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Rockstar puts the the cult classic in context...
Rockstar Games is soon to publish the videogames adaptation of The Warriors, a cult film from the 1970s. In this first feature, they put the movie into its cultural context.
THE WARRIORS: CULTURAL ICON
For true fans, The Warriors is more than just a cool movie. Since its theatrical release in 1979, Walter Hillâ??s NYC gang epic has made an indelible mark on contemporary urban culture. Not just another teen movie, for those lucky enough to see The Warriors in the theatre it marked a moment of uncertainty and fear at the end of 70s. By 1979, New York, along with most large US inner cities, were considered lawless, urban wastelands ruled by gangs and wasted youth.
Long considered a cult classic, The Warriors is actively championed by cinema purists and guys who love movies. Shot entirely on location on the streets of New York, the cinematography masterfully captured the concrete jungle of the neighborhoods of New York from its deserted alleyways, wide streets and grimy subways. From John Woo to Quentin Tarantino, directors praise The Warriors as a quintessential New York film. It is rumored that for years Eddie Vedder had Lutherâ??s classic â??Waaarrriors, come out to plaaaayâ?¦â? line on his answering machine for years. From Shaquille Oâ??Neal to the Method Man, The Warriors is the movie for guys who love movies.
The central themes of the The Warriors like loyalty, trust and surviving on the streets have permeated all areas of pop culture from movies, music, fashion, art, and, now, video games.
THE WARRIORS: FILM
â??It debuted at number one quite unexpectedly. It came out of nowhere and all the kids went to see it.â? - Walter Hill
War looms over New York City when â??The Warriorsâ? are wrongly accused of killing Cyrus, leader of the Riffs, the biggest gang in New York.
In order to survive, the Warriors must make their way from the Bronx back home to Coney Island. Between them and safety are 20 miles and 60,000 gang members. The streets are owned by these armies of the night and thereâ??s no turning back - the Warriors must fight for their lives as danger lurks around every corner.
Its initial 1979 theatrical release, The Warriors has spawned legions of fans and decades of imitators. The Warriors became a wildfire word-of-mouth success among a young crowd and debuted at number one at the box office. Hundreds of screaming kids attended the matinee premier in Times Square. Within five years, fans were dressing up like characters from the movie and lining up for midnight movie screenings of The Warriors in Paris.
â??[The Warriors] set a template for a certain kind of action picture â?“ the characters express themselves through movement rather than through dialogueâ?¦there was a kind of exhilaration in watching as Walter hill and these actors just sort of expanded on the American action archetype. Because you have to remember, action heroes in those days werenâ??t kidsâ?¦ John Wayne was still grinding out moviesâ?¦ it was probably a fairly subversive movie for a major movie studioâ?¦pretty exciting stuff.â? - Elvis Mitchell (on The Warriors)
Countless showings on cable and years of word-of-mouth rentals has earned The Warriors a lasting place in the history of American cinema and pop culture exposing an entire generation to NYC gang life.
We'll have more on The Warriors from Rockstar Games shortly...