“The Warriors”: Can you dig it?! Yes we can

By on July 23, 2015

Can you dig it? Yes we can! Kyle Anderson at the Nerdist has put together a new blog — “Schlock & Awe: THE WARRIORS” — about Walter Hill’s 1979 film The Warriors, one of our favorite cult films, and we just had to share.



The film is based on Sol Yurick’s 1965 novel of the same name, which was based on the most famous book by the Ancient Greek writer and professional soldier Xenophon, Anabasis. Anabasis details the exploits of a group of hired Greek soldiers called the Ten Thousand who commander by Cyrus the Younger to seize the throne of Persia (like ya do). But due to treachery, Cyrus ended up dead and several other generals were killed in the ensuing battle, so Xenophon and the rest of the Ten Thousand had to march across hundreds of miles of foodless desert, with no supplies, fighting the Persians as they went, to try to get back to Greek-held coastal cities. That’s one hell of an adventure, and the book and film The Warriors use that structure to frame their own stories.


At the beginning of the film, nine members of Coney Island’s Warriors gang travel all the way to the Bronx at the behest of Cyrus, the leader of NYC’s largest and most dangerous street gang, the Gramercy Riffs. Nine delegates from all of the city’s gangs come to this meeting. Cyrus tells the assembled group that, with all the members of all the gangs, they outnumber the police by more than three times and if they all work together, they could rule everything in the city from the drug trade to protection rackets to prostitution. Nobody could stop them, not the cops and not the mafia; they’d effectively own this town. While this sounds pretty appetizing to most everyone, Luther (David Patrick Kelly), the leader of the Rogues, causes a fracas and in the ensuing confusion, shoots Cyrus dead, then screams that he saw the Warriors do it. This breaks all amnesty, and the nine Warriors have to try to make it back the 27 miles to Coney before they end up dead.

(h/t The Nerdist)


About Bryan Thomas

Bryan Thomas has been a freelancing writer/critic for All Music Guide, and a contributor to Launch, Music Connection, Big Takeover and numerous other publications and entertainment websites, blogs and zines, most of them long gone. He's written more than sixty sets of liner notes. He’s also worked for over twenty years at mostly reissue record labels -- prior to that he worked in bookstores and record stores, going all the way back to the original vinyl daze. He lives in the Miracle Mile neighborhood of Los Angeles, CA.