The 1979 movie The Warriors is a cult classic, at least in non-mainstream cinema. Regardless of what the mainstream thinks, it is a great movie! The movie tells of a small gang framed for the murder of another gang’s leader and their struggle to get home while hunted. The movie starts with a short excerpt of the Ancient Greek work Anabasis by Xenophon; where a small army of Greek soldiers find themselves trapped in Persia with enemies on all sides they make the long trek home. The movie is unrelenting with its montage of New York’s subway system, heavy electronic music, and gnarly guitar riffs; and that’s just the opening credits.
The dialogue is a bizarre – in the best way – blend of fun and originality, especially with its use of new words. Words such as bop: movement through the streets, boppers: a gang in the underworld of New York City, and wasted: getting beat up or killed. There is more, phrases such as suckkas, can you dig it, no sweat, and wrecked. All of these terms add a ton of flavour to the movie. In an odd way it makes you feel like you are a part of the movie, a part of the action, it ties you to the story. The movie is unique with its use of ‘splash-panels’ to begin or end scenes. This causes the story of the Greek soldiers, which is narrated in splash-panels, amazingly relevant through the whole movie. This snap-back to reality technique paradoxically plunges you deeper into the movie. Another central aspect of the movie is the music. One of the main characters is a female DJ who plays certain music on her radio station to deliver specific messages to all the ‘boppers’ in a gang’s network. And these songs are relevant to the scene just as with any other movie, however the experience is realer since the music is significant in the plot. This is quite intriguing since the movie already employs a minimalist dialogue; so this empowers the viewer to find messages in body language and insinuations.
The movie causes us to realize that we all are warriors deep down. So as we in Kallipolis say, “Stay loose suckkas.”