Sep 22, 2009

The Wanderers

Films about gangs and criminals have no doubt attracted degenerate youth all across America. These are films where young gangstas find their true models and messiahs. To see this pathetic trend, one only has to go to an urban area (and most rural areas) on a busy day and see how many youths are sporting a Scarface or 50 Cent shirt. Call me crazy, but I think Tony Montana is a piece of erratic trash (that ultimately fails). I am also not sure whether or not I would even give 50 Cent the title of “Sub-Man” because he just seems much lower than that. Sadly, to the bottom feeding males of our society, criminals with money are always going to be their greatest heroes because that is as best as these individuals (that lack individuality) can strive for. I do believe, however, that all young males (no matter what type of background) form a “gang” in some form or manner, as it is natural. The “gang” members featured in the 1979 film The Wanderers are certainly of a more “mellow” nature.

The main gang featured in The Wanderers is a group of young Italian-Americans greasers known as “The Wanderers.” This gang is not full of your typical dego wops, but a more “gentle” group of garlic lovers. I was looking for something more stereotypical of these gangster Italian-Americans, but they ultimately act like a bunch of whiney Jews who complain about not being able to get laid. Maybe Martin Scorsese should have directed The Wanderers instead of Philip Kaufman. Despite The Wanderers gang being the main gang in the film, I found myself more interested in the lesser shown gangs.

The Fordham Baldies is the “toughest” gang in The Wanderers. These guys are sort of proto-skinhead types that sport leather jackets to match their equally shiny shaved heads. This gang seems to be a mixture of WASP types with a token beefy Negro for good measure. Although the Baldies are much more interesting than the Wanderers, my favorite gang in The Wanderers is easily the Duck Boys. The Duck Boys are an all Irish gang of silent psychopath leprechauns that sport raggedy working-class clothes. This gang of murdering Catholics gave a new meaning to the no longer used word “mick.” The other two gangs featured in The Wanderers, The Wongs (Chinese) and The Del Bombers (Black), were of really no interest.

The Wanderers was a film that obviously attempted to make something nostalgic out of early 1960s NYC gangs. Unfortunately, the film was too weak in it’s portrayal of that era. Still, I found The Wanderers to be a breath of fresh area in comparison to your contemporary “KILLZ EVREE MUDHA FUCKA” gang film that has become so common in Hollywood. I know the producers in Hollywood have no interest in criminal violence (only white collar stuff), so why do they find it so necessary to expose already degenerate youths to it?!?

-Ty E


jervaise brooke hamster said...

I always wondered w-heather that ludicrous fat bastard Erland Van Lidth (who snuffed it just 4 months before heather) actually got to bugger linda on the set of this movie (by the way, i didn`t say linda`s surname because i`m so murderously homo-phobic).

Derek said...

From your review it sounds like a mix between The Warriors and Who's That Knocking At My Door?

Does that sound right?

naktolakis said...

I don't know what is "Who's That Knocking At My Door?", but in my opinion it's closer not to the explotaition of The Warriors, but to identity crisis and meaning found in being in subculture/gang of Quadrophenia. Even the main character in his physical appereance and portrayal of weak personality is very similar of that in Quadrophenia.

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Soiled Sinema said...

Derek- haha that does sound fairly accurate. I never thought of it that way.

jervaise brooke hamster said...

I know this hasn`t got anything to do with the wanderers but its just that i thought i should tell you something rather important: "RICKY GERVAIS IS A PILE OF RANCID PATHETIC BRITISH DOG-SHIT AND HE SHOULD BE AVOIDED LIKE THE PLAGUE", i just thought you should know that.

Lord of Filth said...

This is one of those movies that I always wanted to see when I was younger, never got around to it. I may make a concerted effort to find a copy though.

Derek said...

naktolakis- it was one of the most anti climactic street gang movies. It was Scorcese's precursor to Mean Streets and it was mainly guys talking about jesus and Harvey Keitel being pissed his girlfriend got raped before he could marry her and have sex with her. Therfore she was a whore and the movie's over.