Nation: The Flick of Violence

A gang film called The Warriors attracts off-screen rumbles

Staring from the poster, they looked like a nightmare of what might be, that terrifying day when the street gangs take over the city, any city. Some of them wore leather vests over bare chests. Others had on Arab headdresses. A few, their faces painted harlequin colors, wore baseball uniforms and carried bats. Massed as far as the eye could see, all looked menacing, and the threat was underscored by the text above the picture: "These are the Armies of the Night.

They are 100,000 strong. They outnumber the cops five to one. They...

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