40 Years Ago Today: The Warriors (1979)
But there's an important idea here:We have the numbers, if we vote, to unseat those responsible for the status quo; responsible for -- in the era of the movie -- the city that is falling down and failing its citizenry. Unfortunately, in the tradition of inspirational real-life leaders like Martin Luther King Jr., and Robert Kennedy, The Warriors' Cyrus is brutally gunned down before his Utopian new order can come to pass. At his death, those formerly in unity turn on each other, and foster only deeper disunity. Without the leadership of The One, the gangs turn on their own kind.
On the contrary, this is a visceral, action-packed thriller, and there's a real uplifting, inspiring side to the picture too.
Like Cyrus, the Warriors (and by extension the audience itself) must have the vision to imagine what a better world could look like...and pursue that vision no matter the cost. For Swan and Mercy, perhaps, finding each other is the first step towards that unseen Utopia.
In part (personally speaking), this is what the exploration of cinema is for...for finding and excavating such moments.