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''THE WARRIORS "


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SWAN..... AJAX..-... FOX...,... CLEON..... SNOW.... cocErsE. COWBOY.... REI,IBRANDT. VERMIN.. MERCY..,....
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TIiE STORY

i-ca tio n )

The place ovrns the come leve1 to leather

is

New York city. at night. wearinq

A large

subculture every hats

of

gangs in-

streets

There are gangs of everything from top

race'

anal sex, jackets. the

and tails

one gang, natic karate city easity gether leader

Gramelcy

Riffs, his

is

headed by cyrus, a tightty-knit all of the

a chariscrew of

who has nolded

men into to rmite

experts.

He has a plan

gangs in

the

and make up an a]:my that take over the reins of

\tould

be 100,000 the city'

sLrong

and could to-

po$/er in nine

He cal1s from evety

a qiant sent

conclave to hear

where his

unarme'l

envoys

giang are

P1an. are a bit wary of Lhe idea' long but

The Coney Islancl neveretheless, to the Bronx: cteon. si/an. military nine

Warriors men ale

chosen to make the

subway trip

The leaaler. The war Chief. tactician. The artist.

Tough. Ouiet, laconic by naLure' a natulal

Renbrandt. Cochise. Vermin. The Fox. anywhere . Cowboy. snowball' lra rr ior.

Ouick-vtitted' fighter' but he's

emotional

'

A rough and ready lle complains snal1. a lotr

a good soldier' alv,tays there ' can clinb

kinetic.

He noves silently'

Ah,Tays vrears a sLeLsonTall and lean, speaks. t}Ie face

Litie.

quick'

amiable ' a Masai

anal body of

He rarelY

Ajax, \tith nore

His attitude than

is

cantankerous, of cruelty. they

at best.

Rebellious

an overtone the

As they thousand hundreds a high ectric the

rouod

corner,

are rnet by the the mult.itude of

sight colors a.circle

of

a of the

gang nenbers, of gangs that

dresseal in

t-hey represent. from

Ranged in

arounal the E1-

platforrn

are representatives the Firetasters, tlle Zodiacs, gives this.

the Blackjacks. the

Eliminators, A.C.ts,

the Moonrunners, anil a hundreal other

Saracens, It's pride

Tulnbull

q:angs.

an altesome pa4orama that that they are part of all

the Warriors

a spine-tingling

Cyrus appears izing that voice rlngs

anal the murmuting out. His call is

quickly

ends as his anal conquer

hypnotforces

to unite met with rings

the

have kept. hin Bul: before

oppressed

wild out

cheers. anil Cyrus crashes

he can finish,

a shot

off

the platforn.

He has been killed. killer, In Luther of the set Rogues, but Luther

The Fox has seen the has spotteal anal the away into the

Fox as rvell. of a sLrong Lutler, to

Lhe panic of

oFf by the murcler the Fox slips himself who killed

arrival the

contingent acting that

police,

crowal. begins

quickly it of

to protect

from aletecLion, Cyrus. Almost

shout

1,ras the !{arriors the Riffs fall

inmediately, death. out to

rne bers

upon Cleon

and bludqeon The irord the Warriors

hirn to is given

all

the crime.

gangs of

the

city the

that danqret

must them,

pay for the eight

their

Unaware of plunge into the perilous

surroundinq anal soon find rival home . qangs

Warriors with

the night police, journey

themselves anal the

faced

battling on the

venomous Luther

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PRODTTCTION NOTES

In preparing play

hig

novel

"The warriors," Hill of is

on which based,

the

screenstudied gangs

by David Shaber and walter from an historical through type of all of

Sol yurick that

gang life

point

view history

and found in every

have existed unaler every La!/rence

recoraled

country

regime. of "Ihe Warriors,', to depict the film presenteal any realis to of caprure a of 1oy_

Gorilon I s production is not

by Paramount Pictures, life t}'e gang or flavor of actual i,/hat it

an attempt The aim of meant into

incident. has always of

to be a nenber battle together.

gang--the aLty, of

tribal support

feeling

going goals.

and shared

Producet

Goralon anal director have the the

Eill

set

out

to create

a fight the off filn in

gang which woulil all in the other order

audiences' city,

s]4npathy as they

gangs in

They cast of

newcomers in people

to maintain situations.

the

look

and feel

real

caught was

dangerous perfect rehearsal.

The chemistry

among the Warriors into felt

and they

quickly time

began to develop filni4g beqan, all

a gang during like partners in

By the

an adventure Most of make the

together. "The Warriors', \aras shot outdoots at all the of night. of the And. filring at parks to

sequences

as realistic City.

as possible, with

r4ras flone in Coney Island,

Ne\^' York "fhe

Beginning. covers

boardwalks streets/

Warriors" from

a myriad to Brooktyn

and subway stations Ihere noise

Manhattan shooting

anal Oueens. ratn, no way to Hill was

were many proble:ns from passing the trains

on location--crowals, there is

and airplanes--but of the streets

duplicate

excitenent

on a movie set.

