran along the back blocking the view of what is now a dinosaur playground.
Here it is in the daytime with no gangs. The arches and railings are instantly recognisable. Here is a shot of some of the gangs against one of the curved walls in the park. Here is how it looks today. Here is another closeup of some of the gangs in front of the archways. After Cyrus gets shot, the cops arrive at the gates to the park off of Riverside Drive.
These may even be the original gates. Meanwhile a bunch of cops also show up at the main gates off of West 96th Street which lead on to the top of the park above the arches. You can still see the distinctive top to these gates in the image below. As the gangs start to flee the scene, we see this shot from the side of the park.
It looks like the original lampposts are still used to this day. Some gang members, including an Electric Eliminator, climb up some scaffolding in front of the arches. The Warriors then fight their way through the fence behind Cyrus and run past the ramp behind the park. It is absent from the park today. As you enter the cemetery from Bushwick Avenue, follow the main road straight, ignoring the turnings to the left and right, and these graves appear on the left, not far from the entrance.
Fox finds his way through these gravestones. As you can see these were real graves and not movie props. Rembrandt climbs up a statue to look for the subway. The statue is still there although it looks a bit more weathered now than it did in the movie as you might expect. The statue is located very close the gravestones above and can easily be spotted. The film and its source material are notable for being very loosely based on Xenophon 's Anabasis. Because the film was about street gangs, when it was shown in theatres, it often attracted members of actual street gangs.
A number of theatres had extra security on hand after several riots broke out with rival gangs in some cities most notably, Los Angeles where it was shown. Ironically enough, there were no reported riots involving the film in New York City. More than twenty-five years after the film's release, it was used as the basis for a video game that is generally considered a spectacular aversion of The Problem with Licensed Games.
A comic miniseries, The Warriors: Jailbreak, was published in Taking place after the events of the film, it deals with the gang breaking Ajax out of jail. Come out to Plaaaay! Action Film, Quiet Drama Scene: Mercy spills an account of her woeful life to Swan while the two are wandering through an empty subway tunnel.
The titular Warriors are much less violent than their Dominator counterparts, who kill a random civilian for looking at them funny before gang-raping Mercy on his freshly dead body. The Warriors were called the Dominators in the original book, but the name change avoids a potential All There in the Script: The second-in-command of the Riffs who takes over when Cyrus is killed is named Masai.
This name is not used in the film, however it does appear in the credits. According to the movie's source script, the full name of "The Warriors" gang was actually "The Coney Island Warriors".
The main gang in this film, it was not the name of the main gang in Sol Yurick's source novel where the main gang was called "The Dominators" aka "The Coney Island Dominators". The element the two gangs had in common was the they were both from Coney Island. Mercy looks and sounds Puerto Ricanbut the movie never makes this clear. Van Valkenburgh was reportedly surprised when she was cast in the film, assuming that the producers wanted the character to be played by "some blonde".
The Lizzies are hinted at being a lesbian gang, due to two members who are seen dancing with each other during the party scene. Their name might be a play on "lezzies", a reference to Lizzie Borden, or maybe even both.
Rembrandt, a young and fairly meek twink who was recruited to be the gang's "artist", is completely immune to the Lizzie's seductions and even seems repulsed and disgusted by his friends attraction to themthough it could just be his cautious nature.
The heroes of the film are a street gang, who probably do some pretty lousy things when they're not running for their lives. We sympathize with them because they're honorable and unjustly accused. Ajax may not even qualify as an Anti-Herogiven that he stops to essentially rape a woman for the heck of it and is promptly arrested Anyone Can Die: Out of the nine Warriors at the start of the film, only six of them make it to the end. Cleon is implied to be killed by the Riffs, Fox is run over by a train, and Ajax gets arrested.
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Ajax's threat to one of the Baseball Furies: I'll shove that bat up your ass and turn you into a popsicle! Luther, and, to a lesser extent, Ajax. Pound-for-pound, they prove to be one of the toughest gangs in NYC. Nine guys, outnumbered a thousand to one, are chased from Van Cortland to Coney Island.
And they do it Crazy Awesome style.The Warriors vs NYPD
You Warriors are good. The Baseball Furies use bats as their signature weapon. The Warriors pick up a few of their bats during their rumble. New York City's rather fantastical underworld is the setting and subject.
Luther, Cyrus's true killer. The Big Rotten Apple: New York at night is dominated by violent warring gangs and the police. Black Dude Dies First: Cleon, the black Decoy Protagonistdies first to make room for the real hero of the film, Swan whose name even reflects his whiteness.
New York City is apparently a warzone of brightly-clad boppers out for blood. A minor street gang so low on the pecking order they didn't even know about Cyrus' event. The entire gang can't even handle eight Warriors walking through their turf. Chairman of the Brawl: Used in the skirmish with the Lizzies. The Warriors in general qualify, particularly Rembrandt, who uses his spraypaint as mace in the bathroom fight.
One of the most-quoted scenes of the film is Luther calling out the Warriors to "come out to play" while clinking beer bottles together. This was mostly improvised by the actor. He originally wanted two dead pigeons, but beer bottles are easier to get. Comically Missing the Point: Mercy, apparently leaving her self-described colorful past behind to ally with the Warriors, balks at entering the site of their last subway battle.
