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''The Wanderers'' is a 1979 movie that centers on the members of a Bronx youth gang, and their interactions with the other local gangs. At school, a high school teacher accidentally sparks a race riot between the Italian gang the Wanderers and the Black gang the Del-Bombers. Looking to gather allies to their fight as the Del-Bombers have bigger numbers, The Wanderers get rejected (humiliatingly) by the Fordham Baldies and by the Chinese Wongs. But they do get a new member with the arrival of bulky [[TheStoic Perry]], a newcomer to the neighborhood who proves himself in a fight. Just as it looks bleak for the gang, the local mafia hoods led by 'Chubby' Galasso intervene and negotiate to have the rumble changed into a football match.

Based on a book by Richard Price.
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!!Features the examples of:

* AdaptationDistillation: Price's novel is episodic in nature. Director Philip Kaufman and his wife Rose re-wove the narrative into a more coherent plot.
* AmbiguouslyGay: Turkey. And Perry and Joey.
* AxCrazy: Joey's father, Emilio. And the Ducky Boys gang.
* BadAss: Emilio, Perry, the Wongs and the Fordham Baldies.
* BigBad: The Ducky Boys. They're the one street gang ''willing to kill''.
* BigApplesauce
* BittersweetEnding: Richie came back to the Wanderers in time to help out with the football game, and with the fight against the Ducky Boys. While re-affirming his friendship with Joey, [[spoiler:they still end up parting ways as Joey flees to California with Perry to escape Joey's AxCrazy father. Richie stays to marry his knocked-up girlfriend. And their other friend Turkey was killed by the Ducky Boys.]] Meanwhile [[spoiler: The Baldies are all gone serving in Vietnam]], the life of being in a street gang is getting ''more'' violent, and the feeling of New York City changing for the worse heading into TheSixties and TheSeventies hovers over the ending.
* ComingOfAge
* DirtyCoward: The Wanderers and Del-Bombers who split before the fight with the Ducky Boys. Averted by members of the Wongs, who join in with the remaining Wanderers and Del-Bombers even when it wasn't their fight.
* DuelingMovies: With ''Film/TheWarriors'', believe it or not.
* EndOfAnAge
* ForTheEvulz: The Ducky Boys.
* GangsterLand
* GrievousHarmWithABody: [[http://i.imgur.com/Xi4Tf6A.jpg Observe]].
* HugeGuyTinyGirl: Terror and Peewee
* {{Hustler}}: The bowling team from Long Island.
* ImprovisedWeapon: Plenty, during the final fight with the Ducky Boys.
* LaserGuidedKarma: Turkey.
* LonerTurnedFriend: Perry with the whole gang, specially with Joey and Richie.
* OneOfTheBoys: Peewee
* PrecisionFStrike: Don't fuck with the Baldies/Wongs.
* TheMafia: Richie's father-in-law.
** The gang fight between the Wanderers and Del-Bombers get taken over by both the Italian and Black mafias and turned into a football match that the mobsters could bet over.
** At the end of the movie, it's obvious that Richie is getting too old to be with the Wanderers and will promote upward into his father-in-law's gang.
* TheSixties: The movie takes place in 1963, as the culture of TheFifties gives way to this one. [[spoiler:Towards the end of the film, UsefulNotes/JohnFKennedy is assassinated, the Baldies all drunkenly signed up for [[VietnamWar Vietnam]], and Richie watches as the proto-hippie girl he liked leaves him to go watch some new folk singer named Music/BobDylan perform. The movie itself ends with Joey and Perry fleeing for California in the footsteps of Joey's favorite author JackKerouac.]]
* WhiteGangBangers
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