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anxious niqht,

to

capture

tie often

tension

of

the

qang neighborhoods scene.

at

and reality watliors

intruded

upon the the

one shot bewas interrupted in on a

tvreen the by a real robbery

anal a gang ca1led chase

orphans

siren-screaming car. were also nervous to visit

as the

trtolice

closeal

Ttlere in tie city

nroments whenever the the movie site.

any of

the

ganqs vrere get a

decided

Though there crevr began to

always feeling

armeal guarals nearby, of

Production crossed part of into the

alanger !,/henever they most. the touqhest straiqht

a new nturf." filming was the Ihe anal lrDch-

But,

for

demandingr schedule--60 crew haal to ing together adjust

days of t}Ie work

night

shooting. I p.m.

to beginning

day at

at midnight. shooting Even at was 1o\,7-keyetl' 3 a.m. with but the nothing can keep droppinq Everythe

The location New Yorkers into the away.

temperature spectators. ltany sought

'50's,

tiere

were always

croltals of

one was very opportunity scene, the shot. they i,onal skul1s joint, place over

cooperacave to work 1,000 Drive in

and enthusiastic. the movie. For tfie

opening

conclave them came from was actually or "colors"' fictshaved

extras Park thei! to fact,

were neealed, anal many of neiqhborhood oern highly where the

Riverside

rally

Dlesseal in

originat

costunes

added enormously gaflgland. In

the other-worldty when the tattoos Turnbull inLo

mooal of Hill's A.C.'s a local with

and pencilled-in the regular

\'.alked

hafiiburger tieir

crowal inmediately

poureal out, g:anq' of New York lent

fearing

had been throughout

invaaleal by a savage shooting, and the the City

a helping

hand. helpful.

The police

Transit

Authority trains

wele particularly vrhich

They provided

stations,

anal personnel

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were absolutely marked, "I've

essential

to the film.

As one of the cast reand I'a[ never It aLso

Li.ved in New York all

of tny 1ife, this

been on a subway as muqh as I was for seefileal to be a treat scheduleal trains Idere part for the real their

novie.,'

passengers

on the regu1ar1y they

to look out

ldindows and reafize

of a novie

being made. ',The Warriors', shareal a kind on the streets exhilaration of tie cast and crew felt

By the end of

filning,

as though they had actually Iiving and working their feel together

of gang experience, of New york. and fears warriors' Itte antl tension-

movie captures nakes auiliences filled night

excitementf

very much a part

on the run.

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NTHE WARRIORSN TTIE CAST

MICHAEL BECK (Svran) lvas raiseal

on a farm

a1on9 the

banks

of the Mississippi football Central wartling forming scholarship,

River.

He attended Miltsap

Cotlege on a at the

then lrent to London to study Findinq

School of Speech anil Drafia. training in various ground for repertory his craft,

England a rethere, BBC Ile per-

he renained

companies and in several is Beck's fourth feature.

productions.

"fhe Warriors"

was most recently

seen in NBC-TVis "Holocaust. "

JAMES REMAR (Ajax)

dropped

out

of

his

Boston

high

school

at 15 to travel

arormtl the corntry school,

with

a rock band.

He rei

turneal hone to finish lte studietl productions and toured

tlten migrated

south to New York.

at the Nej-ghborhood Pfayhouse and has appearetl in at the Ensenble Studio in the national Theatre, the WPA Theatre

conpanl/ of

"Grease."

THOMASWAITES (Fox)

is

a graaluate

of

the

Drana

Divisi-on

of

the Juilliartl having

School of l4usic. in

" lfhe Warriors" antl "Pity

is his the Poor

third

film,

appeareil

"On tl|e Yard"

Soldier." Formtlation Charleston

Waites'

stage work incluales appearances at the O'NeiIl Connecticut, the Spoletto Festival in

in Waterford, antl Baltimorers

Center Stage.

DORSEY WRIGITT (Cleon)

was born in Philadelphia at Pratt hstitute

antl raisetl to stualy

in New York City.

He enrolleal

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scenic

alesign,

One day, The actor

he was askeil to never returned

stand

in

for

an actor acting film ',Hair,'

$Iho was sick. career and is

and Dorseyrs in the

has flourished currently

ever

since. in

He appeared !everal

a disc

jockey

New york

clubs.

BRIAN TYLER (Snow) makes his "The Warriors." which re turn acting is part of He is the

professionat

acting

debut

in

a rnefiiber of American for the

Cornjnunity Theatre. Brian plans upon to

Theatre

Forgotten. before

to school

to study

enqineering

he settles

as a long-term

careel.

DAVID HARRIS (Cochise) Minneapolis has alreaaly graduating work include

flew

in

to in

join

"Ihe

Warriors"

ftom

where he was appearing haal a vely from the active career

"streamerg," in stage

The young nan since stage

anal television Arts. His of

{:he American

Academy of

Dramatic

New York Shakespeare

Festival

production

"Wedding Banal," Ron Milnerrs Broaale/ay anil the Service." Horton Phoenix

"What the Wine Sellers Conpany production.

