January 19, 2001 at 05:00 AM EST

The Warriors

Current Status
In Season
Michael Beck, James Remar
Walter Hill
Action Adventure

A mix of exploitation-flick aesthetics and comic-book storytelling, Walter Hill’s influential urban adventure — it was even name-checked by Wu-Tang Clan — is an oft-unsung example of rousing ’70s filmmaking. It’s a shame, then, that Paramount didn’t see fit to include any insight-providing extras — or at least to keep the film’s fantastic poster art intact on the packaging. The movie itself still holds up, though: After being falsely accused of assassinating a prominent gang leader, the Warriors — a crew of tough but noble street hoods — must make their way from the Bronx to their home turf of Brooklyn before dawn; as they try to clear their name, they’re pursued by outlandishly outfitted rival gangs such as the Baseball Furies (clad in face paint and wielding bats as weapons) and the all-girl group the Lizzies (who resemble a bunch of rock groupies). The wide-screen transfer demonstrates just how effectively Hill and cinematographer Andrew Laszlo effectively portray New York City at night as an unstable wilderness, making the Warriors’ desperate quest for survival all the more palpable. Can you dig it? B

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