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Movie The Warriors Walter Hill (1979)
In the midst of a resurgence after a long decline that began after World War II, Coney Island found itself at the end of the 1970s in the limelight thanks to The Warriors, the third film by Walter Hill. A double-edged advertisement...
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When he decided to adapt Sol Yurick’s novel, Walter Hill intended to make a film that he felt was “too extreme and bizarre” for the studios. But after reworking the script and reducing the budget, Paramount agrees to launch production. Based in New York, in Riverside Park, Central Park, Union Square or Long Island City and Breezy Point in Queens, Walter Hill’s team lingers on Coney Island, which is still far from having regained its full glory. The bad reputation of the place is still prevalent and one generally avoids lingering there at night, as the gangs have a habit of spawning there when the tourists have returned to their hotels.

The Warriors is about a huge confrontation in New York between several armed gangs. The story naturally finds its place in the alleys of Coney Island, on the boardwalk. One scene even takes place under the boards of the promenade, where it is no longer possible to take refuge today. The location also hosts a large part of the film’s conclusion. To make sure his filming went smoothly, Walter Hill hired a real gang, the Mongrels, for $500 a day. It was even considered to enlist a real clan member to play one of the main roles.

Strongly criticized, considered as an incitement to revolt, The Warriors nevertheless became a cult, counting among its fans a certain Ronald Reagan. Ranked among the twenty-five most controversial feature films in history, it is as much a part of Coney Island legend as the hot dog. On the boardwalk, it is still possible to buy a t-shirt from the film between two roller coaster rides…

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The Warriors was banned for under 17s when it was released in theaters.

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The Warriors on the Coney Island Boardwalk. All rights reserved: Paramount Pictures.

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Now back in favor with New Yorkers and tourists, Coney Island has had a complicated history.

An iconic Brooklyn amusement park, Coney Island became a fashionable place as early as 1860. Hotels, amusement rides and horse racing tracks flourished at the pace of a boom that was greatly helped by the installation, at the beginning of the 20th... Learn more about Coney Island Boardwalk Garden

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By Gilles Rolland

Wednesday, December 15, 2021

Passionné de cinéma, de rock and roll, de séries TV et de littérature. Rédacteur de presse et auteur des livres Le Heavy Metal au cinéma, Paroles de fans Guns N' Roses, Paroles de fans Rammstein et Welcome to my Jungle : 100 albums rock et autres anecdotes dépareillées. Adore également voyager à la recherche des lieux les plus emblématiques de la pop culture.

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