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The Warriors (1979)

The Warriors (1979)

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BACK IN THE DAY |2/9/79| The movie, The Warriors, was released in theaters.

BACK IN THE DAY |2/9/79| The movie, The Warriors, was released in theaters.

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Can You Dig It??? The Warriors 35th Anniversary Mix
Today marks 35 years since the cult classic The Warriors dropped in theaters. This was one of the first movies shot depicting a close description of what gang life was in New York City in the mid to late 70’s. The movie which was picked up by Paramount Pictures and was actually a never suppose to happen. Lawrence Gordon (Producer) and Walter Hill (Director), had a western movie in the works and when it failed to go into production they pitched The Warriors script. Being a huge fan of comic books, Hill had plans to break the movie into chapters with illustrated pages opening each scene. Due to a tight schedule and even tighter budget that idea was shelved and later released on the Ultimate Directors Cut in 2005.
The entire movie was filmed on location in the streets of New York City with some interior scenes done at Astoria Studios. They would shoot from sundown to sunrise. While they shot in the Bronx, people tossed bricks at the crew. Actor Joel Weiss remembers the filming of his scene at Avenue A being canceled because there was a double homicide closeby. For the big meeting with Cyrus at the beginning of the film, Hill wanted real gang members in the scene with off duty police officers also in the crowd so that there would be no trouble. 
The Warriors opened on February 9, 1979 in 670 theaters without advance screenings or a decent promotional campaign and grossed USD $3.5 million on its opening weekend. The following weekend the film was linked to sporadic outbreaks of vandalism and three killings - two in Southern California and one in Boston - involving moviegoers on their way to or from showings. In its sixth week, The Warriors had grossed $16.4 million, well above its estimated $6–7 million budget.
Sol Yurick, whose book was the inspiration for the film expressed his disappointment speculating that it scared some people because “it appeals to the fear of a demonic uprising by lumpen youth”, appealing to many teenagers because it “hits a series of collective fantasies”. 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.  
The Warriors video game, based on the movie, was released by Rockstar Games on October 17, 2005. Levels 1 through 13 acts as a prequel to the film, creating backstory and elaborating on the characters from the film. Levels 14 through 18 recreates much of the film’s events. Several of the actors from the movie returned to perform the voices for their original characters. Also In 2005, Mezco Toyz released Warriors action figures, including Swan, Cleon, Cochise, Ajax, Luther, and a Baseball Fury.
 In 2009, Dabel Brothers Productions began a five issue comic book adaption of the film and then followed that with a four issue mini series entitled The Warriors: Jail Break which takes place several months after the film’s events.
If you are a cult movie follower or just the everyday movie goer, this flick is a must see masterpiece that captured the feelings of rebellion in NYC during the early days of the drug era. 
Tracklisting:
1. The Warriors Theme Song
Produced by: Barry De Vorzon
Year: 1979
2. King Just - Warriors Drum
Produced by: RNS
Year: 1994
3. Royce The 5’9” - The Warriors feat Slaughterhouse and Melanie Rutherford
Produced By: Streetrunner
Year: 2009
4. Lloyd Banks - Warrior 
Produced by: Thayod Ausar
Year: 2004
5. M.O.P. - Warriorz
Produced by: Mahogany
Year: 2000
6. Ky-Mani Marley - Warriors
Produced by: N/A
Year: 2000
7. Nas -  Warrior Song feat Alicia Keys
Produced by: Alicia Keys
Year: 2002
8. Lloyd Banks - Warrior pt. 2 feat. Eminem, 50 Cent, and Nate Dogg
Produced by: Eminem
Year: 2004
9. Dead Prez - Walk Like A Warrior feat. Krazie Bone
Produced by: Stic.Man
Year: 2004
10. Marlene Johnson - We Are Warrior feat. Marlon B.
Produced by: N/A
Year: 2005

Can You Dig It??? The Warriors 35th Anniversary Mix

Today marks 35 years since the cult classic The Warriors dropped in theaters. This was one of the first movies shot depicting a close description of what gang life was in New York City in the mid to late 70’s. The movie which was picked up by Paramount Pictures and was actually a never suppose to happen. Lawrence Gordon (Producer) and Walter Hill (Director), had a western movie in the works and when it failed to go into production they pitched The Warriors script. Being a huge fan of comic books, Hill had plans to break the movie into chapters with illustrated pages opening each scene. Due to a tight schedule and even tighter budget that idea was shelved and later released on the Ultimate Directors Cut in 2005.

The entire movie was filmed on location in the streets of New York City with some interior scenes done at Astoria Studios. They would shoot from sundown to sunrise. While they shot in the Bronx, people tossed bricks at the crew. Actor Joel Weiss remembers the filming of his scene at Avenue A being canceled because there was a double homicide closeby. For the big meeting with Cyrus at the beginning of the film, Hill wanted real gang members in the scene with off duty police officers also in the crowd so that there would be no trouble. 

The Warriors opened on February 9, 1979 in 670 theaters without advance screenings or a decent promotional campaign and grossed USD $3.5 million on its opening weekend. The following weekend the film was linked to sporadic outbreaks of vandalism and three killings - two in Southern California and one in Boston - involving moviegoers on their way to or from showings. In its sixth week, The Warriors had grossed $16.4 million, well above its estimated $6–7 million budget.

Sol Yurick, whose book was the inspiration for the film expressed his disappointment speculating that it scared some people because “it appeals to the fear of a demonic uprising by lumpen youth”, appealing to many teenagers because it “hits a series of collective fantasies”. 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.  

The Warriors video game, based on the movie, was released by Rockstar Games on October 17, 2005. Levels 1 through 13 acts as a prequel to the film, creating backstory and elaborating on the characters from the film. Levels 14 through 18 recreates much of the film’s events. Several of the actors from the movie returned to perform the voices for their original characters. Also In 2005, Mezco Toyz released Warriors action figures, including Swan, Cleon, Cochise, Ajax, Luther, and a Baseball Fury.

 In 2009, Dabel Brothers Productions began a five issue comic book adaption of the film and then followed that with a four issue mini series entitled The Warriors: Jail Break which takes place several months after the film’s events.

If you are a cult movie follower or just the everyday movie goer, this flick is a must see masterpiece that captured the feelings of rebellion in NYC during the early days of the drug era. 

Tracklisting:

1. The Warriors Theme Song

Produced by: Barry De Vorzon

Year: 1979

2. King Just - Warriors Drum

Produced by: RNS

Year: 1994

3. Royce The 5’9” - The Warriors feat Slaughterhouse and Melanie Rutherford

Produced By: Streetrunner

Year: 2009

4. Lloyd Banks - Warrior 

Produced by: Thayod Ausar

Year: 2004

5. M.O.P. - Warriorz

Produced by: Mahogany

Year: 2000

6. Ky-Mani Marley - Warriors

Produced by: N/A

Year: 2000

7. Nas -  Warrior Song feat Alicia Keys

Produced by: Alicia Keys

Year: 2002

8. Lloyd Banks - Warrior pt. 2 feat. Eminem, 50 Cent, and Nate Dogg

Produced by: Eminem

Year: 2004

9. Dead Prez - Walk Like A Warrior feat. Krazie Bone

Produced by: Stic.Man

Year: 2004

10. Marlene Johnson - We Are Warrior feat. Marlon B.

Produced by: N/A

Year: 2005