film:the warriors

Cities in Films #65: NEW YORK

THE WARRIORS (1979)

Like its source novel, this cult thriller loosely adapts the events of the 401 B.C. Battle of Cunaxa.  A gang are forced to travel, mostly on foot, from the Bronx to Coney Island, through the territories of militant rivals. The city they traverse is rendered as a dystopian extension of the real-life problems of violence and urban decay in 1970′s New York City.