Monday, April 19, 2010

The Wanderers (1979)

4 comments:

mikeovswinton said...

Film might be a heap of dreck, but the title is the best, and will be found on my heart when I die. Incidentally, there was a do-wop group of the same name in which I believe the Northern Soul Hero Ray Pollard learned his trade. Check out "The Drifter", one of the genre's finest.

Darren said...

You didn't like the film? I didn't mind it.

I'm surprised it took me so long to see it. It was one of those films in the eighties when I was a kid that you were supposed to have seen. (A double video bill with Quadrophenia.)

I read Richard Price's book years ago so I don't know if the film holds up well to the book, but it was interesting to see on the wiki page that Price himself liked the film.

mikeovswinton said...

Sorry. Computer on blink yesterday.
No- I've never seen the film. It could be dreck, as I said, or it could be brilliant. Its just the title that does it for me.
I thought I saw Barry Norman give it 3 and a half thumbs up on Film 79, but was there another one out at the roughly the same time called The Warriors?

Darren said...

IMHO, Wanderers is neither dreck nor brilliant but, if it pops up on the tv, it's worth checking out.

On the other hand, The Warriors is a wonderful film. Utter schlock but enjoyable none the less. I saw it at an impressionable age - 10 or 11 - which may explain why I'm happy to disregard its shortcomings 25+ years on.

It's based on a 1965 novel by Sol Yurick which is a lot darker and more gritty than the film.

I understand that Tony Scott is doing a remake. I'm guessing it'll be schlockier than Walter Hill's film, and even further away from the original source novel.