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Nite Owl 50th Anniversary: The Warriors (1979)

Opens on July 19

Director: Walter Hill Run Time: 93 min. Rating: R Release Year: 1979

Starring: David Harris, David Patrick Kelly, Dorsey Wright, James Remar, Michael Beck

Country: United States
Language: English

Columbus late-night legend, Fritz The Nite Owl will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the original 10tv show by hosting the 1979 cult classic, The Warriors. The film will screen, breaking every 20 minutes or so for Fritz’s on screen host segments providing trivia about the making of the film and other fun anecdotes. Learn more about Nite Owl Theatre here.

Admission is $15 for Nite Owl 50th Anniversary presentations.

About the film:

A battle of gigantic proportions is looming in the neon underground of New York City. The armies of the night number 100,000; they outnumber the police 5 to 1; and tonight they are after the Warriors – a street gang blamed unfairly for a rival gang leader’s death.

The action takes place at night, underground, in the sub-culture of gang warfare that rages from Coney Island to Manhattan to the Bronx. Members of the Warriors fight for their lives, seek to survive in the urban jungle and learn the meaning of loyalty.

“No one could have predicted it would be considered one of the greatest ‘cult classics’ in film history… there isn’t a living director that can capture what made this movie work!”

—Dante James, Film Threat

Based on Sol Yurick’s 1965 novel of the same name, which he based on “Anabasis” by Xenophon (who died in 350 BC) about Greek mercenaries sent to seize the Persian throne. The result is an intense and stylized film marking a dazzling achievement for cinematographer Andrew Laszlo.

About the filmmaker: 

Walter Hill is an American film director, screenwriter, and producer known for his action films and revival of the Western genre. His work includes directing the feature films The Warriors (1979), Hard Times (1975), The Driver (1978), Red Heat (1988), Last Man Standing (1996), Undisputed (2002), and Bullet to the Head (2012), as well as writing the screenplay for the Jim Thompson crime drama The Getaway (1994) starring Steve McQueen and directed by Sam Peckinpah. He also produced the Alien films and directed several episodes of television series such as Tales from the Crypt and Deadwood.

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