Run time: 92 mins
Urban tribalism reigns supreme in Walter Hill’s spectacular seventies cult classic.
In the (then) near future, a charismatic leader summons the street gangs of New York City in a bid to take it over. When he is killed, The Warriors are falsely blamed and now must fight their way home to Coney Island while every other gang hunts them down.
A somewhat real-time thriller, all the action takes place in one night. Neon, graffiti and the dingy grey of subway trains decorate every corner of the dank city streets that bristle with the possibility of violence. From the threats of all-girl punk outfit the Lizzies to the bat-wielding Baseball Furies, there’s not a single moment of peace for the suffering street pack. We experience the frantic race home first hand, accompanied by an unseen DJ who narrates the film over antagonistic music and cryptic bulletins to other gangs waiting to strike the Warriors down.
From the off, it’s is a vicious, rousing piece of pulp entertainment with twists and turns that make it one of the most timeless action films of the 20th century. (Chris Coetsee)