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The year 1979 saw an epidemic of American street-gang films, including Phil Kaufman's hit period drama The Wanderers. Set in the Bronx in 1963, the film concerns the titular gang of Italian-American teens and their ongoing power struggle with the rival "Fordham Baldies." Richard Price, upon whose novel this film was based, drew from his own experiences to weave his tale. Essentially a series of anecdotes-some tension-filled, some amusing -- The Wanderers climaxes on the occasion of the J.F.K. assassination, which for Price and hundreds and thousands of his aimless contemporaries served as a wake-up call. Viewed from the vantage point of the 1990s, one would wish that the current street gangs be shocked into adulthood with such suddenness (though not through the same tragic means). Ken Wahl, Karen Allen, and Linda Manz are among the standout performers in this richly detailed period piece. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:July 4, 1979

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Venice International Film Festival Philip Kaufman Film Presented 1979 Nominee

Cast

Ken Wahl
as Richie
John Friedrich
as Joey
Karen Allen
as Nina
Toni Kalem
as Despie Galasso
Alan Rosenberg
as Turkey
Jim Youngs
as Buddy
Tony Ganios
as Perry
Val Avery
as Mr. Sharp
Dolph Sweet
as Chubby Galasso
Michael Wright
as Clinton
Burtt Harris
as Marine Recruiter
Adam Kimmel
as Folk Singer
Richard Price
as Bowling Bankroller
Olympia Dukakis
as Joey's Mom
Ken Foree
as Black Sportsman
Tony Munafo
as Tony
Leon Grant
as Boo Boo
Faith Minton
as Big Lady
Alan Braunstein
as Ducky Boy Leader
Dion Albanese
as Teddy Wong
Frank Ferrara
as Wanderer
Jery Hewitt
as Bowler
Bruce Nozick
as Dushie
Tara King
as Pretty Girl
Rosemary de Angelis
as Waitress
Konrad Sheehan

Crew

Philip Kaufman
Director
Martin Ransohoff
Producer
Philip Kaufman
Screenwriter
Richard Price
Book Author
Rose Kaufman
Screenwriter
Michael Chapman
Cinematographer
Ronald Roose
Editor
Stuart H. Pappe
Editor
Steve Maslow
Sound/Sound Designer
Edward Gold
Camera Operator
Steve James
Stunts
Scott Rudin
Casting
Bob O'Bradovich
Makeup
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