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WARRIORS, THE
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WARRIORS, THE

I imagine audiences in 1979 finding the gang depictions in this near-future apocalyptic New York City every bit as preposterous as we do today.  Yet despite what was surely the prevailing sentiment that this film can’t age well, audiences of every subsequent generation have found THE WARRIORS to be one of the most undeniably addictive movies of all time. Why do I include this in my desert island essential favorites? Barry Vorzon’s electrifying synth theme song (that still sends shivers down my spine every time I hear it); a lean, classical “hero’s journey” storyline; a villain you want to hate; antiheroes you want to be, an army of criminals who live life by an impressively rigid moral code; a phenomenal “gathering of tribes” opening sequence; the second best DJ in film history (sorry, Supersoul from VANISHING POINT still wins) and the transformation of three beer bottles into menace incarnate are just a few of the reasons THE WARRIORS stands (and will continue to stand) the test of time. (Tim League)

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