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U.S., 1979
Directed by Walter Hill
With Michael Beck, James Remar, Dorsey Wright, Brian Tyler
Approx. 90 min. 4K DCP.

“Warriors, come out to play.” As color-coded gangs gather by the thousands in the Bronx, charismatic leader Cyrus is assassinated and the finger points, mistakenly, at the Warriors — now it’s one long trek back to Coney. Ultra-stylized, violence-packed update of Xenophon’s Anabasis.

With support from the Ada Katz Fund for Literature in Film.


“Looks as if Fritz Lang had directed THE WIZ, with occasional contributions from Sergei Eisenstein and Bruce Lee. What is most frightening about the movie is the essential truth of its basic premise: that the streets already belong to the violently and criminally inclined. The city is dying, block by block, from fear, loathing, fire, and desertion. And suddenly a dark and dangerous knighthood emerges on the screen from the ruins.”
– Andrew Sarris, The Village Voice

“There’s a night-blooming, psychedelic shine to the whole baroque movie… It has — in visual terms — the kind of impact that ‘Rock Around the Clock’ had when it was played behind the titles of Blackboard Jungle. It’s like visual rock, and it’s bursting with energy.”
– Pauline Kael, The New Yorker

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