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The Warriors (1979):

Lite Brite Wonder Wheel flashes as a train pulls into a station. (It could be the inspiration of the music video for “Love Game” or “Hung Up.”) Gangs make their way from each borough to convene with fellow gang members in the city. The train keeps pulling into empty stations with graffiti on every crevice of walls and trains.

Cyrus, the leader of all gangs in New York. roars “can you dig it?” after a rousing speech about power. After Cyrus is shot, one gang in blue, the police, bursts through the scene breaking up the shindig. The guy who really killed Cyrus blames one of The Warriors. The Warriors spend rest of the night trying to get back to Coney Island.

There are exactly four women (A fierce female disc jockey with a glossy dark lip, Candy Store girl, Mercy, the main squeeze Swan tries to resist and a girl who blows her rape whistle when one of The Warriors gives unwanted advances.) in the film until a bad ass gang named The Lizzies come on the scene and get it.

The most memorable quote is from Ajax (James Remar) who says “I’ll shove that bat up your ass and turn you into a Popsicle. “ That’s what you call a Big Stick.

This film is violent with a gritty love story. This film is based off the novel of the same name and is a grown “The Outsiders.” There is a scene where one of the gang members was clinking three glass bottles while saying “Warriors, come out and play.” each “play” becoming more disturbing. It is very similar to what Puff Daddy would say in Craig Mack’s “Flava in Ya Ear” ReMix. Grown men yelling and chasing each other has never been funnier in film.