Wanderers (1979)

Wanderers (1979)

Director: Philip Kaufman Cast: Ken Wahl, John Friedrich, Karen Allen

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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/28/2017
UPC: 0738329208912
Original Release: 1979
Rating: R
Source: Kl Studio Classics
Region Code: 1
Time: 1:57:00
Sales rank: 3,775

Special Features

Audio commentary by co-writer and director Philip Kaufman; Audio commentary by Columbia University film professor, Annette Insdorf; Back to the Bronx with Richard Price featurette; Wanderers Forever - live Q&A at NYC's Film Forum with Karen Allen, Toni Kalem, Tony Ganios And Richard Price; The Wanderers Q&A at LA's Cinefamily with Philip Kaufman, Alan Rosenberg and Peter Kaufman; Audio Q&A at NYC's Film Forum with Philip Kaufman and Richard Price; Introduction by Karen Allen, Toni Kalem and Tony Ganios; Original theatrical trailers and TV spots

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ken Wahl Richie
John Friedrich Joey
Karen Allen Nina
Linda Manz Peewee
Toni Kalem Despie Galasso
Tony Ganios Perry
Alan Rosenberg Turkey
Jim Youngs Buddy
William Andrews Emilio
Erland Van Lidth Terror
Val Avery Mr. Sharp
Dolph Sweet Chubby Galasso
Michael Wright Clinton
Konrad Sheehan Actor
Burtt Harris Marine Recruiter
Samm-Art Williams Roger
Dion Albanese Teddy Wong
Olympia Dukakis Joey's Mom
Rosemary de Angelis Waitress
Ken Foree Black Sportsman
Sally Anne Golden Crying Woman
Leon Grant Boo Boo
Jery Hewitt Bowler
Adam Kimmel Folk Singer
Tara King Pretty Girl
Faith Minton Big Lady
Bruce Nozick Dushie
Frank Ferera Wanderer
Alan Braunstein Ducky Boy Leader
Tony Munafo Tony
Richard Price Bowling Bankroller

Technical Credits
Philip Kaufman Director,Screenwriter
Fred Caruso Associate Producer
Michael Chapman Cinematographer
Robert de Mora Costumes/Costume Designer
Edward Gold Camera Operator
Alan Hopkins Asst. Director
Steve James Stunts
Rose Kaufman Screenwriter
Steve Maslow Sound/Sound Designer
John J. Moore Production Designer
Bob O'Bradovich Makeup
Stuart H. Pappe Editor
Martin Ransohoff Producer
Ronald Roose Editor
Scott Rudin Casting
Richard St. Johns Executive Producer
Thomas Tonery Set Decoration/Design

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Wanderers - Theatrical Cut
1. Chapter 1 [10:10]
2. Chapter 2 [16:22]
3. Chapter 3 [12:23]
4. Chapter 4 [14:36]
5. Chapter 5 [19:26]
6. Chapter 6 [11:22]
7. Chapter 7 [18:09]
8. Chapter 8 [14:19]
Disc #2 -- The Wanderers - Preview Cut
1. Chapter 1
2. Chapter 2
3. Chapter 3
4. Chapter 4
5. Chapter 5
6. Chapter 6
7. Chapter 7
8. Chapter 8

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Wanderers 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This has to be the best of a bunch of gang movies coming out in the late 1970's. It was a lot more realistic than most. Plus you can't beat the sound track with Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons.