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There is such little glory in a poor man's lifeThe Warriors is a cult 1979 crime/action movie that tells the story of nine members of New York street gang known as the Coney Island Warriors, based on the 1965 novel by Sol Yurick.The movie starts with the Warriors going to the Bronx to attend a summit called by Cyrus, the intelligent and charismatic leader of New York's most powerful street gang. Cyrus has an ambitious proposal: unite every single street gang into an army capable of taking on the cops, the mob, and anyone else who gets in their way. In the midst of his speech to the mass of assembled gangsters, however, Cyrus is shot and killed, and the Warriors are framed for it. As the police converge on the scene, all of the Warriors except for their leader Cleon manage to escape, but they are now faced with a nearly impossible task: trying to make their way from literally one end of New York City to the other while being hunted by every gang member in the city, as well as the cops.Notable for being very loosely based on Xenophon's Anabasis.Because the film was about street gangs, when it was shown in theatres, it tended to attract members of actual street gangs. A number of theatres had to have extra security on hand after several riots broke out with rival gangs in some cities (most notably, Los Angeles) where it was shown. Interestingly enough, there were no reported riots involving the film in New York City.More than 25 years after the film came out, it was used as the basis for a video game that has been generally considered to be a spectacular aversion of The Problem with Licensed Games.
He works for his money, and he takes a wife
But a poor man's son can be a hero in the night
With a fist full of anger, and the will to fight
— Desmond Child, "Last of an Ancient Breed"
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