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Gang Movie Warriors Triggers Puzzling Tragic Wave of Audience Violence & Death!!

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...happened across a 30 year-old archive from People Magazine

eh, people are so dumb...

http://www.people.com/people/archive/article/0,,20073115,00.html

March 12, 1979 Vol. 11 No. 10

A Street-Gang Movie Called The Warriors Triggers a Puzzling, Tragic Wave of Audience Violence and Death

Critical response to The Warriors, a new $4 million movie about New York City street gangs, has ranged from mild disdain to modest praise. Audience reaction, on the other hand, has been far less restrained: Within a week of its release, three youngsters were dead and numerous incidents of violence had apparently been triggered by the film.

"If someone comes to a movie with a gun, who's at fault?" asks Warriors' film editor David Holden. Someone did just that at a drive-in showing on the night of February 12 in Palm Springs, Calif. and killed a teenager. Some 165 miles away, on the same night, an 18-year-old bled to death in a darkened theater in Oxnard, Calif. after being knifed by an unruly gang. And three nights later a Boston high school student was murdered outside a subway station, allegedly by two young men who had just come from the film.

Paramount Pictures, the movie's distributor, has scrapped its lurid advertising campaign (above) and offered to pay for extra security at any of the 670 theaters where The Warriors opened four weeks ago. Yet a mere handful of moviehouses have accepted Paramount's offer, and only about a dozen (including the two in California where the killings took place) have canceled the film. The reason is obvious: The Warriors grossed more than $10 million in its first two weeks.

Hollywood producer Tony (The Sting) Bill is not surprised by audience reaction. "It makes sense that a movie that basically glorifies violence would attract violence," says Bill, who happens to be producing one of at least four other gang-related films that are nearing release. (Bill insists his film, Boulevard Nights, is antiviolent.)

People connected with The Warriors professed surprise. Co-screenwriter David Shaber says it is "like Sesame Street compared to a film by Sam Peckinpah." Paramount VP Gordon Weaver observes that the violence is "the sort of thing that happens at rock concerts, high school basketball games and any place where diverse groups meet. It could have happened anywhere."

Here is a report on three places where it did:

Admission was only $1 at the Esplanade triplex in Oxnard, Calif. the night Tim Gitchel, his brother and two friends drove 10 miles from Ventura to catch the 10:10 showing. Just as The Warriors came on, the four youths suddenly found themselves battling at least 15 blacks who were suspected of drinking and smoking grass during the previous show. The fracas spilled into a walkway while Ed Treiberg, a patron who has worked with juveniles, looked on in horror. "They were caught up in a battle fever," says Treiberg of the assailants. "They just had the look of crazy in their eyes." Two of young Gitchel's companions were stabbed and Tim died from a knife wound to the heart. An 18-year-old construction worker, he was ambitious and hard-working and planned to attend college to study law. "Tim didn't hate anybody," recalls his mother. "He loved life." His family plans to file a civil suit against Paramount and the theater complex.

Four hours before Gitchel died, Marvin Kenneth Eller and several friends drove into the Palm Springs Drive-In to see The Warriors. At the movie, 19-year-old Kenny argued with a youth who blocked the way to the bathroom. Garbage cans flew; several shots were fired from a small-caliber handgun. A bullet went through Eller's skull, and after four days on the critical list he died. The unmarried father of a one-year-old son, Kenny worked for his father as a roofer.

Martin Yakubowicz, 16, a high school sophomore, left his $2.90-an-hour job in Back Bay Boston—putting bindings on skis—half an hour early that Thursday so he could be home in Dorchester in time to bring his mother a surprise gift. He boarded the subway near Symphony Hall and changed trains at a transfer point, where he encountered six youths—two of whom were friends—who had just seen The Warriors. They left the subway together, and, as Marty headed for a bus, a fight broke out and he was fatally stabbed.

The Warriors is still going strong at Boston's Saxon Theatre, which, says the assistant manager, "hasn't done such good business since My Fair Lady."
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the movie dont make me wanna go kill someone omg what the hell is wrong with them
i have a reason, so there fore i am not a rebel without a cause

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I remember  when I saw the film at my local theater in 79 there was all the rumors of violence at theaters.
I had later gotten a job there and then wound up owning the local discount theater

One time when I had the great idea of running the movie (Boyz in da Hood) for the low price of only 50 cents addmission.  I had way more people show than I had seats for  :shock: Every wanna be with 50 cents in there pocket showed. I had to turn many people away as they gathered outside the theater and stared cuasing trouble. I had to call the police to get the crowd dispearsed. Nothing happened but very well could have.

  Another time while running the movie (American History X)  a (group) showed up who didn't care for the plot and were disrupting the show. Fortunatley I got them to leave without incident.

Most of the time the mainstream competitor theater down the road would pass on the gang realated films and I would get them.
As a ex theater owner/manager I can say that showing a gang realated movie will definatletly bring out the wrong crowd to the show.

If or when the Warriors remake/sequel  gets made, Im willing to bet that today there will many acts of voilence in the theaters. I don't want to Jinx it but I bet its one of the reasons that is keeping the film from being made  :doubt:   



 
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kowolski wrote: I remember  when I saw the film at my local theater in 79 there was all the rumors of violence at theaters.
I had later gotten a job there and then wound up owning the local discount theater

One time when I had the great idea of running the movie (Boyz in da Hood) for the low price of only 50 cents addmission.  I had way more people show than I had seats for  :shock: Every wanna be with 50 cents in there pocket showed. I had to turn many people away as they gathered outside the theater and stared cuasing trouble. I had to call the police to get the crowd dispearsed. Nothing happened but very well could have.

  Another time while running the movie (American History X)  a (group) showed up who didn't care for the plot and were disrupting the show. Fortunatley I got them to leave without incident.

Most of the time the mainstream competitor theater down the road would pass on the gang realated films and I would get them.
As a ex theater owner/manager I can say that showing a gang realated movie will definatletly bring out the wrong crowd to the show.

If or when the Warriors remake/sequel  gets made, Im willing to bet that today there will many acts of voilence in the theaters. I don't want to Jinx it but I bet its one of the reasons that is keeping the film from being made  :doubt:     
 
Good insight kowolski.  Your right it is the people who certain movies attract.  I also think it is some sort of testament to the movies themselves for provoking certain emotions (sadness, anger, emptiness, etc...).  I can rember being a kid and watching old Kung Fu flicks or Samurai movies and getting all hyped after the movie and trying stupid kung fu moves on my friends and making weapons out of sticks and junk we found. 
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Maybe someone should have done something about the 15 rowdy, stoned, drunk blacks causing trouble at the last show so the incident at the next showing wouldn't have happened  :x .... instead of  blaming the warriors movie.

it makes me so mad when people blame the media for all the problems in the world.
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BaseballFury100 wrote: Maybe someone should have done something about the 15 rowdy, stoned, drunk blacks causing trouble at the last show so the incident at the next showing wouldn't have happened  :x .... instead of  blaming the warriors movie.

it makes me so mad when people blame the media for all the problems in the world.








ummmmmm why do u spot out "blacks"
i have a reason, so there fore i am not a rebel without a cause

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