The gangs represented in the movie — and more specifically, gang culture — can be seen in their decisions involving a gang called the Homicides, who were not only portrayed in the film but also existed in real life. The gang was quick to make a request: do not, under any circumstances, dress the film’s fictional gang members in gang colors when filming on their turf.
To ensure the wishes of this gang were respected, the wardrobe crew on set was carefully instructed to make sure no one involved in the movie accidentally wandered offset while donning gang colors. Much to the relief of those on the movie’s set, the barrier surrounding the film set would ultimately keep cast and crew members safe while on location.
The Film’s Originally Controversial Movie Poster
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.
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".
The Consequences of Light
Oftentimes, light is necessary to get the perfect shot while filming a movie, but the production of "The Warriors" proves that this is not always the case. In the case of making this movie, it was actually the presence of light that proved to be a real issue while filming. The cameramen actually faced a number of issues involving the lighting on set.
Of the many risky scenarios that could occur whilst rolling in the dark, one major issue often involves unexpected light sources. What’s the point of attempting to shoot scenes in the dark if, while filming the scene, street lights unexpectedly turn on out of nowhere?