r/OldSchoolCool Oct 01 '22 Heartwarming 1 Silver 1

Michael Beck in The Warriors (1979). I watch a lot of movies new and old and i don't recall seeing him in anything else but in this one movie he was ice cold cool.

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u/Raerae1360 Oct 01 '22

Short lived cop show Houston nights and Xanadu with Olivia Newton John

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u/BuzzOnBuzzOff Oct 02 '22

Quote from Michael Beck: "The Warriors (1979) opened a lot of doors in film, for me, which Xanadu (1980) then closed. Then again, any movie that spawns a hit stage musical can't be all bad!"

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u/lesChaps Oct 02 '22

Still waiting for the Warriors stage musical, which will be an even bigger hit.

And after that, Megaforce: The Musical.

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u/Whateveryousaydude7 Oct 01 '22

Well. Then. Why not retire on that trifecta!

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u/Beard_Of_Serpico Oct 01 '22

He's pretty great in the Warriors, you'd think that would lead to some big roles or at least some known 80's action thrillers but nope. I doubt he's sad, dude was in the warriors.

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u/BackTo1975 Oct 02 '22

It did. Warrior led to Xanadu. Xanadu led to the end of his career as a leading man. There’s a quote of his online that’s something to the effect of “All the doors that The Warriors opened for me, Xanadu then closed.”

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u/its-not-me_its-you_ Oct 02 '22

Because Xanadu proved that his greatest talent was looking cool, which is all he needed to do in Warriors.

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u/thebarkbarkwoof Oct 02 '22

Too bad for him it wasn’t Grease

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u/Nick357 Oct 02 '22

Travolta could do more than look cool though. Maybe Beck could do though.

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u/Nasaboy1987 Oct 02 '22

And Megaforce ended his career as a supporting actor.

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u/dullship Oct 02 '22

Yeah but Megaforce is awesome so...

I mean, Barry Bostwick still had a solid career after.

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u/Legitimate_Towel7088 Oct 02 '22

Barry bostwick was brad. He will always have a career.

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u/turnstwice Oct 02 '22

Weird. I thought that was Andy Gibb in Xanadu.

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u/urkldajrkl Oct 02 '22

Xanadu brought down Olivia Newton John, as well. That's a lot of suck.

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u/ellefleming Oct 02 '22

Gene Kelly was in Xanadu. saw it when I was 8 and I 💕💕💕 it.

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u/bad-hat-harry Oct 02 '22

Ended his career too.

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u/Petal_Phile Oct 02 '22

Hit machine ELO went years before another hit. It laid waste to nearly all who touched it.

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u/drewatkins77 Oct 02 '22

Even the critics who hated the movie loved the song though. It was, and is, a banger.

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u/toreadorable Oct 02 '22

It’s one of my favorite movies of all time.

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u/lesChaps Oct 02 '22

I loved it. I was like, 13, so what did I know?

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u/AskYourDoctor Oct 02 '22

It's like the best terrible movie ever. Like I recognize that as a whole work it's awful. The acting is bad, the whole narrative is a mess. BUT there's so much brilliance in it. The last Gene Kelly role. The first independent Don Bluth animation. The visuals. The production design. I'm a musician and the soundtrack is excellent, simply excellent. I also live in LA and it's a brilliant tribute to the now-sadly-demolished art deco concert hall featured in the film.

It's frustrating. I feel like it is really close to being a good movie. You could probably do what some wags did with the phantom menace, and edit it down to a much better movie, by just removing all the awful shit lol.

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u/Cephus1961 Oct 02 '22

Total simp for Olivia Newton John here. I saw and enjoyed Xanadu twice in theater. So Michael Beck was in it ? Never got into her albums, because MTV didn't exist.

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u/TH3JAGUAR5HARK Oct 02 '22

Is it weird that I love when I see people who comment on things that age them? When I'm your age I want to be on internet forums making cool comments. I hope you have a really nice day today.

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u/Elementium Oct 02 '22

Itll happen before you know it. For me.. I own VHS tapes that are movies i dont thi k are very old at all.

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u/HappyDaysMyDays Oct 02 '22

This dude should have a fan club from The Warriors.

