Watch This: Can… you… dig it?

Every day, Watch This offers staff recommendations inspired by a new movie coming out that week. This week: It’s the final week of the year, so we’re dispensing with themes and just recommending some movies we love.

The Warriors (1979)

Xenophon’s Anabasis, from which Sol Yurick’s 1965 novel The Warriors is adapted, is an ostensible history with all the qualities of a myth. In turn, Walter Hill, working from Yurick’s initial adaptation of Anabasis, creates a fancifully gritty alternate universe New York City, transposing and downscaling the journey of the Ten Thousand to the post-Civil Rights movement late-1970s. The Persian king is replaced by a Cyrus equal parts Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, and Jesus Christ, a Grammercy-based gang leader who seeks to unite the gangs of all five boroughs as a political bloc against police oppression. “Caaaaaan youuuu dig iiiiiiit?” he asks them …

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