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Screen: Special Showings

The Warriors

When: Fri., Feb. 12 2016


What better way to kick off Valentine's Day weekend than by watching a seventies action-thriller about a bunch of gangs running loose all over New York City? (Hear us out!) The Warriors, Walter Hill's pulpy, sweltering odyssey about a Coney Island crew that spends one down-and-dirty night dodging rival gangs and looking for the killers who framed them for the murder of a powerful gang leader, had folks shaking in their Earth Shoes in 1979. Tragic, possibly gang-related ruckuses broke out during a few screenings in California and Boston, and people assumed more gang violence would follow at other theaters. When Village Voice critic Andrew Sarris attended a showing unmarked by violence, he didn't get all the hubbub, saying the movie "looks as if Fritz Lang had directed The Wiz." With negative reviews and meager box-office receipts, The Warriors wound up as an over-the-top curiosity rather than a controversial smash. Nevertheless, it went on to become a cult favorite, with its most chuckle-worthy quotes ("Can ... you ... dig it?", "Warriors—come out to play-eyyyy!") popping up anywhere and everywhere, from Puff Daddy songs to Shaquille O'Neal interviews. —Craig D. Lindsey

THE RIALTO, RALEIGH, 11:30 p.m., $5,

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