Buy" on !'secret "Judge

Repertory in

On TV. he appeared scottsboro

the enmy Award-winning

and the

Boys', as well

as on ',Madigan" and

"Roj ak. "

IOM !4CKITTERICK (Cowboy) in the suburbs of Ne\4ryork.

was born After

in

Clevel-and a B.A.

anal raiseal from Anfierst

receiving

College, worked York,

he hitch-hiked on the San Carlos

around Apache

the U.S.

and Europe anil t]ten Returning to New

Reservation.

Torn internittently

workeal as a Settfement

House volunteer

and taxi appeared peare

tlriver at

while

studyibg

actinq

ancl siriginq. the

He has Shakesas playing

Cafe La Uama, Actors and HB Plal'wrights role in NBC-fV's

Stutlio,

New York as wetl

Festival

Foundation

a continuing

'tFor Richer,

For Poorer."

It

is

fittinq
the school Club

that
graffiti of Art

painter
artist

44BCELIIO sANcllEz shoultl


of t}1e Warriors. to s tudy being Theatre actor

play

Rernbtandt, the the Eigh Drana

Ile attended but to joinetl acting

and Design his 13th

painting, diverteal and later recently

and fountl the

attention Street

instead. at the

He joinetl HB Studio. for several

stutlied torEeal

The Puerto months in

Rico-born "Hair."

Spaifl

With boy he's him. then

a slight portraying

grin, in

TERRY I{ICHOS (Verrnin) n'-fhe Warriors" he spent was starveil is his

adrnits

that

the to

somewhat youth

familiar

Born in turnecl to

Poughkeepsie, acting. to take. "f

pLaying

football, vas

emotionalty,

so it

a natural unleashing American City

course

I hatl so many suppresseal me great Art joy.i Michos

emotions, the

them brought Academy of

attendetl in

Dramatic

and appeared

"The Nei,r York

Street

Show" and "crease."

DEBORAHVAN VAIKENBURGH (Mercy)

favorably

compares "Eair. to the "

shooting

"fhe Warriors" "There's

to her stint feel

in the Broaalnray hit


fihen T got

a tribal

about both.

set,

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felt. last

I'tl

known everyone

for

years

though I tlidn't in upstate a part

know their

nanes."

Deborah was raised

New York but has of it. she atvarious

been in the city tended the Pratt

long enough to feel Institute in Brooklyn from acting f,ove.

and has studied

aspects of eotertainment ltith

to puppet proaluctaon

Jem Hensen anal Rermit

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TIIE NOVEL SoL YURICK d].al extensive research for 'rThe Warriors" which

iras first

published

in 1965,

He iliscovereil

that

gangs have that five though

ahrays existetl. gangs fought

In the 14th century. troops

t-here are recorals for that

the Enperor's Yurick

in Constantinople by the fact

days antl nights.

was fascinated

qovernments have been able

to stamp out. political

movements, exist

they have not been able to wipe out gangs. in Russia antl China. Yurick their interviewecl

Many still

nany New Yolk gang members andl observedl sone gang's histories stretch

activities.

He found that

back several ethnic

g:enerations.

There are gangs in Ner,r YOrk Of every small other to several novels hunilreal he[ibers.

type ranqing

from very three

Yurick of short 'and

has published stories:

and a soLtection

"Fertig,"

,,The Bag,"

"Someone Just Like you', he has nrritten for

"An Island

Death.I'

A Guggenheim Fellow, in various

nany major iEgazines "Ttre Warriors" current lrith

and tauqht

universities.

nri1l be published of the fi1n.

as a De1l paperback con-

the release

T'IIE DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY

Director television s6ow to

of

Photography

ANDREW LASZIOTS career fron the original phil Farrah but

in

filrl

and TV

spans 25 years, "somebody Rilled on locations enjoyed something filning exciting

Sil-vers

Her Husbanal'i with all over

Fawcett-Majors. admits he

He has worked particularly "There city is is

the world, in

"The Vlarriors" about shooting

New York City. ttre entire

here.

a back 1ot. " was born in Hungary, emigrating \dhere he workeal as an apprento the the United States i-n 1947.

Laszlo tice

cameraman before as a combat proiluction. fhey Raided '44,"

Ite serveil television "The Night cat.'f Behind

cameraman in Itis

Army before list of

entering includes pussy-

extensive

credits

Minsky's," "lhieves"

"popi,',

',The Or^'I and the

"C1ass of Closed

anal. on television,

',Washington

Doors'r anal "The Dain Curse." two tetms as Governor of The National lives Academy

He has of lelevision rvith

serveal Arts his

and Sciences. and four

He currently

on Long

fsland

wife

cflildren.

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THE E)GCUTTVE PRODUCER "Ihe Warriors" is FRANK MARSHALL'S second stint with

proalucer Lawrence cordon and director as associate proalucet on their

Walter

liil1

as he serveal

production

of ',The Driver."