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u/Orbit86 Oct 02 '22

Such a weird choice for his next movie. He went from a tough guy leader of a street gang, to a movie with Gene Kelly and roller skates. Xanadu was BAD. Just terrible. It’s only redeeming quality was how Smokin Hot Olivia was in that movie.

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u/No_Conversation7564 Oct 02 '22

Excellent soundtrack

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u/holllyyyy Oct 02 '22

ELO SLAYED.

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u/Rygar82 Oct 02 '22

And then he was in Megaforce in 1982. Arguably an even worse movie.

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u/EquinsuOcha Oct 02 '22

To be fair, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher did not have much of a movie career after Star Wars, despite playing iconic roles.

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u/Luke90210 Oct 02 '22 edited Oct 02 '22

Carrie Fisher was in THE BLUES BROTHERS, WHEN HARRY MET SALLY, SHAMPOO and THE 'BURBS. She was also Dr Evil and Scotty's group therapist in Austin Powers.

She was also a successful script doctor, the writer you call to the set when the script needs significant work during filming. Pays very well, but understandably the producers don't want this kind of attention.

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u/EquinsuOcha Oct 02 '22

I don’t dispute any of those things, but they were not lead roles. Always supporting, despite the fact that both of them could easily have been cast as headliners.

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u/Luke90210 Oct 02 '22

Thats fair enough.

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u/Muff_in_the_Mule Oct 02 '22

I think Mark Hamill purposefully decided to move towards voice acting. And he's been great at it.

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u/EquinsuOcha Oct 02 '22

I’m afraid that was after a few really terrible B Movies in the 80’s.

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u/wilberfarce Oct 02 '22

Anyone remember Slipstream?

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u/cynzthin Oct 02 '22

I STAN CORVETTE SUMMER!

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u/monos_muertos Oct 02 '22

Hamill was every bit of the geek that Star Wars culture would eventually make mainstream. That clashed a bit with 70s and 80's Hollywood. He was much more comfortable in animation and games.

Also, the car accident between Star Wars and Empire Strikes Back kind of messed up his face, but it did help the character look more mature as he developed.

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u/T-Minus9 Oct 02 '22

Car accident? Friend, that was a Wampa that clawed his face. And, if not for his quick thinking, and some timely help from his Friend Han, it very well would have ate him afterwards!

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u/Whateveryousaydude7 Oct 01 '22

Some people just say fuck it, and walk away from Hollywood and the bullshit.

They probably don’t regret it in the least.

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u/dmfd1234 Oct 02 '22

You can have both. Tom Berenger is a friend of a friend and he doesn’t play all the Hollywood West Coast BS. Lives in the Carolinas, big into the family and is lucky and talented enough to only take the roles he wants. Super cool, normal, down to Earth guy. I don’t know him, just met him once.

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u/Whateveryousaydude7 Oct 02 '22

I know a lot of actors too. And the happiest ones are character actors.

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u/Pearlbarleywine Oct 01 '22

I always admired how Josh Hartnett noped out while at the top.

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u/EverybodysMeemaw Oct 02 '22

Josh Hartnett, love me some Josh.

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u/Rygar82 Oct 02 '22

Lucky#Slevin is a great movie.

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u/DadGrocks Oct 02 '22

He was great in “Penny Dredfull”

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u/grandrapidsgolfer Oct 02 '22

That’s a series that did not need to end!!! Just wild events one after another.

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u/FFFalk Oct 02 '22

I’m still miffed that they killed it. We don’t get this kind of series anymore. Either it’s over the top superheroes or a bunch of 30year olds acting as teenagers.

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u/Whateveryousaydude7 Oct 02 '22

Now he bops in if it’s a project he wants to do, and bops out right after.

Like Jake Ryan did.

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u/lightscameraaction25 Oct 02 '22

Listen up boppers...

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u/DavoTB Oct 01 '22

Correct! Could have made more action films in the day…

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u/trelam88 Oct 02 '22

Yes! Xanadu! I just watched it for the first time a couple weeks ago. All the music by Olivia Newton John and the Electric Light Orchestra. I loved it, personally.

