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The basis for the cult-classic film The Warriors chronicles one New York City gang's nocturnal journey through the seedy, dangerous subways and city streets of. The basis for the cult-classic film The Warriors chronicles one New York City gang's nocturnal journey through the seedy, dangerous subways. The Warriors is a novel written by Sol Yurick in It became the inspiration for the cult classic movie The Warriors. Compared to the movie, the novel takes a.
After a stirring speech, the assembly dissolves into chaos as several dissident gangs begin fighting. When the police arrive, having been tipped off about a big "rumble", many gangs, believing Ismael has set them up, turn their peace-offering handgun on Ismael, killing him. When Arnold disappears amidst the rage of Ismael's gang members, it is up to Hector, the new leader of the Coney Island Dominators, to lead the remaining delegates from the Bronx back to Coney Island, passing through enemy ridden gang turfs.
When Hinton suggests removing their gang insignia — Mercedes symbols stolen off cars and converted into stick-pins from shop class at school which the gang wears on their hats — he is severely chastised. As Hinton is more familiar with the neighborhood, having lived there before, he is given the task of leading the gang out of Woodlawn Cemetery , where they have escaped the cops in the chaos.
The gang decides to call Wallie, the youth board worker assigned to their case, to come and drive them home. While waiting for him to arrive, the gang gets restless and jumps the subway. After a while, the train is stopped due to track work and the gang must take a different route.
En route to the other subway station, the gang encounters the Borinquen Blazers, a Puerto Rican immigrant gang. The leader then demands that the Dominators remove their pins in exchange for safe passage.
Things escalate into an argument with the Dominators heading off to their destination and the Blazers not retaliating because their reinforcements have not arrived. The Dominators then encounter an individual and start a fight, the girl cheering them on while they take turns stabbing the man with the stolen blade. The Dominators turn on the girl and gang-rape her, abandoning her in the street as they rush off to the subway.
Throughout the novel, the gang plays games of "manhood", either to relieve boredom or to settle disputes: Later, on the train, Hector passes out pieces of candy bars he has bought to the gang. Then Hector holds another "manhood" game involving the gang sticking their heads out the train window until it passes into the subway tunnel. Hinton wins, nearly killing himself in the process.
Arriving at the 96th Street and Broadway station, the Dominators encounter a transit cop eyeing them suspiciously. Aware that the police are trying to round up all the gangs in the city, and that they are still holding the knife they used to stab the possibly dead man, The Dominators evade the transit cop by jumping off the train just as he boards, but more police show up and they flee: Hinton jumping onto the tracks into the subway tunnel, Dewey and Junior jumping an uptown train and Hector, Lunkface, and Bimbo running out of the station.
Hector, Lunkface and Bimbo run into Riverside Park. Now, without the other gang members to see them, the trio removes their insignia pins so to avoid arrest. They encounter a large, fat, alcoholic nurse sitting on a bench and Lunkface takes an interest in her.
The woman is only interested in Hector, referring to Lunkface and Bimbo as " niggers ".
Hector lures her to a secluded spot where they jump her and she accepts them willingly. When Bimbo starts rifling through her purse, she reacts angrily.
When Lunkface, frustrated, hits her to keep her still, the woman retaliates with unexpected strength and starts screaming "Rape! The trio, unable to overpower her, flee but are promptly caught by the police.
Hinton, inside the subway tunnel, takes time for reflection. Feeling like an outsider and resenting the gang, he unleashes his contempt by writing on the wall, putting the gang down. Feeling guilty, he rubs out his insults and replaces them with the gang's "tag" he has been doing this throughout the novel.
Hinton arrives at Times Square station, the meeting place. While waiting for the gang he enters a public bathroom unknown to him re-purposed as a sort of brothel and is forced into sex with a teenage prostitute, shakes off a homosexual and a young junkie offering sexual favors for money, travels back and forth on the shuttle to Grand Central and, overcome with an inexplicable hunger, eats incessantly. When he comes to an arcade, he plays a shootout game with a dummy sheriff, winning twice, reflecting his resentment of authority.
Before he knows it, he has achieved everything he usually does with the gang, and wonders why he needs them.
Dewey and Junior meet up with Hinton and the trio head off to complete their journey. Although Dewey outranks Hinton, Hinton takes over the role of leader as he has an unexpected knack for the job. Hinton, Dewey and Junior finally arrive in Coney Island. After a brief moment of celebration, Hinton, all riled up with anger and the sense of victory, impulsively calls out a rumble against the Lords, the rival gang to the Dominators.
Hinton, not having a girlfriend, goes home. There his mother, Minnie, is in the midst of sex with her boyfriend, Norbert. Hinton tends to the baby who was being neglected, then has a futile talk with his junkie older half-brother Alonso about life in general and the future.
Hinton crawls out onto the fire escape and falls asleep, his thumb in his mouth. They are racially mixed three black, five white, one Hispanic. All are either black or Hispanic. Director Walter Hill initially wanted the Warriors to be an all-black gang but Paramount vetoed that idea. Throughout the novel, the character The Junior reads from a comic book , a classic-comics version of the story Anabasis by Xenophon , on which the book is loosely based. There is no reference to that story in the film, although the film's plot line is much closer to the plot line of Anabasis than the novel.
Walter Hill originally wanted a comic-styled introduction and transitions, but Paramount rejected the idea. Hill also wanted Orson Welles to do a narrated introduction about Greek themes, but the studio did not like the idea and refused to pay for it.
The gang uniforms of the two gangs are complete contrasts: the Warriors' gang uniform simply consists of a red pleather vest embroidered on the back with the Warriors' logo a skull crowned with a Native American headdress shaped like eagle wings , while The Dominators' uniform is a complete ensemble consisting of blue paisley pattern button-down shirts, black chino pants , high-topped black shoes, "short" jackets that are " monkey-jacket " tight except for Bimbo, who wears a raincoat in order to carry the gang's "supplies" , and high-crowned, narrow-brimmed straw hats bearing both their "war cigarettes" black-papered, hand-rolled cigarettes put in the hat brims that signify the gang's current status: at war, at peace, etc.
Rembrandt Warriors and Hinton Dominators share the role of the artist in their respective gangs; however, they have totally different personalities. Rembrandt is portrayed as being level-headed but weak when it comes to fighting, whereas Hinton is a lot braver and has a rep for going "psycho" every now and then.
Hinton ends up being the focal point of the novel, while the film focuses more on Swan, the gang's field leader. In the film, the Warriors encounter a gang called the Orphans who try to prove they're tough by showing the Warriors newspaper articles of incidents and crimes done by their gang. In the novel, the Dominators encounter a gang called The Borinquen Blazers and exchange newspaper articles with them of their doings in an attempt to avoid trouble from the gang.
In the film, the gang conclave assembly is called by Cyrus and the Gramercy Riffs; in the novel, the conclave is called by Ismael Rivera, whose gang's name is the Delancey Thrones.
The name Cyrus is an allusion to Cyrus the Younger , the character in the Anabasis on whom Ismael is based. In the film, Cyrus is shot and killed by Luther, leader of the Rogues, who then blame the Warriors because Fox caught Luther in the act ; Luther later states he killed Cyrus for no reason, adding "I just like doing stuff like that!
View all 10 comments. How does it compare to the movie? Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. I kind of skimmed through it and saw that it was about gangs yurkck street fights which caught my attention. Warrios 26, Chuck LoPresti rated it it was amazing. There are 7 gang members of them going back home to their turf.
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