Both for Dynamite Entertainment. This seems to be Swan's preferred style of combat. Nearly every single attack he does in the movie is either a counter to someone else attacking him, or disarming a foe.
The Warriors, having reached home and had their name cleared, play on the beach while the sun rises during the credits. Cleon's equivalent in the novel, Papa Arnold, gets separated from the others in the gang meeting and is not heard from again. At the end, it turns out he survived and made it back to Coney Island on his own. While not killed, Ajax is arrested when he gets rough with a woman he's trying to pick up.
Three of the Warriors are seduced and then ambushed by the Lizzies, but they all manage to escape. Originally Vermin was supposed to get killed by the Lizzies, but this was changed when the filmmakers were forced to kill Fox instead due to his actor's departure. The DJ qualifies throughout, but especially at the end: I guess the only thing we can do is play you a song.
Cyrus' grand alliance of gangs falls apart the second he gets shot, as the cops close in and the gang members scatter to save themselves. Cleon, the gang's leader, is the first to go. The focus then shifts on Swan, the former second-in-command.
In the book, the main protagonist is Hinton, the gang's graffiti artist. His equivalent in the movie, Rembrndt, is a secondary character. Luther, the leader of the Rogues, in spades. He violates the truce and snipes from ambush In the Back to kill Cyrus, then frames the Warriors. He is the only male gang member to use a gun in a fight. And his meltdown when the Riffs show up and reveal they know what he did is classic see below.
The Orphans are an entire gang of them who immediately scatter and flee as soon as something looks too hard. Distracted by the Sexy: This also seems to be the Lizzies' tactic of choice. The movie is anything but.
However, in the book, Hinton, the Dominator's artist, goes home, finds his baby sister neglected because his mother is having sex with some stranger. After feeding her, he goes to the fire escape and sobs, falling asleep on the escape while thumbsucking. Dropped a Bridge on Him: The character was originally written as the love interest for Mercy, but the actors did not get along.
Swan was rewritten as the Love Interest and Fox gets hit by a subway train halfway through the film. The actor had already quit by the time his death scene was filmed, hence the Fake Shemp. Ajax is only interested in the two Fs. The Baseball Furies paint their faces similar to mimes and never speak. There's also the Hi-Hats, who wear more traditional mime attire and are seen in the background of the gang conference.
All we see of the DJ is her mouth next to the microphone. Waites had already walked off of the production by the time his character Fox is thrown in front of a subway train. Since this film is very close to Urban Fantasy as others have noted, it's as realistic a portrayal of NYC street gangs as West Side Storyit's played with in an odd way. On the way to the conclave, while the truce is on, it makes sense that none of the gangs would pack heat. Afterwards, though, especially with the bounty the Riffs put on the Warriors, it seems odd that no gang uses guns at all, except the Lizzies and Luther.
The best explanation seems to be it goes against a code of honor for all the male gang members, but women are given a pass. The Warriors fight every gang they come across because they've been framed for murder and refuse to take off their colors when entering rival gangs' territory. Ajax sports a pair, almost certainly to cushion his knuckles.
Luther kills Cyrus and blames it on the Warriors. When asked why, he responds, "No reason. I just like doing things like that. New York's streets are apparently ruled by these. Each gang has a theme, which carries into their dress and behavior. The Orphans dress shabbily and are total wimps. The Turnbull ACs are a large gang of skinheads. The Baseball Furies never speak, wear facepaint and baseball uniforms, and wield baseball bats.
The Lizzies are all female. The Hi-Hats seen briefly in the opening and given a bigger part in the game dress like street mimes. The Warriors themselves wear red leather vests and Native American accessories. Needless to say, the New York underworld comes across as very surreal. In any case, this movie is definitely one of the Trope Codifiers. Nearly every character that isn't a cop is a gangbanger.
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One of The Punks is notably taller than anyone else in the film. The book that ultimately inspired The Movie was published inand in various ways The Warriors is a s film made about a decade too late.
The youthful impulse of the various gangs to seize control of their collective destiny, as well as their naive belief that they can affect sweeping social change through their sheer numbers alone, reflects many of the famous factions of The '60sfrom the Berkeley Free Speech Movement to the various antiwar movements to Black Power.
By the time the movie was actually made, American street gangs had generally moved away from political activism and were more concerned with exploiting the then-burgeoning market in illegal drugs. Despite what the film seems to imply, they had started openly using guns by this point. The clause could have been avoided by making the film a period piece, but then Walter Hill would probably not have been able to introduce the various fantastical elements that ultimately define the film.
The DJ, in Deadpan Snarker mode. A Handful for an Eye: During the fight with the Punks, Rembrandt sprays paint into the eyes of one his attackers.
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The Orphans weren't even invited to the meeting in the park and lamely try to intimidate the Warriors with newspaper clippings detailing their misdeeds, all while holding weapons like belts and straight razors. Swan's showdown with Luther is a shot-for-shot reference to a scene from Yojimbo. In all fairness, the 's-vintage Cadillac hearse driven by the Rogues is pretty cool, but how they obtained it — never mind how they learned to drive it — is a mystery.
Characters are occasionally seen whacking each other with objects they grab in the middle of a fight. Just before the final showdown, several Warriors rip off a piece of metal or wood from the alley they're standing in. Few guns and blades are actually seen in the movie.