2016-10-05 / Front Page

The Warriors Come Out To Play For Coney Island Reunion

By Jason D. Antos

A cast member of The Warriors signs a fans replica gang vest like the ones worn in the film. PHOTOS JASON D. ANTOSA cast member of The Warriors signs a fans replica gang vest like the ones worn in the film. PHOTOS JASON D. ANTOSInspired by Homer's the Odyssey and Anabasis, author Sol Yurick penned his 1965 pulp classic The Warriors. Fourteen years later it was adapted into one of the greatest cult movie classics of all time. The book and film chronicled the pilgrimage of a gang of leather-clad street kids as they fought their way through the The Bronx and Queens (parts of Astoria were used in the film) to get back to their home turf...Coney Island as they are pursued by every gang in the city who mistakenly accuse them of killing Cyrus the leader of all the city's gangs.

Although panned by critics after its debut in the summer of 1979, The Warriors became a hit The original sets from The Warriors reproduced in Lego by Dio Jackson. The artist specializes in custom brick sets and can be reached via email at rockysbrickyard@gmail.comThe original sets from The Warriors reproduced in Lego by Dio Jackson. The artist specializes in custom brick sets and can be reached via email at rockysbrickyard@gmail.comwith audiences around the world especially in New York City where each borough was dealing with its own growing and aggressive gang problem.

Now, more than three decades after the film’s theatrical release, the Warriors are once again making their way back to Brooklyn. On September 13, for one day only, members of the original cast will reunite at the Surf Pavilion on Coney Island.

“Bringing the boys back to Brooklyn is a dream come true for movie lovers everywhere,” said Eric Nyenhuis, an actor and film producer who organized the reunion.

Actress Wanda Velez played the member of the all girl gang known as The Lizzies. Actress Wanda Velez played the member of the all girl gang known as The Lizzies. More than 1,000 loyal fans came to the Surf Pavilion to witness the historic event.

And yes, they were all there. All the Warriors including Swan, Ajax, Cochise and Fox came to sing autographs and shake the hands of thousands of loyal fans.

A number of other minor yet memorable characters from gangs like the Orphans, the Lizzies and the Punks were also attendance. 

“This event is one of the greatest things I have been involved in," said Michael Beck, the actor who played the gang’s leader and "war chief,” Swan.

"Today is truly historic."

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