The Wanderers

Synopsis: Set against the urban jungle of 1963 New York's gangland subculture, this coming of age teenage movie is set around the Italian gang the Wanderers. Slight comedy, slight High School angst and every bit entertaining with its classic 1950's Rock n' Roll soundtrack such as "Walk Like a Man", "Big Girls Don't Cry" by The Four Seasons and "My Boyfriend's Back" by The Angels. Focusing around a football game where the different gangs play with and against each other, then at its grand finale, come together in a mass of union to defend their honour and their turf. Nostalgic stuff and above all a Rock n' Roll retrospective on a grand musical era. Timeless.
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Philip Kaufman
Production: Warner Home Video
  1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
112 min

Do you know what true love means?

Do you know what that'll mean...

...standing up by the person

who takes your hand?

- I'm close.

- Oh, Richie!

You just want one thing.

When you're done, it'll be all over for us.

- I brought some of these.

- No!

- Not yet.

- What do you mean, '"not yet'"?

Half hour? Five years?

You always say, '"not yet.'"

Not yet!

A guy could die from this.

You want to be responsible for that?

- I'll do it with my hands.

- No.

I could do it with my hand.

Richie, I got my reputation to worry about.

You're a guy. Guys don't have to

worry about their reputations.

- But Despie, I love you.

- Oh, you love me?

Richie, I love you.

I love you.

Oh, Richie!



Turkey, is that you?

- What happened, man?

- What are you talking about?

What did you do to yourself now?

- What's wrong with you?

- What are you talking about?

I shaved my head.

I got to go talk to those guys over there.

Listen to me!

I got you in the Wanderers.

I thought you was my friend.

I am your friend.

You don't need those guys.

You're a Wanderer.

You can't be a Wanderer for graduation.

I'm thinking about the future, Joey!

I'll be a Fordham Baldie.

Wait and see. The Baldies got it made.

Those guys look like a bunch

of Neanderthal retards. Look at them.

Are you kidding?

Those are the Fordham Baldies, Joey!

They shave their heads so their hair

won't get in their eyes when they fight.

Nobody fucks with the Baldies, man.

Those guys look like

a bunch of pricks with ears.

What did you just say?

- I ain't talking to you. Scram!

- Easy, Joey.

Hey, Peewee.

Joey, this is Peewee.

She's head of the Baldies' Ladies Auxiliary.

That's Terror's woman.

She goes with Terror.

How you doing, Peewee?

- What did you just say?

- Nothing, Peewee.

I ain't talking to you!

What did you just say about pricks?

I said, '"pricks with ears.'"

Terror, this a**hole said we look like

a bunch of pricks with ears.

He didn't say that, did you, Joey?

- Oh, yeah, then what did he say?

- I didn't say that.

I didn't say you guys looked

like a bunch of pricks with ears.

I said you looked like

a bunch of ears without pricks!

Terror, how you doing?

- Can I talk to you?

- Get him!

When I get a hold of your ass...

Let me alone. I like you guys.

Come on, Turkey, come on!

Let's get these motherfuckers!

Come on, Terror!

Wait till I catch you, you skinny prick!

Come on, Terror!

Look at them go!

Hey, you! Come back, you creep!

- Oh, sh*t!

- What's wrong?

I gotta go.

- What?

- I gotta go.

It sounds like a Wanderer's in trouble.

A what?

You should be careful, now.

Hey, Buddy! Somebody's in trouble!

Looks like we're gonna

have to stomp some ass.

- What?

- It's Joey and Turkey.

Joey, don't worry.

We'll pummel whoever's following you!

The Baldies!

Baldies? Sh*t! Let's get out of here!


Joey, what did we do?

Nothing! They just started chasing me.

Cut it out, a**hole!

Easy, easy, free Turkey, man.

This little guy don't mean no harm, man.

He's just a f***ing idiot.

Leave the kid alone.

You say something, mother...

Hey! You hear me? I'm talking to you.

Leave the kid alone.

You know who you're talking to, a**hole?

Beat it. Nobody fucks with the Baldies.


Leave the kid alone.

Got you.

Your ass is grass, motherf***er.

- Beat it, you scumbag!

- Joey, what's wrong with you?


You'd better watch your mouth, kid.

Stay back.

They shaved your head, Turkey?

- Yeah, they shaved his head.

- Oh, Jesus.

I didn't think I'd see the day when Terror

backed down to anybody like that.

Did you see how chickenshit he was?

He wasn't chickenshit, Joey.

Terror ain't chickenshit of nobody.

He's just waiting for the right time.

Are you kidding?

Did you see what this guy did here?

- Where'd he go?

- Hey, come back here, man!

Where'd that guy go?


I'm strong.

Leave the kid...



It's you.

I've been looking all over for you.

Where did you go?

I want to thank you.

What you did back there was great.

Forget about it.

You shouldn't have wised off

to those guys.

But I don't like to see big guys

pick on little guys. Know what I mean?

I can take care of myself, all right?

Sure you can.

What are you doing here

waiting for my elevator?

- I'm waiting to go home.

- You live here?

This building?

Hey, what floor?

- Four.

- I live on four.

You're the new people, right?

My mom told me that.

How do you like that? We're neighbors.

I'm Joey.

- Perry.

- Perry.

Hey, where is it!

Where is it, you bastards on the fifth floor!

I know what you're doing up there.


Excuse me, ma'am.

I heard about your old man, how he died.

The Wanderers are the guys

to get in with around here.

We've got a great football team,

great athletes, lots of girls.

Maybe you can join up,

I'll show you around, okay?

Okay, thanks.

You got to get into a gang.

You just ain't safe unless...

This is my father, Emilio, and this is...

I told you not to be talking in the hallway!

Perry? Darling, is that you?

Yeah, it's me, Ma.

Would you mind running down

to the store and getting me something?

Don't worry, sweetie.

They won't ask you for I.D.


Under sunny skies, WNCA, New York City.

Good morning.

You've got to lock your doors around here.

Great car, great car. Come on, we're late.

You get to drive your mother's car

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Rose Kaufman

Rose Kaufman (née Fisher; March 30, 1939 – December 7, 2009) was an American screenwriter who co-wrote the screenplays of The Wanderers (1979) and Henry & June (1990) with her husband, writer-director Philip Kaufman. more…

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