He was also associate Miller," include

proilucer on ',paper Moon,', ',Daisy Other credits

"At Long Last Lovei' and "Nickelodeon. " "The Last Waltz."

"The Thief ltho Came to Dinner." and

"The Last Picture Orson wellesr

Shord, " "Whatrs Up, Doc?." ',Iargets"

forthconing

"The Other side of the Wind." anal arranger, Marshall recoral aI-

Son of a renowneal jazz guitarist has also bums. shaped musical acts

anal produced several

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THE PRODUCER "The Warriors" production Eill. set, across banner is I s sixth LARRY GORDON third with his filn under his Walter on the theatres many olrn

anal his

writer-director nigrhtly in appearance

While three

coralon was naking filns

of his

were pfaying

over

2,500 ipvie have that

America. in

Even sone major one sunlner. films \rere "Hooper"

studios

ilo not

protluctions

Ttre three Reynolds Isabelle

and " Ttle End" starring Bruce the

Burt

and 'rThe Driver'r Adjani.

\^rith Ryan O'Neal, produced

Dern anal lasL tr^7o simthe the day loca-

Gordon personalfy feat in today's

ultaneously, he was on the tion nights shooting in

a rare set of of

Holllzwood.

During

"The End";

at night. filned

he moveal to for

"The Driver"

which

47 consecutive

Los Angeles. in Belzoni, University, for ltississippi, then Larry Gordon was at

Born anal raiseal graduated the

from Tulane of His

attended before

law school gravitating

University

Mississippi first

one year

to Holtl4,rood. Aaron spelling

association "Burke's

lras with

television

proalucer fron of

on the

Law" series, ploclucer spelling

graduating and a writer

$50-a-i,7eek "gofer" rnultiple episodes

to an associate on the various

shor,ts. Talent of

Gordon joined Development,

ABC felevision the network Pictures

as heaal of West Coast to become a Vice Television), including

leaving

President

Screen Gerns (now Colunbia on t'he development of

where he workeal "Brian's Songi," Dee criti-

nen projects, starring

an ABC-TV l'lovie-of-the-Week williarns which became one of productions

James Caan and Bill-y and nost

the highest-rated on television. President

cally-acclained Ite Jeft

Screen cems to become vice

in

Charqe of

-19-

Wor1d'ride Among his servetl 'rrarrlc. After

Proaluction successes

for

American-International "Dillinger"

Pictures. (on which feature he also "Heavy

at AIP were Producer)

as Executive _ three

anal the

animateal

years, first

coralon resigmed proiluction HiIl for

frorn AIP to

for.n his

own company. and directed Charles this filn

His

was "I{ard Timesrr written Pictures. Martin. Thunder" It starreil

by Walter

Colunbia

Bronson, with

Janes Coburn and Strother the controversial "Rolling

He followed starring

Willian

Devane and folnmy Lee Jones. has always had faith in the writer this as the by giving Hill Ile also their creative two with gave

Gorilon force rvriters in

movie-making. their first

He alemonsLrateal opport\rnities with to

direct--Walter

"Haral Times" Milius

and John l4ilius Huyck

"Ditlinger." craffiti")

and Willard

( "American

first

screenwritinq

assi gnnents.

_20_ THE DIRECTOR


When WAI,TERHILI, read So1 Yurickrs he thought aloesn't it. it. would make a fine he felt motion novel picture, "The Warriors," but because it

have star

roles,

no one woulal take successful

a chance on

fhat

was before Larry the

he began his I,[t]en Walter their

teafin4rork with book, tarry and

proilucer also

C,oralon. idea,

gave hitn the faith in

loved

and v7ith

the material to the

each other, scleen. Hilf first. starreil thriller. of a couple

they were able

to bring

"The warriors"

nade his

name in

Hol1lz\rood as a screenwriter. Roberi: Culp and Bill on the traditional

In his Cosby detecti-ve tale

script, in

"Hickey a nihilistic

and Boggs," variation

Then catne "The cetaway, " a qriminal on the run from ttre law. of rrith Starring

protagonist

Steve Mcoueen "Ihe cet$50

and Alj-

Maccraw

unaler the

direction hit,

Satn peckinpah, a net of

awayrr became a huge connercial nillion Man," at the box-office. HilI

alnost

also starring

wrote paul

" Ttle Mackintosh Newrnan and Dominique Ryarl O,NeaI

directed

by John Huston. fhief BisEet. starring

Sanala, and "Ihe and Jacqueline "Itard r^'as his ft

Who Came to

Dinner,,'

starring

Times,"

Charles effort

Bronson (also

anil Janes Coburn, on'n screenplay) as he, turned too. out to , was

first

directorial cordon in his

from his first

was Larry out,

who qave him that own production film

break It

starting be a very and with which

company, both

good move as the the critics. wrote

was a hit to

at the box-office ',The Driver,"

They continued and directed.

