A midnight movie staple from my high school years. We knew it was cheesy even back then--a gang on roller skates?--but all the ass-kicking made up for it. To this day I still sometimes say, "Warriors.... come out and play-ayyyyyy!" People over 35 get it, everyone else just looks at me with that same "WTF?" look I get when I mention things like The Hudson Brothers or Far Out Space Nuts or "I beg your pardon, I never promised you a rose garden." I really need to update my cultural references.
Lead Warrior Michael Beck was in Xanadu two years after this.
James Remar has been in lots of things, notably Dexter and Sex And The City.
Deborah van Valkenburgh was in Too Close For Comfort and, recently, The Event.
David Patrick Kelly was in Twin Peaks and turns up frequently in Law & Order episodes.
A more recent pic of Michael Beck and Deborah van Valkenburgh.
I read somewhere that a remake is in the works. Pass.
The original trailer:
The classic scene, which, as you will see in the trivia below, was improvised.
Warriors trivia from IMDb. I can't vouch for its accuracy.
- There were always crowds of spectators during filming, even at 3am in the freezing cold.
- The Homicides were a real Coney Island gang, and they didn't approve of fictional gangs wearing colors on their turf. The wardrobe department made sure nobody walked off location wearing The Warriors colors.
- Crew members were sent death threats because local gangs weren't cast. Thousands of dollars worth of equipment were damaged when one gang tore through the set during a lunch break.
- The Baseball Furies were created due to director Walter Hill's love of baseball and the music group Kiss. All of them were over 30 years old.
- The crew once got urinated upon from a tower block due to the noise they were creating in the night.
- The film trucks were "protected" by a real gang called The Mongrels for $500 a day.
- David Patrick Kelly improvised Luther's "come out to play-ay" taunt, basing it on an intimidating neighbor of his.
- Robert De Niro was asked to be Cowboy, but he passed. Tony Danza was offered the lead, but he chose to film the television series Taxi instead. (Nah, not buying it. -C)
- President Ronald Reagan was a fan of the film, even calling the film's lead actor, Michael Beck, to tell him he had screened it at Camp David and enjoyed it.
- Ajax's line, "I'll shove that bat up your ass and turn you into a Popsicle" is ranked #12 on UGO's Top 50 Tough Guy Lines, and on the top 50 Greatest Baseball Lines Ever.