The Warriors

A film for teenagers of all ages, Walter Hill’s popcorn classic translates a literal Greek classic (Xenophon’s Anabasis) into an urban action- adventure yarn about the titular mismatched New York street gang (led by a sullen Michael Beck) battling their way from the Bronx back to Coney Island through the turfs of a series of absurdly overbranded rivals. Silly, maybe, but the trademark verve of Hill’s direction helps The Warriors endure. It’s a miracle there’s any Big Apple left after David Patrick Kelly’s scenery- gobbling villainous turn. -LG

1979 Walter Hill 1.85:1 Color DCP 92 min.