The studio’s promotional campaign for this film was blamed for much of the violence that followed the release of the film, in large part due to the poster’s dramatic line that read: “These are the armies of the night… They could run New York City. Tonight they’re all out to get the Warriors.”
While the words on this initial poster stated the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, containing no trace of lies or dishonesty whatsoever, we do admit that this phrasing might have been just slightly too abrasive for some people. We guess some people just can’t handle the truth.
Keep It Down, Will Ya!?
Much to the dissatisfaction of those residing in the neighborhoods where the filming was taking place, the obnoxiously loud scenes were only made worse by the fact that most of the filming took place at night. Especially with a film as intense as "The Warriors", one can only imagine just how noisy the neighborhoods surrounding the set could get.
As expected, neighbors grew so fed up from the ceaseless noise on set — in particular, the relentless commotion that occurred during the early hours of the morning — that in order to make a point, they went as far as to defiantly urinate on unlucky crew members from their apartments up above.
The Very Real-Life Threats on Set
For the actors and crew members on set during filming, the real-life dangers surrounding them were not only very real but also imminent. According to reports from members of this film crew, they often received a myriad of terrifying threats from the gang members who were not hired for the film.
We can’t even imagine how scared they must have been! Additionally, thousands of dollars in movie equipment would also feel the wrath of surrounding gangs, when one particular gang, felt it necessary to go on a rampage, running throughout the set during one lunch break, breaking and vandalizing equipment and props.
Receiving the Presidential Stamp of Approval
It’s a widely known fact: presidents are extremely busy individuals. In the case of "The Warriors", it was leading man Michael Beck that had the honor of receiving a presidential call. Yup, believe it or not, Ronald Reagan, the 40th president of the United States, actually made time to give this actor a call.
According to reports, after watching "The Warriors" Reagan rang Beck, in order to state his presidential approval, informing the lucky actor just how much he enjoyed the film, which is perhaps, one of the greatest honors someone can receive. In our opinion, nothing says ‘success’ more than a presidential stamp of approval.
The Downfall of Adoring Fans
What could possibly go wrong when allowing onlookers to watch the filming of a film? As witnessed during the filming of "The Warriors", many things could go wrong. Unbeknownst to the adoring fans, as well as the filmmakers that allowed the gathering of such crowds, such massive amounts of people brought the noise level to unprecedented levels.
As a result of this commotion, specifically thanks to the crows and the noise they obliviously carried with them, the makers of the film were left with no other option but to occasionally change the filming location of the movie. These massive crowds and their mindless chatter did, however, prove detrimental to the filming of "The Warriors".