Cinema: Showing Off

THE WANDERERS Directed by Philip Kaufman Screenplay by Rose Kaufman and Philip Kaufman

The Wanderers is not just another urban gang movie; it is a little of every big, prominent gang movie made during the past two decades. Bits and pieces of this volatile film recall Clockwork Orange, Mean Streets, The Warriors and even West Side Story. Though the conflicting parts never mesh into a coherent whole, The Wanderers is always worth watching.

It contains more surprises than a walking tour of Times Square at 3 in the morning: you never know whether the...

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