Films about gangs and criminals have no doubt attracted degenerate youth all across
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