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u/jennyjuice9799 Oct 02 '22

I loved it as a kid, and now I love watching it with my 3 yo :)

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u/mostlygroovy Oct 02 '22

Are we just gonna overlook MegaForce?

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u/wilberfarce Oct 02 '22

Good call, I love that movie. It’s just amazing how wonderfully bad it is.

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u/Igor_J Oct 02 '22

I was a kid and I was not about the shitty SF and all about the dune buggies and vans and flying motorcycles in that movie.

edit: I didnt care about the shitty SF as a kid.

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u/Hecate_333 Oct 02 '22

He guest starred on an episode of Murder, She Wrote too

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u/wilberfarce Oct 02 '22

And Babylon 5. B5’s showrunner was co-producer on Murder She Wrote. Perhaps not just a coincidence

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u/Hecate_333 Oct 02 '22

Probably not a coincidence. There were quite a few actors who played different characters throughout MSW because they would get along with the cast and crew so they'd bring them back. Some even gained recurring roles after initially playing someone else.

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u/1Deerintheheadlights Oct 02 '22

Megaforce - Deeds not Words

Also The Last Ninja was a TV movie. I believe it was supposed to be a series pilot that did not make it. It was pretty good story with a lot of background (flashbacks) up to a good finish to setup the ongoing story.

I wonder if that was his “break” and then got passed up as a lead?

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u/lafcadiohearn Oct 01 '22

The Warriors got a lot of bad press for glamorizing gangs and violence - NYC was fairly rough back then

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u/[deleted] Oct 02 '22

Back then kids in my town would go 'rumble' with the kids from the other towns, with nunchucks, throwing stars and knives and stuff. It did seem glamorous, the idea of sneaking out of the house to go 'rumble' in the park was very appealing to an eight year old.

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u/frick-you-fricker Oct 02 '22

Eight? Man, you from Shelbyville?

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u/Yvaelle Oct 02 '22

They got to the rumble via the Monorail!

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u/Sadreaccsonli Oct 02 '22

Or South Park

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u/ArrrGaming Oct 02 '22

Yeah somehow this was a thing in my area around 7th grade.

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u/Professional_Quit281 Oct 02 '22

People getting stabbed doesn't sound like fun.

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u/[deleted] Oct 02 '22

I guess you never watched Kung Fu or Conan movies, or played D&D. The conquering of the imagined enemy is very compelling.

Actually seeing or participating in that would be another thing entirely.

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u/ElectricMan324 Oct 02 '22

Yes. There were some riots at some theaters when it came out, and a few people got hurt.

Funny part is that it was filmed in 1979 BEFORE the big crack epidemic (think New Jack City as a movie that came out in 1991). It was almost nostalgic that the gangs had "themes" and went out to "rumble". Think of what it would be like to watch "The Wire" and have the Furies show up. Heh

Honestly except for the language it would be a made for TV movie today.

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u/Chewcocca Oct 02 '22

Think of what it would be like to watch "The Wire" and have the Furies show up.

The greatest moment in television history?

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u/Theamazingchan Oct 01 '22

I have an autographed picture of Michael Beck. He asked me my favorite line from the movie and I told him it was when he said to Ajax “Make your move.” It’s a black and white photo of Swan (Beck) on the subway train holding onto the pole. With a black Sharpie, he wrote: Drew, Make your move. Signed Michael Beck “Swan”

Super nice guy

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u/KoshekhTheCat Oct 02 '22

Chan, c'mon, post it!!!

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u/Theamazingchan Oct 02 '22

Looking for it…I moved a few times since the expo when I got the pic…I’ll post it when I find it.

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u/Silver-ishWolfe Oct 02 '22

This post is now 11 minutes old…

Are you even looking bro?!?

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u/Theamazingchan Oct 02 '22

Damn…you sound like my ex-wife

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u/PilbaraWanderer Oct 02 '22

She had to given your subpar ability to find things.

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u/Theamazingchan Oct 02 '22

That gave me a much needed chuckle…thanks

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u/whiskey_piker Oct 02 '22

Hell yes! That’s such a great memory. How recent did you meet him?

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u/Theamazingchan Oct 02 '22

Somewhere around 2006…it was a horror movie convention

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u/[deleted] Oct 01 '22

He was also in a movie called Battletruck. And was in MegaForce with Barry Bostwick.