tearn with

HilL

again

-2L_

IIe rdas born in Long Beach, California. student, he studied art and literature while

As a university residing in

I4exico City. riors" enjoying at night \ras his

The suwtler spent in New York fifuning longest

"The War-

stay on the East Coast, but he aalJniLs of shooting constant in the streets flow arlal subways

the challenge naking

use of that

of enerqy which

Nev York generates.

t*

Gulf+Western Company

OPENING ANNOTINCEMENT

LAWRENCE GORDON'SPRODUCTTON OI "THE WARRIORS' wILt oPEN...........AT THE.............THAATRE a Lawrence Gordon ProdTheatre. with The fitm of

Paramount Picturesr uction, is will

"The Warriors,r'

open ... . . .. . . at the action aalventure

......... story

a contenporary street

a background

Ne\rrYork with

gangs anal is by David

baseal on t}Ie novel Hit1.

by Sol Yurick

screenplay Directed

Shaber and Walter

by Walter

HilI

and produceal by Lawrence Goralon proalucer, "The Watriors'r actual it is

witl not

Frank Marshall an attenpt the to

as executive depict is to

any real-life capture the

gang or ftavor

incident. has alof

The aim of ways neant 9oin9 goals, into

filrn

of what

to be a neniber of battle together,

a gang--the of loyalty,

tribal of

feeting

support

anal shareal

Newcomers were cast look lhe and feel strong of real

in

the

film

in in

oraler to naintain

the

people

caught

ilang.erous situations. Michael Beck, James

cast

includes

Ihomas Waites, Marcelino

RefiErf

Deborah Van Valkenburgh, Brian Ke1ly, Tylerr

Sanchez, Terry

David Harris, Michos, Thigpen. And, to

Tom McKitterick, David Patrick Most of

Dorsey Wright,

Roger I{i11,

Ed Sewer and tynne outdoors

"The Warriors"

was shot

at night. a1t of

make the sequences as realistic was cione in Coney Island, New York City. "'ihe Warriors"

as possible, with

the filmjng at parks

Beginning covers

the boardwalks streets,

a myriad of to Brooklyn

and subway stations

from Manhattan

anal Oueens.

-2-

"The warriorsn marks waLter Hill's au.recting stint


ancl - rne L,raver. _

thirtl

straiqht

wriLing/

for Lawrence cordoD. preceded by "Hard Tines"


Hilt's writing credits also include "Hickey

and Boggs," " ltre Getaway" and rtThe Thief Who Cane to Dinner." Andrew Laszlo riors."
Lravtd

vas the director

of photography

for

"The Warwas

Ttre musis is by Barry Devorzorl, and the editor


tlorden.

--REPRINTED

BY PERMISSION OF DAVID BARTHOLOMEW,

FILM BULLETIN

FILMMAKERS TO U\IQUE

BRING

IITHE WARRIORS "

DRAMATIC SCRXEN LIFE

Larry together

Gordon, t\^'o of

since

beconing

an inclependent

proalucer,

put films:

last

yearrs both filn for

most successful starring. since AIP. Filn Bulletin, Burt

and popular Reyno1ds. dolin as vice

"The Endrr anal "Hooper,rr I^iarriors" is his sixth

,'The president

stepping

of Worldwide

Production interview

In a recent how the us, basis studio major all film

with

cordon

explaineal for

cane about.

rrrThe warriorsr I had read years in

was a tough haul novel,

the way through. for our filn, several

So1 yurick,s f never it

the

ago, but it,

thoug.ht any no We

lrou1d be inLerested star ro1es.

doing

since tie

involved scene.

Then Paramount cane onto deal, of

agreeal on a developnent the sible Eisner screenplay. A lot

and David Shaber went to work on for rnaking the Chairman) us on it. ,'We are taking an film pos-

tfie credit

must 90 to Barry (President) for

Ditler taking further not

(Paramountrs a chance vrith on the fi1m.

and i{ichael

Gordon elaborated R-ratingr the is on this film to

because of true to

the violence the It,s story street the

so nuch as anal characters taIk, filrn, plain it has

lalguage, necessarily

which rough

remain

and authentic. Hill

and sirnple. a kind of

Ihe way Walter pop-gun but violence.

has directed

There are many action neeil to

situations of

and fights,

we donrt

show anal alon't

sho\,/ a 1ot

blood. describe like

This it

rnovie is was the

basically

an adventure

film.

