The Warriors: A Silent Phenomenon

I’m a big fan of old movies. From Casablanca to Scarface, The Godfather to The Lord of the Rings, yes, I treasure all these productions. Not because of their success in box offices, but because they will always remain points of reference in the history of filmmaking.

Sometimes it so happens I stumble upon strange references to productions I haven’t even heard of. The Warriors, for instance. It took me a while to convince myself it is worth watching, but as soon as mentions started to pile up, I decided it is a must-see.

So, OK, the movie is out there for more than 3 decades. I won’t talk about the plot – because everybody knows it, after all. Instead, I will reveal the references that determined me to watch the movie.

The Warriors has the force of a true pop phenomenon. Its references in music are numerous. Lines or resembling scenes appear in hits by D12, Wu Tang Clan, Tupac Shakur and plenty others. And, yes, I quote these artists because I love the genre, not because they are the only ones who found their inspiration in The Warriors.

Amazingly enough, the movie has already registered one remake: The Purifiers (issued in 2004) which did not make it as honorably in box offices, as the original did back in the late 1970s.

The 2013 Vamp Bikers and the 2012 Lost in Coney Island are also connected to The Warriors: the cast of the latter is featured in both films, showing how close-knit they were and remained decades after the first hit.

Scrubs, The Simpsons, Entourage and South Park pay homage to The Warriors, clipping lines and shots first featured in the late ‘70s production. These are not mere similarities, but admitted imports from an earlier masterpiece.

Getting back to the big screen, Grosse Pointe Blank and Doomsday seem to have found a source of inspiration in The Warriors, replicating to the letter various scenes (Minnie Driver from the profile while on the microphone, and the buss being overrun by cannibals, respectively).

All these made me wonder, and I’m not even counting the game made after it. This is a heartfelt recommendation you can follow if you want to actually understand why it worked as an inspiration for so many following productions.

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