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u/tkingsbu Oct 02 '22

Lol… when I was really really young, mega force was considered pretty cool :)

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u/[deleted] Oct 02 '22

Yeah. I loved it when it came out. I was around ten and the flying motorcycles were awesome.

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u/jfdonohoe Oct 02 '22

I’m pretty sure the designer of the Tesla truck was obsessed with Megaforce

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u/CSmith1986 Oct 01 '22

CAN YOU DIG IT!?

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u/Explorer_5150 Oct 02 '22

"The Warriors did it. They shot Cyrus!"

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u/Alain444 Oct 02 '22

"warriors....come out to playyyyyyay"

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u/GrushdevaHots Oct 02 '22

🎶 Somewhere out on that horizon 🎶

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u/thewavefixation Oct 02 '22

In the city……….uh huuuuuuuuh(ooooooohieohooooo)

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u/purpletube5678 Oct 02 '22

They came out to play.

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u/CSmith1986 Oct 02 '22

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u/Paladoc Oct 02 '22

David Patrick Kelly is a treasure.

Warriors, Dreamscape, Commando, 48 Hours and of course The Crow.

He's a great villain.

Warriors! Come out to plaaaaay!

And his speech as T-Bird.

"We put you through a window! There ain't no coming back!"

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u/throwawayshirt Oct 02 '22

lol how do you miss Twin Peaks?

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u/GoldFisherman Oct 02 '22

He also played Double T in Ghostwriter.

Word.

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u/griff1971 Oct 01 '22

There's stuff online that point to Xanadu being the role that kind of flatlined his career (and I think he even blames the movie to an extent), but I don't think it was that big of a deal. Maybe not exactly a good choice coming off of The Warriors, but I actually like both movies, The Warriors being one of my all time favorites. Hollywood is weird like that sometimes.

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u/Austinpowerstwo Oct 02 '22

I've definitely seen him in an interview talking about Xanadu tanking his career, he said it with a lot of humour and good spirits though, not like he was bitter or anything.

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u/strum_and_dang Oct 02 '22

My friend recently made us watch Xanadu in memory of Olivia Newton John. I had forgotten how incredibly cheesy it was. I was really into roller skating back when it came out though, and it had some good songs and dance numbers.

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u/griff1971 Oct 02 '22

Gene Kelly dancing on roller skates. I mean, come on! How would it not be an epic final sequence to the movie?

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u/Haus42 Oct 01 '22

Man, I loved Xanadu so much. I do remember there was a guy in the movie, but Olivia really stole the show.

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u/ReleventReferences Oct 01 '22

The Warriors is SUCH a good movie.

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u/Pudding_Hero Oct 02 '22

What was your favourite gang?

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u/Shaunair Oct 02 '22

The Baseball Furies for me

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u/Pudding_Hero Oct 02 '22

Fuck yeah

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u/taitaofgallala Oct 02 '22

The Riffs were the coolest but main characters aside I gotta go with either The Saracens or The Vancourtland Rangers. The Saracens were mysteriously well-connected and dressed very plainly just black tank tops but they were a force to be reckoned with. They were in a constant standoff with The Jones Street Boys which was the richest old money gang, and the cops stayed on the winning side of that turf war which constantly changedk.

The Vancourtland Rangers hid out in graveyards and used the undertaker services to their advantage which is metal af. They were another underdog story like The Warriors and were a big name in the freshmen class. VC would have stomped out The Orphans if they hadn't called out The Warriors.

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u/dutchmasterams Oct 02 '22

And where does this info come from? I’ve always been partial to The Moon Runners

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u/WolfCola4 Oct 02 '22

Can't speak for the commenter above but for me, the PS2 game filled in a lot of additional lore. Must-have game for anyone who was as obsessed with the movie as I was!

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u/Woody90210 Oct 02 '22

God the game was so fucking cool!

The huge gang brawls, the open area missions, rescuing your buddies when they got arrested, just all of it.

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u/mr_ji Oct 02 '22

The Warriors EU, obviously

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u/Panelak_Cadillac Oct 02 '22

Turnbull ACs look like they would literally throw down.