I take

to

difference

between war rnovies and a picture which was an adventute film set

rThe cuns of

Navarone,'

against

a backgrounal of

the war." third his straight naiden writing/directing the steeper with

"The Warriors" stint hit last for cordon.

marks Hill,s beginninq with with

effort,

"Hard Times," yearrs

Charles

Bronson, that, credits

and continuing HiIl are

"The Driver." Among his

Before writing

\,ias a successful ,,Hickey and Boggs.il Hitl also

screen\,/rlter,

rrThe cetaway, " and ,'The Thief spoke with "Larry to direct. ested ical in Filn really Bulletin only about

Who Came to Dinner.,, "The [Iarriors.', script

gave me Shaber,s i,ras sol_id, story,

as a possibility inter_

The screenplay other ideas in the

but

f began to get in its

particularly

atlegor_ of it.

aspects. is

I eventually a bit

\dounal up re-writing than the fitn

a lot in its that

The novel of the

more realj-stic

poltrait realism

gang subculture. qang mainly you,ll

We essentially as a convention that the filn

converted to telt

anal useal the kind r,iithin EilI shoot. of story. its

a different up and works

find

sets

own fantasy continued. ,'ft

worlal. " was a horrenalously completely tough movie co in the slreers are

We did

it

almost of

on location.

and sub,lvay stations nearly impossible

Manhattan

and Brooklyn.

Anal those

situations

to control. \arant it at night,

We also

had \reather

problerns--rain And, the of course, cast

when we dialnrt v/e shot only

and none when we did. which is very haral on

anal crew. " filning seeras to hold a fascination for Hrtt.

Night-time

-3-

"Well, look

I am very altogether Tt's

strongly different all in

attracted anil take

to it.

you know,

things

on different. or It's the lack quite of

connotations it, and the

at night. artificial to control, through

the light,

lightinq anal our

you can use. cinematographer, Ihe night you simply

a touqh challenge cane of alramatic

Andrew Laszlo, sorts the

bril1iantly. t}lat of

opens up a1l don't

possibilities A native enjoyed Warriors" every

have during Hill

day," thaL he "The woral on a

Long Beach, of

California,

clailos in

rninute

filning, experience

and living, wit_h both. bizarre. you,ll find came to lt

New york. ,'The best operates

was his

first

I can use to describe baroque sensibility

the that I

filnr think

is

is

unique."

Executive with a varied

producer

Frank Marshall

,'The lrtarriors,' of peter Bog-

backgrounal.

He has worked movies

on nost

alanovich's

films

and on other

as different still with

as "The Last "The Marshalt "

Wa1tz" and Orson Welles, Other Side of the Wind." many of tound

legendary

but

unconpleted Gordon,

In coordination the line to talk choles with shoot

\{ounal up handlinq Marshall the filming. ultimately also

on "fhe Filn the

}laffiots.

time

Bulletin fifm it in

about

,ParamounL wanteal to \iras a wise alecision

New york,

which

although

poseal severe about

problems. the

The Transit however

Authority they

had a few reservations

screenplay,

eventually use real

gave us invaluable including They on

cooperation, the one at also

aIlowing 96th Street

us to

subway stations,

and the huge Union Square complex. during entire niqhts. uninterrupteal, We useal real

alloweal us to

filrn

moving trains. locations,

r,rhich hadnrt rare did

been alone before. buitd one set

although

at the Astoria

Studios

on Long Island, p1ace. a real We built

the nenrs it

room where a large-scale simply shoot claims, out

battLe

takes find

reluctantly

because we couldn,t in comfortably. ',ii/as the the call, "

menrs roon

1ar9e enough to " Marshall

"Our first problera being to-\^rall talent nith pool

problen,

casting,

the

tttal: as soon as rve put highly capable

we were walla trenendous responded In fact,

younq actors.

Ihere's cast that

in

New York. guidance

We chose a solid with good ensefillle playing

under Walterrs by the filn's

playing.

end., the actors sorts.rl

the [{arriors

had really

become a gang of Marshall June 26th. atternpting But we did Walter

pauseal a moment, then We tried not to publicize

continued. the

.We sLarted

on

sflooting of

too much, control. Larry,

to keep a lorv profile, unavoidably aqreed at run the into outset

for

reason

street

some real no! to

ganq problens. use real about with us.

and I

gang menrbers they came t{e

as extras. around. Iearned those

But when the

woral got of

arounal

Anal we had a couple very quickty that

tight

spots fool

them.

you donrt

arounal too rnuch with

quvs. "

EXCITING

YOIING CAST STAYS IN

TOP SHAPE

TO BRING ''THE WARRIORS" TO SCREEN L]FE

At the ft in to

the

completion

of

Paramount Pictures' together are for

,rThe tr{arriors," one year later.

cast

made a vow to get

a reunion

nay never far-flung alenonstrate

cone to oass as all locations the with their that

Likely

to be quite but it

busy serves

actinq

careers,

conraalerie

developed

among the

young

actors. The cast HiIl that producer Larry 1ittle Gordon and director filrn experience Walte" in general . in other Because to-

assernbled \,ras one with almost all

Although nedia, they gether group all

had varied was the project easily as in

acting film

backgrounds for nany.

"The Warriors" came into into a unit this

debut

as equals.

they

blended

quite Just alt

and remaineal a tightly-knit the movie. for of they developed than the dn

throughout. of

philosophy ensedble, Part of naking in

one for

and all

one.

