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“I’ll shove that bat up your ass and turn you into a Popsicle.”
The Warriors! Can you dig it?
Indeed we can.
Based on Sol Yurick’s book, which drew inspiration from Anabasis by Zenophon, a pupil of Socrates, Walter Hill’s cult classic is one long chase from the top to the bottom of the New York City subway system.
At a gang conclave in the Bronx, gangsters from all of the New York City boroughs gather to talk strategy.
Cyrus, the de facto uber boss, addresses the thousands in attendance with one of the great speeches in all of moviemaking, including “Can you count, suckers? I say, the future is ours!” And he’d be forgiven for thinking that too. This depiction of NYC features barely any cops, and gangs are running roughshod over the entire population.
When Cyrus is assassinated, rivals claim it was the Warriors, a multi-racial crew from Coney Island, Brooklyn. Of course, our heroes had nothing to do with it, but that doesn’t matter as every other gang in the city thinks it’s true. The Warriors then have to “bop” their way back to Coney Island, their home-base. And they do this on the New York City MTA.
With tonnes of excitement, crazy rival gangs, fisticuffs aplenty, it’s no wonder we LOVE The Warriors.
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