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u/Ksh1218 Oct 02 '22

My brother and I watch it on Christmas. It’s a tradition!

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u/Dubb33d Oct 02 '22

Surprised they never remade it as is the current trend with most old movies

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u/mmaintainer Oct 02 '22

Such an underrated game too

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u/Loopy888 Oct 02 '22

Idk if rockstar has the IP to do it but they should definitely expand on that, a Warriors game with their modern graphics would be insane.

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u/WolfCola4 Oct 02 '22

A warriors game with a map the size of GTA5, where you have to get from the big gang meeting on one side back to Coney Island, all on foot. Rockstar I will give you whatever you want, just make it happen

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u/scriggle-jigg Oct 02 '22

A hilarious mechanic was when you are downed and your buddy would run over with a “bump” to revive

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u/fastrthnu Oct 01 '22

I only knew him from Xanadu.

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u/InksPenandPaper Oct 02 '22

The soundtrack is phenomenal.

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u/Luke90210 Oct 02 '22

Fun Fact: THE WARRIORS was based on the true story of 10,000 Greek mercenaries, and a lot more for other countries, hired by the half-brother of the Persian king to overthrow him. When the half-brother died in combat, everyone except for the Greeks pledged themselves to the Persian king. They had to fight their way back to Greece from the heart of a hostile Persian Empire without any support AFTER the Persians killed their top leaders in negotiations. The amazing thing is not only did they get back home, but did it under junior officers with very few losses.

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u/WolfCola4 Oct 02 '22

IIRC, in the original book, Rembrandt is reading a comic book version of the Iliad which frames the narrative. You see him reading the comic in the film while the gang are traveling around on the subway

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u/Flipz100 Oct 02 '22

It’s Anabasis not the Iliad but yes.

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u/GrushdevaHots Oct 02 '22

Reminds me of The Last Centurion by John Ringo

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u/Canadian-female Oct 02 '22

Warriors was one of the first movies to come out on VHS. There weren’t many movies available then and we used to watch it all the time. Good thing it’s a really good movie.

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u/Ksh1218 Oct 02 '22

Was it really? That’s fascinating!

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u/PigSlam Oct 02 '22

Everyone in that movie was cool.

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u/Luke90210 Oct 02 '22

Not the Orphans. They were pathetic.

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u/frick-you-fricker Oct 02 '22

Deborah Gaye Van Valkenburgh played the skank in the Orphans. She was frickin' amazing. "Friday nights are good, Saturday nights are better". ;)

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u/Luke90210 Oct 02 '22

No wonder she relocated to Coney Island.

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u/NoTime4LuvDrJones Oct 02 '22

But they had a heavy rep! Their name was in the papers and everything

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u/UBjackfrost Oct 02 '22

My mom loves this movie and I grew up watching it regularly with her.. her favorite scene was on the train him and his girl sitting across from the preppy partiers.. she reaches up to fix her hair and he grabs her arm and brings it back down.. that action spoke volumes and I might’ve never picked up on it if my mom didn’t point it out to me

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u/someone_sometwo Oct 02 '22

4 real, he's like f those chumps. You dont have to impress them.

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u/The-Many-Faced-God Oct 02 '22

Time for Quentin to revive his career.

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u/Ajjos-history Oct 01 '22

“Warriors, come out and play”

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u/b4d_vibr4tions Oct 02 '22

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u/oscar-the-bud Oct 02 '22

He ( David Patrick Kelly)was also Unger in the remake of The Longest Yard

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u/EatMyShag Oct 02 '22 edited Oct 02 '22

David Patrick Kelly

Also played Sully in Commando with Arnold as John Matrix in 1985.

-John: You're a funny guy Sully, I like you. That's why I'm gonna kill you last...

(30 mins later)

-John: Remember Sully when I told you I would kill you last?

-Sully: That's right Matrix, you did!

-John: I lied.

(Drops him from a cliff)

Edit: Matrix, not Major for Sully's reply before dying.

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u/crapatthethriftstore Oct 02 '22

He was also the weird brother of the owner of the hotel in twin peaks!

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u/scanion Oct 02 '22

That’s where I remember him. Thanks.

