“Warr-ee-yors … Come out to play-eee!” from “The Warriors” (1979) dir. Walter Hill


Yes, it’s the infamous scene where Crazy Luther … rattling three glass bottles together … challenges the beleaguered, but strong street gang the Warriors to a final battle. Luther, played by David Patrick Kelly, based this infamous taunt/intimidation on a neighborhood crazy Kelly grew up with who was always screwing with Kelly for some reason or another back in the day.  My other thought about this scene is how much I still have a crush on Deborah Van Valkenburgh.

As to “The Warriors,” it’s one of the best action films ever made. Try to see if you can hunt down the original theatrical version instead of director Walter Hill’s revised “director’s cut” which frames the action within comic book frames. Seriously, the film is already a comic book, why would you call extra, unneeded attention to this?

Enough already with these delusional Boomer film directors and their “improvements” on films that don’t need it.   As the creators, they can do whatever they want, but don’t make the originals … the ones that I remember seeing and loving … impossible to see. Lucky for me, I managed to track down a theatrical cut DVD three years ago at a Hollywood Video that was going out of business and selling off its inventory.

“The Boys are Back in Town” – Bus Boys


Continuing the Walter Hill thread from the last post is this seminal R&B song prominently used in Hill’s 1982 film “48 Hours” The film featured Eddie Murphy’s debut as a film actor and 30 years later, is still one of the most electrifying debut performances in movie history. The song is amazing and the Bus Boys, a tremendously underrated R&B / rock band from the early 1980s, were like the Blasters, albeit with more of a Stax-Volt feel.  Another great band that didn’t fit into any prescribed niche and therefore, slipped through the cracks commercially.

“Tonight is What it Means to be Young” from “Streets of Fire” dir. Walter Hill (1984)

OK, I’m blaming the selection of this guilty pleasure on my daughter’s theater group doing “Les Miserables” this week. Let’s just say I’ve been feeling a little “Fosse” the last few days and if you give me any s–t about it, I will post Neil Diamond’s horrendously inappropriate cover of “I Dreamed a Dream” to punish you. Don’t think I won’t do it.

Anyway, I’ve always liked this song and the movie it came from (“Streets of Fire”). Arguably, Jim Steinman’s finest hour as a writer/producer. And even if you don’t like it, you can see Diane Lane strutting her stuff (NEVER a bad thing!), while Michael Pare, Willem Dafoe, Robert Townsend, Mykelti Williamson, and Lee Ving (from the beyond politically-incorrect punk band Fear) do their thing in the background.