The Warriors is a pretty hard movie to describe in a way that would do justice to the film. While it wasn’t a big box office hit, it’s become one of the definitive cult films of the 1970s, The Warriors also boasts more than a few memorable quotes, which are sure to put a smile on anyone’s face who’s seen the film.
It’s a dystopian thriller set in New York City about a gang on the run after being framed for the murder of Cyrus, a man who tried to unite all the gangs in New York against the police. The film doesn’t tie itself up in politics, you don’t really know if the police are bad guys or just doing their job. But that’s all part of the fun.
The Warriors is a fast paced film where characters take a back seat to the film’s many action scenes. I don’t even think I remembered any of the character’s names except for Cyrus after I watched it, but that didn’t take away from my enjoyment of it. The film runs barely over ninety minutes, so there wasn’t much time to get caught up in the characters. What they were doing was much more interesting. None of the actors have done much since The Warriors and Dorsey Wright (Hudd from the film adaptation of Hair) was the only one I was familiar with. Maybe the lack of emphasis on the characters was a good thing.
What’s great about The Warriors is that it’s a dystopian film that doesn’t tie itself up in political connotations. It’s an action film and it doesn’t try to be anything else. That’s sadly become a rare thing in film these days.
The Warriors is a great film to watch while having a few beers with your roommates. I’ve never met anyone who didn’t like the film and it’s has a vibe to it that’s not often found in cinema these days. It’s a film that doesn’t require any cultural analysis that you can simply kick back and enjoy. The Warriors rocks because it doesn’t try to be anything more than it is, entertainment.
Can you dig it?