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u/PapaStevesy Oct 02 '22

Jerry! Although I'd say Ben was the weirder brother by the end. And neither of them were really that weird at all, on the Twin Peaks Scale.

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u/WarrenG117 Oct 02 '22

His best role is T-Bird in the Crow.

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u/frick-you-fricker Oct 02 '22

My one.. ONE.. criticism of The Warriors was I wanted more fights in the movie. I'm 55. I've seen it 100's of times. More. Fights!!

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u/NoTime4LuvDrJones Oct 02 '22

Yea, I definitely agree with this. I love it. But I do wish it had more and longer fights.

I also love another gang movie also from 1979 but based in early 60s New York: the Wanderers. Classic flick, funny too. But I also wish that one had more fights.

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u/rukarrn Oct 02 '22

He was also in 48 Hours, which was also directed by Walter Hill who also directed The Warriors.

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u/nordic_yankee Oct 02 '22

Are you angry with me, Luther?

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u/Miklagaror Oct 02 '22

And in John Wick as the supervisor of the cleaner guys.

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u/1911mark Oct 02 '22

Where’s Sully , I let him go

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u/SuspiciousChicken Oct 02 '22

I can hear this gif

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u/NoTime4LuvDrJones Oct 02 '22

I love how the story with this scene with the director just asking him to think of something to say in the car. So he goes and finds those bottles and came up with this timeless scene right there on the spot

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u/Practical-Middle3741 Oct 02 '22

He looks like the lost BeeGee

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u/pursuitofhappy Oct 02 '22

This was a great movie, I saw it in theaters in the 90s and it was a cult classic back then too, it was my first time watching but the theater was packed and everyone knew the lines, was a very interesting pre internet experience.

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u/kinkyshinobi36 Oct 02 '22

Love this movie, kicking fury ass was my favorite part

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u/frick-you-fricker Oct 02 '22

Good. I'm sick of running from these wimps!!

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u/HappyDaysMyDays Oct 02 '22

One of the best movies I ever saw….and I am old AF.

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u/holdthephone316 Oct 02 '22

9 guys no weapons

Until the shit hit the fan anyway.

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u/NoTruck0 Oct 02 '22

Xanadu, wouldn't know this without my wife. Who is obsessed with Xanadu

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u/synaesthezia Oct 02 '22

Understand tbh. Olivia is a National Treasure in my country.

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u/StatisticianUnited17 Oct 02 '22

I love this movie. It's sad he didn't have more opportunities.

Side note, I'm going to be the lead baseball fury for Halloween now that my hair is long. I've wanted to do it for years and I'm pumped to have the opportunity.

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u/nevertellya Oct 02 '22

I went to the premiere. It was OK as far as 70s movies go. To me, the best and most memorable thing about the movie was the theme song "In The City" by Joe Walsh.

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u/Explorer_5150 Oct 02 '22

I always liked Ajax.

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u/Mediamuerte Oct 02 '22

In the game he was the strongest and hardest hitting member

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u/tucakeane Oct 02 '22

Cult film in its own right. Many of the actors went on to do little else.

Fun fact- Swan was supposed to be a side character, with Fox and the main love interest being the focus. Apparently the actors had no chemistry, so Swan got the girl and Fox got tossed onto a live railroad track.

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u/crudedrawer Oct 02 '22

I want to see the alternate timeline where Cyrus doesn't get killed and the gangs take over NYC and it becomes so lawelss the government is forced to turn Manhattan in to a maximum security prison.

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u/Bugtruck Oct 02 '22

Isn't that Escape from New York?

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u/martiniolives2 Oct 01 '22

James Remar seemed far cooler. And has had a great career. If you haven’t seen him in The Cotton Club as Dutch Schultz, you’ve got a treat coming.

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u/Beard_Of_Serpico Oct 01 '22

I know James Remar from many good movies. The Quest with Van Damme comes to mind and he's in a couple of Tarantino's as well.

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u/Oc3lot409 Oct 02 '22

Played Dexter’s Dad as well.

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u/TheRipley78 Oct 02 '22

He was supposed to play Hicks in Aliens, but he was doing too many drugs (and had gotten arrested IIRC) and lost the part to Michael Biehn.

