This month’s last Friday Night Freakout is one of our most frequently requested cult films, so we’re finally giving it to you this Thanksgiving weekend as a way to say thanks for an awesome year at The Frida! Join us Friday, November 24th at 11pm for Walter Hill’s thrilling 1979 classic, The Warriors! And if your family obligations and turkey hangovers keep you from joining us Friday, we’ll also be screening The Warriors Saturday, November 25th at 10pm! Advance tickets now available at box office, or online by clicking here!
A super-stylized, late-70’s-hip action film, The Warriors unfurls in a dystopian near-future, when various gangs control New York City. Each gang sports a unique moniker (“The Warriors,” “The Baseball Furies,” “The Rogues”…), with a costume underscoring its “theme”; each, in turn, is also responsible for one geographic area. Hill sets up the landscape as a massive, violent playground, replete with vacant subway tunnels, dark parks, abandoned buildings and bridges, and other ominous territories ripe for a street fight. The film opens as every gang in New York is called to the Bronx to attend a peaceful city-wide meeting, where powerful gang leader Cyrus suggests all gangs join forces and take over the city collectively, as their numbers far outweigh that of the police. But Cyrus’ rallying cry is cut short when psychotic leader of gang The Rogues assassinates him – and blames innocent band The Warriors as the culprits. This sends the gang fleeing through the labyrinthine city, with every gang in Manhattan in vicious, homicidal pursuit.
Fast-paced and suspenseful as the film is, director Hill keeps the onscreen violence absurd, exaggerated, and unrealistic, resulting in a perfect recipe for a cult classic with a devoted fan base – a gritty thriller with an escalating body count that still manages to be a blast to watch, as opposed to the graphic exercise in brutality the film could have easily been in other hands. The enduring legacy of The Warriors was perhaps best evidenced in 2005 when, 26 years after the film’s release, Rockstar Game released a video game based on the film for PlayStation 2 and Xbox.
We thank Paramount Pictures for providing us with their 4K Remaster of this iconic film for our presentations!
Friday, November 24 – 11pm
Saturday, November 25 – 10pm
“*****. Visually stunning and emotionally gripping, The Warriors is a classic that, after a quarter-century, has finally received the loving finishing touches that it so rightly deserves.” – Brian Mckay, eFilmCritic.com
“Walter Hill’s vibrant 1979 adaptation of Sol Yurick’s 1965 novel – based loosely on an ancient Greek story called ‘Anabasis’ – is a classic cinematic record of New York City circa 1979.” – Cole Smithey, ColeSmithey.com
“A campy treat for anyone who wants to ‘come out and play-ay!'” – Rob Thomas, Capital Times