The Warriors, made in 1979 it is one of the most iconic movies of its decade. My dad has talked about it for as long as I can remember, it’s one of my boyfriend’s favourite movies, and it has a killer soundtrack. Despite being told to watch it a million times, it wasn’t until a few years ago that I actually did. I’ll give you a quick summary if you’ve never seen it.
The movie is set in New York City. There are a bunch of gangs running around, each with their own members and leaders of said members. Each gang has a safe spot in the city. When a gang is in their safe spot, no other gang can hurt them. Now, there’s one guy who is the leader of all the gangs. His name is Cyrus and everyone has respect for him. One night when all the gangs come together for a meeting with Cyrus, someone ends up murdering him. All of the gangs can’t believe someone would do this to their leader, and somehow The Warriors get blamed for it. The rest of the movie is all about how the Warriors are trying to get back to their home base while avoiding the cops and other gangs who want to kill them for “killing” Cyrus, all while trying to clear their name.
Now that you have an idea of what the movie is about, now let’s talk about the soundtrack. It’s described as funk, sub-disco, and hard rock. Let’s look at one of the songs, my favourite one of the movie.
Nowhere To Run by Arnold McCuller
This song sticks out to me because of the way it is integrated into the movie. As all the gangs are running around the city looking for The Warriors, one of the more powerful gangs is informing a local radio DJ of what is going on. Scenes with her are scattered throughout the movie, basically giving the audience information on where The Warriors are during different points. When the hunt for the gang first begins, she plays this song on the radio, informing The Warriors that they can’t run forever.
If you want to see the scene I’m talking about, here it is.
Pay attention to the music and you’ll see why this is such a perfect way of using music in a movie to move the plot along. Now, go watch this whole movie and have a good weekend.