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u/LessMidRange Oct 02 '22

Ajax was the muscle of the group but let’s not pretend like he didn’t try to rape that undercover lady cop

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u/digimbyte Oct 02 '22

Xanadu!
best musical rom-com

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u/morganstern Oct 02 '22 Silver

Throw on Xanadu

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u/abetterme1 Oct 02 '22

I'm proud to say that I was one of the ones who played the game on the PS2... it's my favourite game ever

I miss the old days when me, my brother, and my cousin where playing it over and over again it was so much fun. Love it.

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u/Kpost12 Oct 02 '22

I’m straight as hell but I’ve always had a man crush on him

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u/5050Clown Oct 01 '22

You need to stop what you are doing and go watch Megaforce. Then maybe you'll understand why you don't see him much. He made some bad movies.

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u/Blue-cheese-dressing Oct 02 '22

Barry Bostwick, that gold Lycra jump suit and perfect feathered 80s hair. Persia Khambatta was so hot in that movie. It was a tween/kids movie, but it was marketed to adults and it bombed. It exploded on VHS and HBO in the 80s - Hal Needham appears in it.

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u/TheDeadlySquid Oct 01 '22

Critically underrated film. A must see. Can you dig it?!

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u/supafuckaaa Oct 01 '22

I LOVE the bad Guy of this movie

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u/AvatarofBro Oct 02 '22

Jerry from Twin Peaks

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u/Bobbyperu1 Oct 02 '22

Also in Commando and 48 hrs. With James Remar directed by Walter Hill who did the Warriors.

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u/Groovy_Chainsaw Oct 02 '22 edited Oct 02 '22

David Patrick Kelley -- In both The Warriors and 48 Hrs ( each directed by Walter Hill ) his character name is Luther ... coincidence ???

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u/heavy_metal_stacker Oct 02 '22

Orphans "take of your colors” swan "we don’t do that”

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u/frick-you-fricker Oct 02 '22

*Deborah Gaye Van Valkenburgh making chicken noises in the background.

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u/rk-3502 Oct 02 '22

I went through basic training in 1997. Our platoon name was the Warriors. When someone from another platoon did the old " Warriors come out and play" you instantly knew who saw this classic.

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u/BigDaddySodaPop Oct 02 '22

He was in one episode of Babylon 5, which honored the movie.

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u/lancea_longini Oct 02 '22

“Warriors! Come out to play-ay! Warriors! Come out to play-AY!”

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u/TennSeven Oct 02 '22

You didn't see him in anything else because he did Xanadu after The Warriors and his stock plummeted.

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u/blackmilksociety Oct 02 '22

Clearly you’ve never seen Megaforce

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u/mimiluvshistory Oct 02 '22

Megaforce. He's awesome in it.

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u/SuiZaido023 Oct 02 '22

Looks like Woody Harrelson and Heath Ledger. Or they both look like him

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u/Ksh1218 Oct 02 '22

Ngl he’s super hot. Heath ledger for sure. God I miss him

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u/KaosPolarBear Oct 02 '22

"Can you dig it?!"

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u/Orbit86 Oct 02 '22

One of my all time favorite movies. I keep it on my DVR. The violence is pretty tame by today’s standard. Also this was directed by Walter Hill who also directed the most under rated of all 80s movies and my favorite...Streets of Fire. If you like the Warriors, check it out.

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u/TyperMcTyperson Oct 02 '22

ZAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAANADU!!!!

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u/yetifekker Oct 02 '22

late to the party things about the Warriors -

Swan (Michael Beck) wasn't meant to be the lead. It was supposed to be Fox - the guy that gets thrown under the train by the cops. the director found him to be a pain in the ass during production, had him killed and Michael Beck took over as lead.

Cyrus is based off a real guy from the time and gang scene of NYC. The real guy was originally cast for the part but he disappeared (killed, i think) before production started.

the female lead would go on to star with Jim J. Bullock in a sitcom based in SF.

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u/saucybelly Oct 02 '22

The sitcom she was in was Too Close for Comfort, with Ted Knight as well (yep I watched it lol) - it was her Xanadu I think

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