Parents' Guide to

The Warriors

By Alistair Lawrence, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

'70s cult action thriller has strong language, violence.

Movie R 1979 92 minutes
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age 13+

The Warriors movie should be rated PG-13 for some strong language including 9 f bombs and Moderate violence including a scene where Swan throws a knife at Luther's hand but the blood is unrealistic. And my favorite movies of all time.

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An unlikely retelling of the Ancient Greek history text Anabasis, The Warriors was adapted from the book of the same name in 1979 and has enjoyed cult status ever since. Its iconic production design creates a New York like no other, as Swan (Michael Beck) leads his cohort through a night filled with rival gangs who give them a series of hostile receptions, after Swan and the other Warriors are framed for murder.

The plot is lean and straightforward, so anyone looking for a complex story and characters will be left disappointed. But it remains watchable after all these years because of its story world -- a vivid mix of cartoonish costumes and grubby street violence that plays out against a backdrop that's pure fantasy. While some of its portrayals of race and gender are aged by their era, the characters' friendships and loyalties largely ignore their social and ethnic differences. Often remembered for its catchy 1970s score and soundtrack, the movie's dark sense of humor and adventure will forever lie at the center of its appeal.

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