1990: The Bronx Warriors
|1990: The Bronx Warriors|
Italian film poster for 1990: The Bronx Warriors
|Directed by||Enzo G. Castellari|
|Produced by||Fabrizio De Angelis|
|Story by||Dardano Sacchetti|
|Music by||Walter Rizzati|
|Edited by||Gianfranco Amicucci|
Anne (Stefania Girolami) is the 17-year-old heiress to the arms manufacturing giant, The Manhattan Corporation. Unable to face her guilt over inheriting a morally questionable company when she turns 18, Anne runs away into the lawless wasteland of New York’s Bronx. According to the film publicity: “In the year 1990 the Bronx is officially declared No Man’s Land. The authorities give up all attempts to restore law and order. From then on the area is ruled by the Riders”.
Attacked by a roller skating gang called The Zombies, Anne is saved by members of The Riders, and taken under the protection of The Riders’ leader Trash (Mark Gregory). The Manhattan Corporation hires a ruthless and psychopathic mercenary named Hammer (Vic Morrow), who turns the various Bronx gangs against each other to ensure Anne is returned.
- Stefania Girolami as Anne
- Marco Di Gregorio as Trash
- Vic Morrow as Hammer
- Christopher Connelly as Hot Dog
- Fred Williamson as The Ogre
- "Betty" Elisabetta Dessy as Witch
- Rocco Lero as Paul
- George Eastman as Golem
- Carla Brait as Iron Man Leader
- John Loffredo as Ice
- Enio Girolami as Ted Fisher
- Enzo G Castellari as the Vice President
1990: The Bronx Warriors was one of the three science fiction films Enzo G Castellari made with producer Fabrizio De Angelis. These films take influence from Mad Max 2 (1981), The Warriors (1979), and Escape From New York (1981).
In a contemporary review, Kim Newman wrote in the Monthly Film Bulletin that the film contains the "usual virtues and vices of the Italian rip-off" noting that it was predominantly derivative of Escape from New York and The Warriors as well taking smaller elements from The Exterminator, Class of 1984 and Mad Max 2. Newman discussed this theft, stating that "Castellari nimbly steals back all the stylistic elements that Carpenter and Hill poached from Leone's Westerns in the first place." The review praised the "attarctive Panavision photography" and that the editing does "the best to conceal the fact that the epic battles and quests cover an extremely limited area of the Bronx."
AllMovie described the film as "one of the more successful examples of the post-apocalyptic action film genre that became popular during the early '80s." as well as that it was "probably too silly and overblown for a general audience, but is likely to please exploitation fans in search of cheap thrills" The review praised Sergio Salvati's cinematography noting and Walter Rizzati's rock music oriented score. The review noted that these elements did not compensate for the films "sillier excesses" such as the roller-skating gang and that the leads of Stefania Girolami and Marco di Gregorio were bland protagonists.
- Newman, Kim (1983). "Bronx Warriors "(1990 I Guerrieri del Bronx)"". Monthly Film Bulletin (London: British Film Institute) 50 (588): 191–192.
- Firsching, Robert. "The Bronx Warriors (1982)". AllMovie. Retrieved August 12, 2015.
- Hughes 2011, p. 273.
- Guarisco, Donald. "The Bronx Warriors (1982) - Enzo G. Castellari". AllMovie. Retrieved August 12, 2015.
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