Also known as: 1990: I guerrieri del Bronx (Italy)
Release Date: November 17th, 1982 (Italy)
Directed by: Enzo G. Castellari
Written by: Dardano Sacchetti, Elisa Livia Briganti, Enzo G. Castellari
Music by: Walter Rizzati
Cast: Vic Morrow, Christopher Connelly, Fred Williamson, Mark Gregory
Deaf Internacional Film SrL, United Film Distribution Company (UFDC), 89 Minutes
What happens when you mix Walter Hill’s classic The Warriors with John Carpenter’s phenomenal Escape From New York and have the Italians make it? The answer: 1990: Bronx Warriors or as the Italians called it 1990: I guerrieri del Bronx.
While this ripoff is not a great movie, it is still a pretty entertaining way to spend an hour and a half. Plus, it has Fred Williamson in it and I’ll watch that guy crack skulls until the end of time.
The weakest part of this film though, is the villains. You have this pair of baddies who ride around in a yellow semi together. Their names are Hotdog and Hammer, I shit you not. Hotdog is apprehensive about his villany, while Hammer is just an evil prick hellbent on being an evil prick.
The film is full of really fantastical and gimmicky gangs like The Warriors. We have the Riders, who are basically the Warriors on motorcycles. Then you have a roller hockey gang that are similar to the Baseball Furies from The Warriors. There are the Tigers who are dressed like pimps wearing face paint. There’s a gang that wears bowler hats and dances around like Taco in the “Puttin’ On The Ritz” video. There is some neanderthal caveman gang that lives in the sewers. There are probably some others too but these are the ones that stick out. There’s also a cool drunk hobo.
The plot of this thing sees a rich white girl cross the bridge into the Bronx, which the government has declared “No Man’s Land”. It is a lawless zone run by gangs, who each take their turf really seriously. The girl hooks up with a dude named Trash, who is the leader of the Riders. The rest of the plot is confusing but the girl is set to inherit a billion dollar corporation and is on the run. The hockey gang kidnaps her, the Riders team up with Fred Williamson’s Tigers and decide to raise hell. Hotdog and Hammer are trying to kill everything, well mostly just Hammer as Hotdog wants out of the arrangement.
There is not as much action as you would hope but when the action gets going, it’s pretty solid stuff. Fred Williamson decapitates some punk ass thug at one point, which is the violent highlight of the film.
1990: Bronx Warriors is a good time killer. It’s nowhere near as great as the films it rips off but it is a nice Italian homage to them. And again, it has Fred Williamson in it.