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Wanderers, The (1979)

wanderers_003Two rival teenage gangs fight for supremacy in 1960s New York, but the leader of one group faces moving into the adult world of organised crime, under his mobster father.

An early film from Philip Kaufman who went on to direct the likes of The Right Stuff (1983) and The Unbearable Lightness of Being (1988).

Though less lauded than the broadly similar American Graffiti (1973), and more variable in its tone and quality (it’s a bit episodic), this tale of the high-school life of a bunch of Italian-American kids in New York’s Bronx in the early 1960s remains thoroughly entertaining.

Indeed, in some quarters it has become something of a retro cult fave.

Of its stars (Ken Wahl, Karen Allen, John Friedrich), only Allen really went on to bigger if not necessarily better things, playing the love interest in Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) and Starman.

Richie
Ken Wahl
Joey
John Friedrich
Nina
Karen Allen
Despie Galasso
Toni Kalem
Turkey
Alan Rosenberg
Buddy
Jim Youngs
Perry
Tony Ganios
Peewee
Linda Manz

Director
Philip Kaufman

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