1. The Warriors is loosely based on Anabasis, a historic tale of Greek mercenaries isolated behind Persian enemy lines who had to fight their way home.
2. The original novel by Sol Yurick, written 14 years earlier, challenged the romanticised view of street gangs from films like West Side Story, based on his experience as a New York City welfare department worker.
3. Due to gang violence at many screenings, Paramount completely removed advertising from radio and television and severely reduced print ads. 200 US cinemas even added security personnel.
4. Earning a positive response from younger audiences, by its sixth week the film had grossed over $16 million in box office receipts.
5. The film featured many real gang members and the iconic opening showing Cyrus’ speech utilised over 1000 extras. 6. Actor David Patrick Kelly improvised Luther's famous ‘come out to play’ taunt, one of the film's most well-known lines.
7. For a publicity photo, The Warriors gang logo was painted on a building, inadvertently over a real gang's tag. The gang didn't take lightly to this, so the producers paid them to appear in the film.
8. The bat-wielding Baseball Furies gang was created by combining director Walter Hill's love of baseball and the style of makeup used by the band KISS.
9. Surprisingly, US President Ronald Reagan was a fan of the film. He even phoned lead actor Michael Beck to tell him he screened it at Camp David, the President's country retreat.
10. Rockstar’s eponymous hit video game adaptation, featuring most of the original cast, celebrated its 10th-anniversary last year. Players could relive the classic storyline while learning how each character first joined the gang.
11. The movie has been referenced throughout pop culture, in TV series like The Simpsons, Bob’s Burgers, Black Dynamite and Luke Cage and in music such as Twisted Sister's ‘Come Out and Play’, Biohazard's ‘Wrong Side of the Tracks’ and the entire theme of popular new Madrid-based Heavy Metal band, Lizzies.
12. It was recently announced that The Russo Brothers (Captain America franchise) will collaborate with Paramount Television and Hulu for a re-imagined TV adaptation.
The Warriors come out to play at Edgbaston Stadium, Birmingham on April 1st & 2nd, 2017.