The 1979 classic The Warriors is more popular now than it has ever been. And the main cast was on the scene for a special event celebrating the movie at Coney Island. Michael Beck (Swan), David Harris (Cochise), Dorsey Wright (Cleon), Terry Michos (Vermin) and Thomas G. Waites (Fox) were all in attendance to meet fans and regale audiences with memories of making the Walter Hill cult masterpiece. They even recreated their iconic subway ride. The film still has an impact on fans to this day, 36 years after its release, and has even spawned actual gangs who've made Coney Island their turf.
The original cast of The Warriors met back up on the Q Train on September 13, taking one last ride together into Coney Island. There, hundreds of fans awaited the street soldiers. It was these same fans who had organized this event in a DIY push to reunite the stars all in one place. Michael Beck, known as the head-Warrior-in-charge, assured Rolling Stone that Coney Island had changed a lot since 1978, and that the subways were a lot different back in the day.
The fans flanked the original Warriors, many of them wearing the same brown leather vests made iconic by the movie. One attendee described Warriors as a social club for Coney Island. Many street gangs in the area have pulled direct inspiration from the cult classic. Especially the idea that brotherhood will reign over all odds. And that idea fits the cast, who have remained close over the course of the past 37 years, since the movie was shot on location in Coney Island and around New York. About the experience, Michael Beck stated the following.
"I just love being here with all the fans. I see kids coming here, eight years old, and I go 'How do you even know about this movie. I found out something today. One of the stunt guys who played one of the Furies, he came up to me and told me, 'Thirty-seven years ago, you broke three of my ribs with a baseball bat.' I told him I was sorry. I didn't mean to."
You can check out video of the original Warriors recreating their iconic subway ride. Rolling Stone also conducted interviews with some of the reunited cast. We also get a look at some of the fans who dressed up for the event, and even learn more about some of the youth clubs and street gangs in New York who were directly influenced by the cult movie.
In The Warriors, a turf battle between New York City street gangs rages from Coney Island to the Bronx. The Warriors are mistakenly fingered for the killing of a gang leader during a big peace rally. Soon, they have every gang in the city out to get revenge and they must make their way across back to their own turf. Released in 1979, the film was an instant hit. Though it spurred a wave of violence at theaters across the country, promoting Paramount to pull all advertising and release theater owners from any contractual obligations. Demand was high, the film stayed in theaters, and the rest is history.