Rather

they \dere really of the reason for

a "gang" this If vas any of

actors. requirehents

the physical t]re cast certainly

'rThe Warriors.i'

members \derenit were by the pursued they have for by

good shape when filming they were finished, of terrifying of runninq,

began,

they

time

As the Warriors gangs throughout aod several

are being the novie,

a myriad

to do a fot each of

takes

were required

the many chase scenes.

As Matcelino ttiis is

Sanchez saial at a motion picture

one point:

"Sometimes I wonder if rr had to do a 1ot of why it

or a narathon.

The men afso and fighting.

ju]llpinq,

hurdling, for

leaping

Thatrs

\,/as necessary

them to alo wafin-up

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exercises

before

the start

of filning

so that

they wouldn't

hurt

themselves by pulling wanted their nuscles

an rmstretched

muscle or tr,ro.

They also

to be ',pumped-up', so that. they would look on screen. of old. James Remar played "Ajax," he was the strong man of the I come across as I think and

as tough as possible like the creek warrior "IIm certainly

group:

no Steve Reeves, but I think I enjoyed playing ,Ajax,

as a nan of some strength. actions often

do speak much better


"Swan," tie

than words.,'
War tord of the qanq who One of

!4ichael

Beck plays

takes tbe reins

of por^rerafter

their

leaaler is killed.

the rnost experienceil of the group. having appeared in televisionrs life "Holocaust" for one. Michael was in many ways tle as r,'ell. His enthusiasm for hoir tired everyone r1tas, il in the morning, real

leader of the actors

scene was infectious Uichael was willing so erere they.


Michael, pace for "but

anal no matter to run all-out know if

at four o'clock like

"I don,t
I always

I felt

a leaaler,', says

do everything

10OB and that. does set a

everyone

el-se. " Hill took a great deal of t'ime with for his they actinq like it

Director actors, were all job," was. that but

Walter he never

treated ,'fhis

them as beginners, my first never

which

grateful. Brian

was really "but Walter

professional

roted

lyler, of

maile ne feel

He gave me a 1ot wasn't in

confidence script."

and even gave my dialogue Terry "In Michos also benthe I was 1:o

the original

efitted

from Walterrs 'Vennin' part

qeneros_ity: gets killed,

the original Walter tiked

scrapr. what I get

guy I portray, doing stay nith until the the

but

and changed things the picture.

around

so that

end of

I o\de lrly tife

to Walter

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Deborah Van Valkenburgh before the caireras until

didnrt

make her

first

appearance but she a to feelguys. I

alnost riqht

a month into from the

filning,

haal a Warriorrs week of nights

dedication on the

start

anal spent in oraler

set before

she vJas calledl "There's close

get herself ing about

attuned. this film,

to night

shooting. felt

a tribal the

and I reatly

to all set

Even if belonged "Ihe real the

I wasnrt with

needeal, I wanted actors." attempt the

to be on the

because

my fellow

Warriors"

iloes not of

to depict their

the

life

of

a and

gang. storyline

The costur[es are all Warriors

gangs,

composition

pure is

fantasy. a "Coirboy, " portrayed by Tom McEarris. same kind The of

Amonq the Kitterick fact that

and an Indian. they the are on ttte

"Cochise,"

played

by David the

sane siale represents David to his off enjoyed character, the bad guys. that the

melange of that that his

gang itself. get-up lent

"fierceness" and Ton often Ihe felt

Indian

he was a co$.boy fighting set gave off a special

atrnosphere nembet useil

on the to his It riorso David this

feeling

eirch cast

advantage. took over a alozen years into for Sol yurick,s picture (with novel ,,The Warby

to be turned

a motion Hill)

a screenplay for of

Shaber and Wafter

and one of felt that work. anal hers

the main reasons a cast

was t-hat many ploalucers unknolins just

a movie vrith

relative Larry

wouldnrt

Gordon knew bettef, opens.

ready

to prove

it

when

rrThe Warriors"

NEW YORK CITYIS

BUSTLING STREETS

BECOME STAGE FOR "THE WARRTORS''

Dj-rector conjrmction Times." centereal fhe

Walter i,iith visit

Hillrs

first for

trip tie

to New yotk opening

City

was in of "Hard city filn in New

ioterviews \ras brief, hotel

publicity of

and his His

recollection seconil trip sunner things

the

around his

suite.

was to

"The Warriors" Manhattan,


V^rl-6rc

anal he spent

an entire

on locations even native

Brooklyn
/l^h

anil Oueens--seeing
r+

i,crra1lr'

l'laking a rnovie is it is in full tie electric of big

never

alu11, especially of New york

vrhen you,re City.

making

environment

The Big Apple

surprises. was the first location site for "fhe Warriors."

