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Similar in theme to both John Carpenter's Escape From New York and Walter Hill's The Warriors, the film features a "forbidden zone" within New York's Bronx district, abandoned by the police and controlled by various street gangs who maintain a fragile semblance of order through turf lines. When a young girl, about to inherit a vastly powerful arms company runs away into the territory, a psychotic mercenary is sent in to retrieve her, turning the Bronx into a war zone.
Although fairly dated now, Bronx Warriors was ahead of the competition at its time of release in 1983 with a powerful synthesised music score, a highly innovative credits sequence (montage of various street gang paraphenalia) and a very effective opening scene involving a vicious fight between the Riders and the Zombies gangs while 17 year old Anne cowers in terror watching the carnage unfold, momentarily forgotten by the gang members before being given protection by the Riders' leader Trash.
Number one on the American Billboard charts for 3 weeks in 1983, the movie has retained a cult following spawning both a sequel in 1985 (Escape From the Bronx) and a fan website in 2004.
This was the penultimate movie of stalwart actor Vic Morrow who died the same year as Bronx Warrior's release while filming The Twilight Zone movie. It also stars Fred Williamson as "King of the Bronx" The Ogre, leader of the most powerful Bronx gang the Tigers who takes on the role with his usual charismatic flair.
Various aspects of the movie remain under discussion by both fans and detractors, some decrying them as nonsensical and/ or proof of how awful the film is, while others argue that they give the film its unique charm.
- Trash, the leader of the Riders walks in a very effeminate and amusing "strut" that somewhat detracts from his status as a ruthless gang top dog in a lawless No Man's Land.
- While the Riders assemble at the docks for a meeting with the Tigers a drummer is loudly practicing on his drum kit near to where they stop. His presence is given no explanation and he even starts up again as they begin to move away. The camera cuts alternate between the gang members, the vehicles and the drummer.
- Like Achilles slaying Hector, Trash ties the dead body of an enemy to the rear of his motorcycle and takes it for a drag round the Bronx at the movie's conclusion.
- While the Bronx is supposed to be lawless, a long shot of the Riders in formation on the streets of the Bronx shows shops open, cars parked untouched and traffic proceeding in an orderly fashion in the middle and foregrounds of the sequence.