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The Wanderers

Despite an uneasy blend of nostalgia and violence, The Wanderers is a well-made and impressive film. Philip Kaufman, who also co-scripted with his wife, Rose [from the novel by Richard Price], has accurately captured the urban angst of growing up in the 1960s.

With:
Ken Wahl John Friedrich Karen Allen Linda Manz Toni Kalem Tony Ganios

Despite an uneasy blend of nostalgia and violence, The Wanderers is a well-made and impressive film. Philip Kaufman, who also co-scripted with his wife, Rose [from the novel by Richard Price], has accurately captured the urban angst of growing up in the 1960s.

Thesping is first-rate from the largely unknown cast, with Ken Wahl, John Friedrich and especially Tony Ganios delivering well-rounded and believable characterizations. Also outstanding are Toni Kalem as a gum-popping flirt, and Karen Allen as her more serious, soulful counterpart.

Disturbing elements in The Wanderers crop up in the explicitly violent episodes, including those involving the symbolic Ducky Boys, a murderous pint-sized gang, and the Fordham Baldies, bald behemoths.

The Wanderers

Production: Orion. Director Philip Kaufman; Producer Martin Ransohoff; Screenplay Rose Kaufman, Philip Kaufman; Camera Michael Chapman; Editor Ronald Roose, Stuart H. Pappe; Art Director Jay Moore

Crew: (Color) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1979. Running time: 113 MIN.

With: Ken Wahl John Friedrich Karen Allen Linda Manz Toni Kalem Tony Ganios

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