Coney Island The weather rdas relaxing. world is existed of

was beautiful, But despite

and the the

sunshine of

on the the

board\^'alk a jungle

serenity

scene, of

beyond the boardwalk. the Honicides

That part tie alidn't

Coney Island seem

tfre turf

and although they the

gang didn't

to mind having walking other certain while around 9an9, that taking

a movie crelr around, their it turf wearing

want anyone (uniforms) of were an-

"colors,' one.

even if if

was a fictional the cast

The police

any of

mecicers wore tieir

costumes trouble.

a stroll

up the block, naking

they would be in certain jacket. location site, that

A wardxobe rnan vras constantly off the setrs A cemetary large fence with limits in

no one wandereal

rvearing a Warrior was anothet nade it safe.

Brooklyn it in

but

surrormiling no fenced

A few blocks tremenilous that

away,

however. to gather,

protection,

crowds began filming had

causing

so rnuch noise that evening.

anal conmotion Ouieter sites

to be suspenileal for

were found.

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While oroblens, weirilos Strange be dealt


fnr^ihlv

cro!/d

control

was eventually flared up. is

handled

witfroul:

major

minor skirmis\es

Every co-rnuni ty has its no exception to the to the ru1e.

and rolvalies, types \,rith


-:rr\'

anal New york often

would

wander over so often


^ -F -

seL anal coulal not was !o

1o9ica11y,
+ham . ^ , r-+ ,*

the only

solution

range. coralon, David Frank director Walter Hill (who

Tn Harfem proalucer also novel) stanL they lvrote the

larry with

screenplay

Shaber from Sol yurick's Marshall haal to have a conlives in the because filn. others

and executive police had not escorL hired

producer

due to threats loca1

maae on their

gang menbers to appear set v/ere easily

Some gangs who visil:ed took tore of to thro{ing through the things set of

the

assuaqeal while One group of wrecking

from a alistance. a luoch break,

rovilies

during

thousanils

dollars Larry

worth

equipmeot. biggest probten was the one he hoped he that had street gang life possibof a

Gordon's

vtoulal never have to face. was a thene ility had run into

Other fitms trouble

\,rith real

gangs and the could run afoul

was always

there street

tlat

"The Warriots',

mean anal violent

gang, exciting scenes in quiet so that extras scene, with 'The Warriors.' the but

"We had sone realIy we had to keep their come arounal. really there wild

existence

gangs wouliln,t some cameras

We haal over costumes for

a thousand the conclave

alresseal in but

the only

were ours. the

we haal some run-ins fact the of that fact nothing

gangs during serious

the

sufiBner, but f think

really

happeneal lras,

due to

that

we laid teft

1ow." quite a few malks on

The filming

I'The warriors,'

the bulLs

city,

In one part

of Brookfyn

t}re fictional

A.C. tattoos,

Turnwalked

gang, with

shaved heads and penciled-in hanllurger gang, joint. out that

en masse into thinking it

a local

ltre tegular in a couple

cro\,/il, of seconals, actors,

Ilras a real it

cleareal

anil even after they

had been explained to come back of

these

were only fear

\i/ere reluctant the usual

inside.

And althouqh no 1ocale

\{asnrt ignore tltat

reaction of

a neiqhborhooal, caneras

coulal

tl1e invasion accompanies

lights, crew.

ancl other

equipment

a fipvie

Much detailed but some snafus unaler the but

preparation

was alone for

each new location, this ocup for

were to be expected. subliay tracks.

One example of lights

cuffed a shot, the off. there

A11 the

rirere set

t]le illumination switches the scene, taping

from the rnovie tighLs on the they paper for street lightsz

trigerred turning and though cell, it then

light

selsitive for

However,

had to be on, over the each light lighting noise

was a solution,

required

tremenalous extra the

work

technicians. from passangr

Even witll trains cate Iiill

problems--crowals,

rain,

and airplanes--everyone t-l.e excitement was anxious even if to reality of the

knew there streets the

was oo way to dupliDirector

on a movie set. of the

capture would

tension

gang neighborscene. One shot

hoods, between rupted

intrude

upon the

the Warriols by a real car. nost.

anal a gang cal1ed

the Orphans rvas interclosed in

siren-screaming

chase as the police

on a robbery But, for

the

toughest straight

part

of

the night

filming

was the The and

denandj-ng schedule--60 crelv had to lunching adjust

days of

shooting. I p.m.

to begi[ning at nidnight.

the work day at

together

Throughout hand. he1pful.

shooting,

the City

of New york Autiority trains

lent

a helping

Ttle police

and the Transit stations,

r^rere particularly

They provided essential lived

and personnel lrhich As one of the casr re_ and l,cl never It also

were absolutely marked, "Irve

to the fi1rn.

in Ne!, york all

of iny life, this

been on a subway as much as I was for seemed to be a treat scheduled trains were part for the real

movie.,,

passengers on the regularty rrindor,rs and reaLize t_hav

to look out their

of a movie being made. "The Warriors,, cast anal crew felt

By the end of filtning, as thougb they had actually Living and workinq together

shareal a kind of gang experrence, on the streets exhilaration of New york. and fears The anal tension_

novie captures their makes aualiences feel fi11ed night

exeitement,

very much a part

of the Warriors,

on the run. once again proves to be one of stages in the world. t}le rllost

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