“The Warriors;” “Can…You…Dig It?!”

In my twisted little mind, I got Halloween, current sporting events, and the 1979 cult movie “The Warriors” all mixed up, and began thinking, wouldn’t it be interesting if The World Series was played by teams like the film’s The Baseball Furies? The game would never go nine innings, however, as the teams would just pound each other senseless with baseball bats. It wouldn’t last long, but you’d get your afternoon or evening back…

Now why, you might ask, are we posting about a movie that’s over 40 years old? Simply because the movie remains a kick after all those years, and there’s nothing else quite like it. Besides, it’s fun, and the characters depicted in the movie are too cartoonish to be menacing. Even Ronald Reagan was reputed to have enjoyed this film!

Originally criticized as promoting gang violence, the gangs depicted are too cartoonish to be taken seriously, each with a distinctive look that essentially includes a gang uniform. Have you ever seen a roller-skating gang that wears bib overalls? Well, they’re in here, haunting the subways as “The Punks.”

While there was never a sequel to The Warriors, the film did inspire some video games and comics. So the Warriors did come out to “play-yay.”

So many iconic scenes in The Warriors epic battles to traverse the distance between The Bronx and Coney Island! But it’s probably good that a sequel wasn’t made. The original cast in recreating their subway ride had all grown rather long in the tooth, and I thank them for putting on shirts under their vests now. But I also thank them for this “guilty pleasure”movie fave of mine. So yes, “I…can…DIG IT!” And I’m still digging The Warriors… 🦊

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4 Comments on ““The Warriors;” “Can…You…Dig It?!””

  1. carycomic Says:

    Another reason you should dig it is the presence of actor Thomas G. Waites* as the Warrior called Fox. No doubt due to his sly sense of diplomacy when negotiating with rival gangs (like the low-ranking Orphans)!

    *initially billed as “Tom Waites” till some kind of behind-the-scenes dispute got his name removed from the cast credits during post-production. He can also be seen in John Carpenter’s 1982 remake of “The Thing (From Another World)” as well as the Al Pacino legal drama “…And Justice For All.”

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    • vulpesffb Says:

      In my fantasies, “The Warriors” encounter another gang called “The Furries.” Here’s dialogue within this group…

      Rat: “These Warriors are heavy operators! How do we deal with them?”
      Fox: “I say we challenge them to a dance battle!”
      Rat: “You gotta be kidding me!”
      Fox: “Haven’t you seen ‘West Side Story?’ Besides, who’s the Warlord here?!”

      (“The Warriors” are freaked out by some serious dance moves, and flee the encounter…)

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