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Walter Hill's hip, super-stylized action film unfurls in a dystopian near-future, when various gangs control New York City. Each gang sports a unique moniker ('The Warriors,' 'The Baseball Furies,' 'The Rogues'), with a costume underscoring its "theme"; each, in turn, is also responsible for one geographic area. Hill sets up the landscape as a massive, violent playground - replete with bridges, vacant subway tunnels, parks, abandoned buildings and the like, all ripe for exploration and adventure. As the tale opens, the titular Coney Island has traveled to… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 94%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Walter Hill's vibrant 1979 adaptation of Sol Yurick's 1965 novel - based loosely on an ancient Greek story called "Anabasis" - is a classic cinematic record of New York City circa 1979."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"One of the best gangster pictures of all time."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"The only trouble is that I half expected them to break out into song and dance any minute a la West Side Story."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"See it once, and you'll want to see it again."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"The movie can also be enjoyed, and enjoyed thoroughly, as a mean, dirty piece of pulp mythology."
‑ M.E. Russell, Oregonian
"Cartoonishly violent, insanely moody and pointless."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"The Warriors Rule! One of the best action-thrillers of the 70s!"
‑ Clint Morris, Brag Magazine
"OK, it's not Greek tragedy, but it is based (loosely) on Xenophon, so there."
‑ Thomas Delapa, Boulder Weekly
"Tight, terse and tough. The great Walter Hill once again proves he has few equals when staging intense confrontations."
‑ Chuck O'Leary,
"Once-notorious gang movie, now a delightfully retro experience"
‑ James Sanford, Kalamazoo Gazette
"A cult film that deserves its reputation."
‑ Michael W. Phillips, Jr., Goatdog's Movies
"Yeah, it's really good."
‑ Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central
"Visually stunning and emotionally gripping, THE WARRIORS is a classic that, after a quarter-century, has finally recieved the loving finishing touches that it so rightly deserves"
‑ Brian Mckay,
"Just what is the fanboys' beef with the new DVD "Director's Cut" of The Warriors, anyway?"
‑ Eric Henderson, Slant Magazine
"A campy treat for anyone who wants to "come out and play-ay!""
‑ Rob Thomas, Capital Times (Madison, WI)
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