Warriors, Come Out To Play! Things You Might Not Have Known About The Classic 1979 Film

The Warriors is a 1979 crime film based on Sol Yurick’s novel of the same name, which was inspired by the Ancient Greek novel Anabasis. After being framed for killing a major gang leader, a New York City gang must fight and travel their way 30 miles behind enemy lines from the Bronx to their home turf in Coney Island. Initially, the film wasn’t well received by either the public or critics although it has grown into a classic today, sparking comic book series, remakes, video games, and more.

Read on for some of director Walter Hill’s suggestions that were denied.

There Are Real Gang Members In The Film

Real Gangs
Paramount Pictures
Paramount Pictures

At the beginning of the movie, there is an assembly of the various New York gangs in the Bronx’s Van Cortlandt Park. There, Cyrus, the leader of New York’s most powerful gang, makes a speech about putting aside their differences and uniting as one. This way, the gangs would have more influence over policies and control over the city.

However, he is shot and killed during the process. To make this gathering of so many “gangsters” possible, the filmmakers asked real gangs to step in as extras which gave the scene an all-too-real feeling.