June 17, 2011
An Appreciation of The Baseball Furies or: Thoughts on The Warriors (1979)
I often wonder what their back-story was. Did they live at home? Did they dress that way all the time? How do you actually become a Fury? Is there some sort of initiation process? Do you have to actually LIKE baseball?
Now, let me mention a few things about the Warriors themselves. They were all way too pretty to be a street gang. I didn't buy them for one second - Michael Beck was just too cute, too angular and too willowy to be the gang's "warlord". Plus, he went on to do Xanadu and that totally ruined any chances of creating a respectable form of street cred.
One of the highlights of the film was all of the different themed gangs. It was amazing...EVERYONE had their own gang! There was the girl gang, the Lizzies, that were pretty great. Then those skinhead guys, the Orphans (losers). I kept hoping that there would be a gay gang, called the Cupcakes or the Marys or something. Or a gang of rogue, celebrity impersonators...bad ones, of course.
Apparently, when the movie came out, real life street gangs would go and start fights and riots. Now that would have been a true movie viewing experience.
Whatever it may be, I will remain forever and hopelessly devoted to my boys.