Set in a pre-Giuliani New York that seems to be populated entirely by gangs ("They outnumber the police five to one," went the ad campaign), this 1979 film recalls a time before Los Angeles had replaced the Big Apple as the ongoing symbol of American degeneration. In fact, the movie opens with a dystopian (or utopian, depending on your politics) suggestion of a multiracial army of the dispossessed, as gang visionary Cyrus (Roger Hill) exhorts a mass meeting of rival gangs to unite and control the city. After he's assassinated mid-speech, the film's eponymous gang, wrongly accused of the killing, must make the journey from the Bronx to Coney Island, with every other gang in the city out to capture or kill them. Embracing the cheesiness of its... More >>>