Sunday, June 30, 2024

“Warriors” : ‘Come Out To Play-Ee-Yay’

This year director Walter Hill's classic action thriller "The Warriors", based on Sol Yurick's 1965 novel, celebrates its 45th anniversary, following a New York City street gang who must travel 30 miles from the north end of the Bronx to their home turf in Coney Island,  Brooklyn, after they are framed for the murder of a gang leader:

".... 'Cyrus', leader of the 'Gramercy Riffs', the most powerful gang in New York City, requests that each of the city’s gangs send nine unarmed delegates to 'Van Cortlandt Park' for a midnight summit. 

"'The Warriors', a gang from 'Coney Island', attend the summit with nine delegates: leader 'Cleon', second-in-command 'Swan', the scout 'Fox', the graffiti tagger 'Rembrandt' and soldiers 'Snow', 'Cowboy', 'Cochise', 'Vermin' and 'Ajax'. 

"Cyrus proposes to the assembled crowd a citywide truce and alliance that would allow the gangs to control the city together.
Most of the gang members applaud this idea, but 'Luther', the unbalanced and sadistic leader of the 'Rogues', shoots Cyrus dead as police officers arrive to raid the summit. 

"In the ensuing chaos, Luther realizes that one of the Warriors, Fox, appears to suspect him, and makes a false accusation which leads the vengeful Riffs to attack the 'Cleon'. 

"Meanwhile, the other Warriors escape, unaware that they have been implicated in Cyrus's killing. 

"The Riffs put out a hit on the Warriors through a radio DJ. Now Swan, the 'War Chief' takes charge of the group as they try to get home..."

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